Egg donation > Is donating eggs anonymous?
Is donating eggs anonymous?
Confusingly the answer to this question is both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ as there are two different aspects to consider:
- Yes, at the time of donating you are anonymous as far as the recipient couple are concerned
- No, any child from your donation has the right to find out your identity when he or she reaches 18 years old
Anonymous egg donation
Although we tell the recipient couple quite a lot about you, we never give them any information that could enable them to identify who you are, and neither will we reveal their identity to you. In this case therefore your donation is completely anonymous. We refer both you and the couple to the same clinic for your treatment cycles, but they will also keep all identifying information entirely confidential.
Being anonymous in this way makes the experience of egg donation much clearer for both you and the recipient couple, keeping confusing emotions and relationships separate. However, this does not mean that it is any less special. The way that we match you with a couple, and the amount of information that we are able to pass between you both, makes this a very personal donation and enables you both to feel a connection with each other despite not being directly known to one another.
Donor identity for a child
The law in the UK states that any child born as a result of egg (or sperm) donation has the right to find out the identity of the donor once they reach 18 years old. In this way egg donation cannot be entirely anonymous, although it will be for at least these first 18 years.
However, you do not need to worry that a child will suddenly turn up on your doorstep out of the blue at some point in the future. There is a definite process that the child (or young adult as he or she will then be) will have to go through which will entail him or her making an application to the HFEA (the government regulatory authority) to get access to this information. The HFEA will then contact you to let you know that they have received such a request and they will manage things from that point.
You can also be reassured that a child has no claim on you in any way, and neither do you have any rights or responsibilities towards him or her. Because children from egg donation will have been brought up in a loving family with their own parents it is likely that they will only be requesting this information out of curiosity about their origins rather than any other reason.
See also our page on Egg Donor Privacy
For further support and advice about egg donation, please feel free to talk to us in total confidence on 01969 667 875