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Egg donor in the UK

Hi everyone. I have been ttc for 3 years. Im 37 and have just been told my amh level is 0.07 and that it's time to consider egg donation. Coupled with my severe endometriosis and only 1 Fallopian tube, things are not great. But, I refuse to give up hope! My consultant is recommending an egg donation clinic in Washington DC in America. I'm considering my options and would appreciate some advice on UK donor clinics. Thanks in advance.

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all the UK clinics do donor egg... since the increase in fees there has been an increase in donors

we're doing our donor egg cycle next week

you could look at London women's clinic but they all do it.. we're with care fertility in Manchester

I understand you predicament our amh came back even lower than yours but we don't have endo

don't give up but there will be someone in the UK who can help


how you finding care in Manchester im considering using that one for egg sharing



care are very good at what they do I would say... well staffed and well equipped too.. they were very good too US after our frozen egg cycle went wrong earlier this year

on Wednesday we will be there for our donor ec and hopefully ET on Saturday

they are very much pioneers... we've got the embryoscope booked too

one of the founders prof fischel was after all on the team that created the worlds first Ivf baby

go along to an open evening and see....


Hi, good question, and something we are considering. I think you need to understand why this clinic in Washington has been recommended, but as Dave says, do look around the UK too. You may also want to consider the different set ups in the UK, e.g. the donor annominity rules are different. You may also wish to consider clinics elsewhere in Europe.


Hi Moakesy

First of all, most case of endometriosis are generally controlled with drug usage throughout egg donation cycles, and the fact that you only have one Fallopian tube will not affect a treatment cycle. I've copied the following from "Donor Conception UK" for you to see, which I only picked up from a study day I went to very recently, and hope it helps with the overseas queries. Clinics that are regulated by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority who use overseas donors have to abide by the UK's ruling, and as far as I know are safely checked out before recruiting. A list of these clinics can be accessed on their website hfea.gov.uk You would then have to look at the different clinics' details for donor availability.

Hope this helps a bit, and I do wish you both well with whatever you decide to do.


Donor Conception Treatment outside the UK

DC Network is increasingly being approached by people seeking information about clinics outside the UK that provide donor conception, usually egg donation.

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to collect information about or to verify the clinical and ethical standards of clinics in other countries, or the legal position applicable in them.

Anyone planning any sort of medical treatment abroad may have to face the prospect of travelling to what may be an unfamiliar country with different laws, language difficulties and potentially different clinical standards.

However those seeking donor treatment in overseas clinics face a number of additional issues.

Laboratory standards and screening of donors

In 2007 standards for the handling of cells (including embryos, eggs and sperm) in EU countries will be required to be harmonised under the Tissues and Cells Directive. The standards of testing donors for disease and inherited disorders may not be the same as in UK clinics.

Recruitment of donors

There have been reports that women in some countries have been recruited as egg donors in circumstances that suggest a degree of exploitation. The Tissues and Cells Directive says that EU donors should not be paid for donating but can be compensated for inconvenience.

There seem to be very wide discrepancies in how this is interpreted. It is often difficult to get meaningful assurances about the circumstances in which donors have been recruited.

Donor information

Outside the UK there is no standardisation of the non-identifying information about donors (including the reasons why the donor donated) that may be available. In some countries, such as the USA, a large amount of information is obtainable about donors.

In most European countries there may be less information available than in the UK. In most countries there is no central register of donors and recipients. Record keeping and future access to information contained on records may not be as clearly set out as in the UK.

Anonymous or identifiable donors

In many countries all donations are anonymous and for some people who are conscious that an identifiable donor would be preferable but face waiting lists in the UK, this is the most difficult issue.

They are aware that a child might grow up wanting identifying information about his or her donor, and the choice to have treatment with an anonymous donor rather than waiting for a UK identifiable donor may have to be explained to the child later.

If on the other hand an overseas donor is to be identifiable when the child reaches 18 (as in the UK), the systems for recording and eventually accessing the donor’s details may not be as robust as in the UK.


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