What happens if I start egg donation and then change my mind?

Egg donation can be a long and very emotional journey to take, one that calls for a high level of commitment on your part and a deep understanding of all that is involved. At Altrui we will explain everything about the process and exactly what you can expect. We will give you all the time and information that you want and encourage you to discuss this with partners, family and friends, before deciding whether or not this is the right choice for you to make.

It is important that you are sure of your decision to go ahead. The recipient couple to whom you will be matched may well have already endured many years of overwhelming disappointment and heartache, trying desperately to conceive a baby of their own, and experiencing a greater sense of loss and despair at every month that goes by.

Finding someone like you who is willing to become a donor for them can seem like the end of a nightmare – a real light at the end of the tunnel that gives them hope and the first chance of happiness for years.

We completely understand however that sometimes ‘life’ and unforeseen circumstance can get in the way of your plans and there is little that can be done to alter this. If this is the case and you cannot go ahead with the egg donation, then of course you have the right to withdraw at any time without fear of recrimination.

We will never put you under any pressure to continue and if you simply have a change of heart, that is absolutely fine. All we can ask of potential egg donors is that you recognise the serious thought and commitment that is needed, and the emotional impact that withdrawing later on in the process will have on others.

So if you do decide that perhaps this is not right for you, then we would much rather you told us before we begin the process of matching you with a couple.

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