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Donor egg IVF in the U.K.

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mimosa80 · 25/04/2021 12:04

Hello,
Does anyone have any experience of donor egg ivf in the U.K.? I have one more FET cycle soon from a cycle I did when I was 34, own eggs (I’m 40 now and this will be my 6th round), none of these rounds have been successful so I’m not holding out much hope.
I’m trying to move forward and coming to terms with the fact that I’ll likely not have a child, but I am also thinking about the possibility of donor egg ivf in the U.K. I’d prefer U.K. rather than abroad, from my understanding if a child is born by donor ivf here they have the right to contact their donor at the age of 18 if they want to. I’m aware the waiting list can be long. If you’ve had donor ivf in the U.K. could you share how long you had to wait and anything else that might be helpful, the clinic you used and the matching process?
Thank you for your help.

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Persipan · 02/05/2021 15:33

I have a 1yo conceived via donor egg IVF. I used the London Women's Clinic (but not the London branch). For the successful cycle, I actually used frozen eggs from their egg bank, and there was basically no wait. Via that route I was also able to choose my child's donor. I have previously had egg-share cycles; there was a fairly long wait with those and I was more or less allocated the next suitable donor.

Eggcellent29 · 03/05/2021 14:18

I have a son through DC :)

Like you, I wanted to ensure that my child has the choice to attempt to contact our donor when he turns 18, rather than taking that decision into my own hands.

I also wanted to help someone else, as I was being helped.

Which was why we decided to egg share! By doing it this way, two families have been completed, not just ours.

Our wait time from going in to actually having transfer was 7 months, but we were delayed by about 6 weeks by my body being ridiculous (decided to ovulate, oh the irony)

Anyway, if you have any questions I’m happy to help where I can!

mimosa80 · 03/05/2021 15:01

Thank you both for your replies, it’s kind of you both to share your own experiences. I’ve not heard of egg share before, I will look into this.
The wait time seems a lot less that I expected (I was thinking a year at least)
I need to do a lot of research still! Is there an age limit? I’m 40.

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NotMyDayJob · 03/05/2021 16:38

It depends which clinic you use, some of the clinic's have egg banks with long waits, some not

NotMyDayJob · 03/05/2021 16:41

Sorry hit send too soon! With London women's clinic there is no wait, but you can only use the London egg bank, if you don't like any of the eggs or miss out on some (it's a sort of first come first served system) you could be waiting a while for other donors to come through, other clinics use egg banks with longer waiting times, other clinics let you source your own eggs from sort of third party egg banks and so on

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