Egg Donor Program

On this page:

  1. Egg Donation Works For.....
  2. Finding An Egg Donor.
  3. Who Can Be A Donor?
  4. What If Someone Asks Me To Donate?
  5. The Egg Donation Process.
  6. Possible Risks.
  7. Find Out More.

Pregnancy and motherhood are life’s most amazing gifts. And with an egg donation, it’s something you can experience too.

At Flinders Fertility we can help women conceive and have families through egg donation.

Egg Donation Works For...

An egg donation can lead to healthy, happy conception if, for example:

  1. The female partner has early onset of menopause.
  2. The female partner doesn’t want to risk passing on a genetic disease.
  3. The female partner has premature ovarian failure (because of disease, surgery or radiation therapy), a congenital absence of the ovaries or else has had multiple previous IVF cycles with a poor outcome.
  4. You are a single infertile woman using donor sperm.

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Finding An Egg Donor

Very rarely will a woman contact Flinders Fertilityto become an egg donor.  However, if one does then we will put them in touch with one of our patients.  Flinders Fertility, like all fertility units in Australia, cannot advertise for egg donors.

Most of our patients come to us with a donor already in mind. Someone they know – a friend or family member, who’s already agreed to donate her eggs.  Others advertise for donors (our counsellor can help you with this process), and some arrange overseas donation.

No matter which path you take, we can help. In fact, we recommend you talk to our Donor Coordinator first, before you start looking for a donor.  Call 131 IVF (131 483) or you can email the Donor Coordinator at enquire@flindersfertility.com.au

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Who Can Be A Donor?

Not all women can donate eggs.  Our policies are designed to increase the chance that a pregnancy will result and that the process will be safe for both donor and recipient.
The ideal egg donor will be between 21 and 35 years old, and will already have completed her own family. More importantly, she’ll need to comply with Australia’s regulations.

Potential Donors over the age of 35 and those who have not completed their family may still be considered with appropriate medical consultation and counselling.

Some of the more important requirements are that:

  1. Donors must consent to the release of all identifying information to the offspring conceived from donor eggs.  This information can be requested by the offspring once he/she turns 16 years of age.
  2. Undergo counselling, medical assessments, and screening for infectious and genetic diseases.
  3. A donor cannot be paid in any way, except for the reimbursement for out of pocket costs. Donation must be altruistic. Under the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 (Commonwealth), section 21, a person commits an offense if the person intentionally gives or offers valuable consideration to another person for the supply of an egg, and a person commits an offence if the person intentionally receives valuable consideration from another person for the supply of an egg.
  4. Under the SA Family Relationships Act (Part 2A)(South Australia)  maternity and paternity is with the recipient couple.

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What If Someone Asks Me To Donate?

Some women donate eggs to help a relative or friend. These are called "known donors."

If someone asks you to donate, it does not automatically mean you can. The flindersfertility egg donor program will make certain that you are not feeling pressured to take part because of your emotional or financial ties to the recipient.

As a known donor, you must be ready for problems that might emerge later. How will your relationship with the recipient change? What will the child and other family members be told?

Even when pregnancy does not occur, egg donation can still have a long-lasting impact on a donor's relationship with her relative or friend.

At Flinders Fertility, the donor and recipient, along with their spouses, meet together with a counsellor, as well as separately.

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The Egg Donation Process

The Flinders Fertility egg donor program can be broken down into 3 broad parts:

  1. Assessment and consent for both donor and recipient.  This involves mandatory counselling for all parties involved and medical assessment which will include blood tests for infectious diseases and any relevant tests ordered by your specialist.
  2. Clinical program.  The clinical program involves the donor undergoing an In Vitro Fertilisation (“IVF”) cycle.
  3. Follow up.

Here are some details about the process:

  1. Both you and the donor will participate in a series of consultations with one of our fertility specialists. These consultations involve general medical screening, and infectious and genetic disease screening.
  2. We’ll then schedule counselling for both you and the donor and partner. This is an opportunity to consider the legal, social, genetic and moral implications of the donor program, and it helps everyone make an informed decision. Egg donation can be an emotional process, and may have long-term implications, so counselling is mandatory.
  3. After the satisfactory completion of the above steps, and consents are signed, the donor’s eggs are then collected through an In Vitro Fertilisation (“IVF”) cycle. This is co-ordinated to synchronise her cycle with yours, so the eggs can be transferred at the best possible time. The egg collection procedure is usually performed under a light sedation or general anaesthetic.
  4. At the same time, the sperm is collected.
  5. The eggs are then fertilised in the laboratory.
  6. 3 to 5 days after the egg collection, one of the fertilised eggs (embryos) is transferred to you and any other viable embryos are frozen, in case you want them in the future.
  7. After 19 days, we test you to see if you’re pregnant!

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Possible Risks

Essentially, egg donation is an IVF process.  For detailed information about risks, please open or download our "IVF Booklet" (pdf 2.39MB).

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Find Out If Egg Donation Could Work For You

At Flinders Fertility we recognise that a website may not cover all your information requirements.  That's why we offer a number of information options. So, if you want to find out more about egg donation, either:

  1. Call on 131 IVF (131 483) to talk to our Egg Donor Coordinator.
  2. Email us at enquire@flindersfertility.com.au.
  3. Seek a referral to Flinders Fertility from your Doctor.

If you require the aid of an interpreter please let us know, as well as any specific regional dialect that you may require.

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