Egg recipients > Matching your egg donor
How we match you with an egg donor
We understand that an important part of coming to terms with egg donation is feeling that care has been taken to match you with a suitable egg donor – one with whom you would feel comfortable. The fact that the donor will almost always be anonymous to you makes it even more important for us to get this right.
To help us do this, we will ask you for a photograph of yourself on your own and one of you together if you are a couple. We will do the same with those women who are prepared to become egg donors, and this is the starting point for the matching process.
We base our matching on two broad areas:
1. Your physical characteristics
In registering with us you will have given us details of your physical characteristics on the registration form. We try and use these to match your egg donor with you through:
- General build
- Eye Colour
- Hair colour
- Skin tone
- Ethnicity & Heritage
2. Your backgrounds
We also try to try to match your egg donor with you as much as possible with other aspects, including:
- Education, Qualifications and Occupation. We ask egg donors their level of education, including further training, degree or professional registration. We also find out similar information about her siblings and parents. Some of our egg donors are young mums who chose to have children early instead of professional training or degree. We take all this into account when matching, once we understand them in their wider family context.
- Interests and hobbies. A subjective assessment. This will be based on the commonalities of personality and character. This includes attributes such as sense of humour, love of animals, life experiences etc.
Please note that the information we use is based solely on that provided by the egg donor and is not verified by any documentation. The Licensed Treatment Centre will obtain medical documentation on the egg donor.
For further support and advice about becoming a human egg recipient, please feel free to talk to us in total confidence on 01969 667 875