How to donate eggs in the UK

Altruistic egg donation is a wonderful, generous and selfless act. It allows a chance to make a real and meaningful difference in the life of another; to give hope to those who have none and offer a precious, life-changing gift that will help make another family complete.

It really is important that you are able to make a fully informed decision about whether egg donation is right for you. As the only organisation in the UK who specialise in finding and looking after altruistic egg donors, Altrui is 100% committed to giving you all the information and support you need to make your egg donation an easy and rewarding experience for all.

More information can be found on other pages and there is a selection of videos in which an Altrui egg donor talks to the experts and asks questions about egg donation. An information pack is also available to download or, if you would just like to talk it through (without any obligation at all), please get in touch directly and we will be happy to have a chat in complete confidence.

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The experience as a whole has been amazing. I cannot fault the dedicated staff at Altrui who really do have donors at the heart of everything they do. Such a personal and caring service. I felt fully informed at every stage and it ran so smoothly. The clinic was lovely and the staff there mirrored the caring and thoughtful service I received from Altrui. It has been a real pleasure from start to finish and I would recommend donation to anyone who is able to. I feel so privileged to be part of something so special and can’t wait to find out more about how my donation has helped someone start or expand their family.

Emma - Egg donor

I have completed my cycle of egg donation. It is something very special, I feel proud to have helped a special couple. It has made my husband and me think about extending our own family further. I would recommend others to help if you can, such a feeling of overwhelming pride, the ultimate gift!
Thank you to Altrui for taking care of me throughout the process.

Gemma - Egg Donor

Maybe bit more emphasis on how time consuming the process is, would have been helpful. If the ACU is not very local then travel arrangements around work commitments can be difficult.

Lara - Egg Donor

A massive, huge thank you to everyone at Altrui – I have recently done one of the most rewarding things in my life, donated eggs, and it would have been impossible without Alison and her team.

Before making this decision I read through numerous clinic websites and although they contained very useful information, the approach was quite impersonal and did not appeal to me. Something wasn’t right about this for me, and I abandoned the idea of donating for a couple of months. Discovering Altrui website and Facebook page was an absolute game changer – this was the point when I decided that I will be donating, as I could see how Altrui is different in their support, care and very personal approach to both donors and recipients.

The idea of donating to a particular, carefully matched person/couple rather than just an egg bank was something that made it right for me, as well as tons of support offered by Altrui – I knew I wouldn’t be alone in this journey. Clinic staff were marvellously caring and accommodating around my commitments, and the whole process was much less stressful than I thought it would be. Injections can be a bit scary at first but in 1-2 days they become easy and routine like a morning cup of coffee. I think the most difficult part for me was the actual egg donation, as 1-2 days prior to it I did get quite bloated, and although the procedure was done under sedation and I can’t remember anything, I had to take it easy for a couple of days after due to some cramps, which are absolutely normal and are easily relieved with paracetamol. But it is worth it a hundred times – the sense of achievement you get is just hard to put into words. After egg collection clinic staff brought me a delightful gift from my recipient family, full of meaning for all of us, as well as a note with words that touched me deeply. Reimbursement of expenses came to my account the next day after donation procedure, again thanks to Altrui being so organised!

I think it’s also very important to have support from people close to you – my husband was very supportive and proud of my decision and took great care of me throughout, attending the egg donation procedure with me and looking after the house and our daughter when I was not feeling well. Again, Altrui were there every step of the way and I could feel genuine care and support from their side. For me it would not be possible to donate without them, without this constant feeling of reassurance and firm, gentle support from people who know what they are talking about and people who care about you and your wellbeing. Altrui, thank you for being there for me and all the other egg donors!

Kira - Egg donor

I have loved being an egg donor and I am happy that I have been a part of such a special process. I have my fingers permanently crossed for the couple, and I will always have them and their child in my heart and thoughts, I wish them all the happiness.

Robynne - Egg Donor

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