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 an egg donor. However, in order that you should not be out of pocket during the egg donation process, a set level of financial compensation is legally allowed to cover all your travel costs, loss of earnings and any out-of-pocket expenses that you incur.
In early 2012 the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) reviewed egg donation and raised the compensation rate for egg donors to £750. As they explain:
“It’s illegal to pay for egg donation in the UK. Egg donors can receive compensation of up to £750 per donation ‘cycle’ to cover their costs (a donation cycle is one complete round of treatment, at the end of which the eggs are collected and donated). However, you can claim more if your expenses for things like travel, accommodation and childcare are higher than this. If you’re an egg donor who is not a permanent resident of the UK, you may be compensated in the same way as a UK donor but you will not be able to claim for overseas travel expenses.”
What it means to be an altruistic egg donor
Altruism is unselfish concern for other people’s happiness and welfare (Altrui means ‘of others’ in Latin or Italian). Many women choose to become an altruistic egg donor because they have a real and genuine desire to make a positive impact on another person’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 to those people who need your help.
“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. I truly wish the best for my recipient couple and hope that their pregnancy is a smooth and successful one, bringing a child that answers all of their prayers.” – Leanne, Egg Donor