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IVF egg donations double in the past 10 years (Health and Nutrition)

21/03/2018

The numer of egg donations being used in In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) cycles is on the rise, according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s (HFEA). 

Statistics show that 3924 women underwent IVF using a donor egg in 2016, compared to only 1912 cases in 2006. 

This dramatic increase could be attributed to an increase awareness of IVF and gamete donation procedures as a alternative method of conception. There are also more same sex couples, sinlge women and older women who are trying to conceive a child. Particularly, the largest group of women using donated eggs were those over the age of 44. 

There is also an increasing number of women who are willing to donate their eggs. 

What is gamete donation?

Gamete donation is the donation of your egg or sperm which could be used in the process of IVF. 

Egg donation is the process by which a woman donates her eggs to enable another women to conceive as part of an assisted reporduction treatment. 

Sperm donation is when a man donates his sperm to articificially inseminate a woman.

What are the UK laws surrounding gamate and embyro donation?

Since 2005, all egg, sperm and embryo donors must provide personal details (both identifiable and non identifiable) which may be passed onto the individual born as a result of the donation if requested. 

What kind of personal information do you have to provide?

You will be asked to give your full name, date of birth, address, medical history, a goodwill messahe and a personal description. 

They will also hold information about any other children you have had as a result of your donation.

What information is the child entitled to?

When the child turns 16, they are able to apply to the HFEA for non identifiable information regarding their biological parents. However, it is not until they are 18 that they can request identifiable information. 

What information is the donor entitled to?

The donor is able to seek the following information:

  • If the donation was successful 
  • The gender of the child
  • The year the child was born 
  • The number of children born

However, they are not able to request any information that may allow them to identify the child. 

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