For some people, egg, embryo or sperm donation is the only way they can successfully achieve a pregnancy. However, using a donor is a major decision and should not be taken lightly. You should take your time to think about whether or not a donor is the right decision for you.
At The Fertility Partnership, we are hugely proud of the work we do around helping our patients achieve their dreams of becoming parents. However, for some of our patients, this journey is not straightforward, and they require some additional help in this complicated and eventful journey. That is why we have our own Donor Bank specifically for sperm donors. If you are interested in becoming a sperm donor, please visit tfpdonorbank.com.
If you are using a donor through a licensed UK fertility clinic there are very few risks to worry about. A licensed fertility clinic will ensure the donor is thoroughly checked to ensure they don’t have any serious genetic diseases that could be passed onto future children.
Checks will also include any infections including HIV, Hepatitis B, syphilis, and gonorrhoea.
Every single donor is thoroughly checked, even if they are someone you know.
It is illegal to pay a donor anything other than expenses in the UK. This means that those donating sperm, eggs, or embryos are doing so for reasons other than financial gain.
The amount a donor can be paid for expenses is limited to £350 for sperm donors (£35 each visit for 10 visits) and £750 for egg donors per completed egg donation cycle. However, this cost is paid to the donor by the clinic as part of the donor cycles.
If you want to use a donor, the next step is knowing where to find an egg donor and sperm donor that is right for you. The safest option is to find a donor from a licensed clinic. This ensures they will have been given all of the necessary health checks and screenings.
It will also mean you are supported through every aspect of the process with counselling, information, and support for any questions.
Some clinics have a list of donors that you can choose from or they will match your characteristics to a donor. At some clinics the waiting lists can be very long, so it is important to view the current waiting times before committing to anything. Wessex Fertility are pleased to have a very short waiting list for egg donors to be matched to a donor and no waiting list to be matched to a sperm donor for most physical characteristics.
If you have a friend that you would like to use as a donor, it is important you are aware they will be subject to the same thorough tests and screenings as other donors. It is important to note that there are restrictions on mixing sperm and eggs between close relatives. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to talk to our experts.
It is possible to purchase donor sperm from accredited donor sperm websites and ship it to the clinic via a courier ready for treatment. These websites have a broad selection of physical characteristics to choose from. It is important to check with the clinic you are using before purchasing the sperm that the sperm bank is fully accredited and meets our requirements.
In the event that you achieve pregnancy with donor egg and sperm, you may be wondering about any rights the donor has to future children. If you choose a donor through a licensed fertility clinic in the UK, they will have no legal rights or responsibilities to any children born as a result of their sperm, egg, or embryo donation. This means that:
It is important to note that if you do not choose a donor from a licensed clinic but instead try another route, there is a risk they will be considered a parent in the eyes of the law. This means that they will have all the rights and responsibilities that parenting a child brings. As you can tell, how you find a donor and who you choose can have a significant impact on the future.
Many people wonder how much information they can find out about a donor before they go ahead with fertility treatment. In the UK, there is a limit to the information you can find out. However, your fertility clinic will be able to provide you with the following information about your donor:
A sperm and egg donor’s anonymity is of the utmost importance in the UK. Therefore, you won’t be able to find out any personal information that may reveal their identity. If you choose to use the same donor in the future, you can reserve the sperm, eggs, or embryos until you are ready to use them. However, this may include a fee.
Here at Wessex Fertility, we provide successful donor sperm and egg programmes. We also have close links with a number of clinics worldwide for those wanting to receive overseas treatment. If you think that donation or donor conception will be a part of your fertility journey, we would love to talk you through your next steps. Become a donor or sign up to use donor eggs and sperm today. The section below provides some very useful information about the donation journeys available to you.