Are egg donors paid?

You will get £750 compensation to cover your costs

Egg donation in the UK is currently done on a purely voluntary and altruistic basis and it is illegal to pay for an egg donation. However, in order that you should not be out of pocket, a set level of financial compensation is permitted to cover all travel costs, loss of earnings and out-of-pocket expenses that you may incur through donating your eggs.

In early 2012 the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) reviewed egg donation and raised the compensation rate for egg donors to £750. This came into effect on 1st April 2012 and their guidelines now state:

“Whilst payment for donors is prohibited, you may be able to receive a fixed amount of money to reasonably cover any financial losses you incur in connection with the donation.

Fertility centres can compensate egg donors a fixed sum of up to £750 per cycle of donation …, with the provision to claim an excess to cover higher expenses. Centres are however not required to compensate donors the full amount.”

Being an altruistic egg donor

Many women choose to become an altruistic egg donor because they have a real and genuine desire to make a positive impact on another couple’s life. It is impossible to put a financial value on egg donation – it is a precious, life-changing gift that means so much more than money.

There are no words to describe the true sense of achievement and happiness that I felt after my donation. To be able to give a couple the most amazing gift of a child and play a part in such a special process was worth every minute of my time”.

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