Who can be an egg donor?

All our altruistic egg donors have something in common: a positive attitude, a big heart and a kind and generous soul.

However, following the regulations of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), all women considering becoming an egg donor must also meet the following criteria:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 35, fit and healthy.
  • have no history in the family of inherited diseases or genetic disorders.
  • be within normal limits of weight for their height, with a BMI of under 30.
  • not be trying to become pregnant whilst undergoing the process

Why egg donors need to be under 35

Some women will assume that they can become an egg donor after the age of 35 if they still have periods. Unfortunately after this age the eggs in the ovary start to undergo subtle genetic changes – fewer eggs or an increased risk of miscarriage and abnormalities with the growing baby. This in turn causes problems for the recipient at a later stage. It is for this reason that the age for egg donors has been limited to 35.

Why you need to have a BMI below 30 in order to donate eggs

Having a healthy BMI is important. A donor who has a BMI above 30 (someone who is over their expected weight for height) would not respond to the stimulation as needed; they would also be putting themselves at a greater risk. Likewise, someone with a very low BMI would be advised to gain weight before going through the process of donating eggs.

Why you should not be trying to get pregnant during egg donation

As egg donation is all about helping another couple start a family, if you are trying to get pregnant yourself, there will inevitably be a conflict of interests. In addition, egg donation treatment is designed to encourage a number of eggs to develop at the same time, so should you become pregnant at this moment you would be at serious risk of a multiple pregnancy.

Donating eggs is highly unlikely to affect your fertility, so there is no reason why you would not be able to have children yourself after being an egg donor. If however, for any reason it is thought that your fertility could be affected, you would not be allowed to continue, nor should you do so.

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