Egg Donation

Egg donation is the process whereby a woman or a couple uses donated eggs, or oocytes, in a fertility treatment. This is often essential when a woman may struggle to conceive naturally, or may be infertile.
What is Egg Donation? What is Egg Donation?
Consulta de ovodonación

What is egg donation?

When is egg donation recommended?

The use of donor eggs may be recommended for:

  • Women of advanced maternal age
  • Women who have experienced ovarian failure
  • Women under the age of 45 who have experienced early menopause
  • Women who cannot use their own oocytes due to poor quality
  • Women who cannot use their own oocytes due to hereditary diseases
  • Women whose ovaries cannot produce oocytes after ovarian surgery
  • Women who have experienced repeated failed IVF cycles
  • Women who suffered repeated miscarriages
What are the success rates?

What are the success rates?


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What egg donation programmes does IVI offer?

There are three different egg donation programmes offered by IVI London. Our specialists can advise which option may be best for you based on your specific circumstances.

There are specific criteria that must be met in order to become a donor. These apply across all egg donation programmes. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 35, fit and healthy, and have no history in the family of inherited diseases or genetic disorders. In the UK, the criteria for becoming a donor is regulated by the HFEA.

Before using donated eggs in a fertility treatment, it is important to understand the process of donation and its legal implications.

In the UK, donation is always non-anonymous. This means that any donor-conceived person has the legal right at the age of 18 to request information about their donor. The donor-conceived person has no legal claims or rights in relation to their donor. Similarly, there is no legal implication for the donor towards any children born as a result of their donated egg or embryo.

At the time of donation, only non-identifying information will be available to the recipient of any donated eggs (or embryos), such as height, eye colour, hair colour, country of birth and educational background. Most of our patients want to know as much as possible about their donor, so we try to make sure our donor profiles are as personal as possible, including how the donor describes themselves, how their friends see them, and what hobbies they have.

Many of our donors also write a personal message for any children born from their donation, which can also be read by the parents.

At IVI London, counselling is an essential part of egg donation to ensure that both parties understand the implications of the process.

Known egg donation is different to non-anonymous, or altruistic, egg donation. Known egg donation is a process in which a recipient couple use oocytes in a fertility treatment which have been donated voluntarily from someone they know.

This could be a friend, a relative or anyone who has agreed to donate their oocytes knowingly. Known egg donation is very common and many recipient couples find comfort in knowing their donor is someone close to them. In order to become a donor, known donors must meet the same criteria as non-anonymous donors.

Like altruistic donation, counselling will be offered to both the known donor and the recipient couple to ensure that they understand the implications of the process.

In Spain, egg donation must be completely anonymous. This process is regulated by Law 14/2006 which states anonymity is compulsory and there can be no links or contact between donor and the recipient couples. Recipient couples can only know very basic non-identifying information about the donor, such as complexion, height and eye colour. It is not possible for a donor-conceived individual to find out information about their donor.

Like in the UK, donors must be between the ages of 18 and 35, be healthy and have no family history of genetic diseases. In addition, the legal framework in Spain guarantees that all donations are voluntary and altruistic, avoiding any commercial motivation.

Many couples in the UK use egg donation programmes overseas because there is greater availability of donor eggs, thus reducing waiting times if their treatment is time-sensitive.

To learn more about donation in Spain and the donor allocation process, you can visit our international website.


Procedure Procedure

First consultation

On the first visit, our specialists will review your case, in order to be able to recommend the treatment that best suits your situation. For this, reports of any previous reproduction treatment will be reviewed, if any, and a gynaecological study of the patient will be carried out, as well as an analysis of the semen sample, in the case of a heterosexual couple. During this visit, you can discuss the different treatment options with our specialists, depending on whether you prefer an anonymous or non-anonymous donation.

Second visit

Second visit

Donor matching

Probeta para donación de ovocitos
Pharmacological treatment

Pharmacological treatment

Preparation of the semen

Preparation of the semen
Fertilisation and embryo culture

Fertilisation and embryo culture


Pregnancy test

Pregnancy test

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