Screening

Before you can become a donor, it's important to assess whether the process is safe for you, the woman who will carry the pregnancy and any baby born as a result of treatment.

Becoming an egg donor was an easy choice for me. I had been blessed with three wonderful children and I wanted to help others less fortunate experience something many of us take for granted… I found the process to not only be easy and straightforward, but also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
Wessex Fertility Altruistic Egg Donor

Screening involves:

  • You answering some basic questions on this website about your age, height, weight and medical history
  • You talking to the doctors, nurses and specialists at one of our clinics about your medical and family history in more detail
  • Some routine tests at the clinic, such as ultrasound and blood tests, to check your ‘ovarian reserve'. This helps us understand how your ovaries might respond during the egg donation process. In an ultrasound scan, a sterile scan probe is passed through the vagina to look at the small follicles in the ovaries.
  • Us taking some blood and urine samples to test for infectious diseases that could be passed to an egg recipient or a baby
  • Us taking blood samples specifically for common genetic diseases such as cystic fribrosis that may have a significant impact

It is important to let your clinic know if you have travelled outside of the EU in the 6 months before donating your eggs.

Depending upon your ethnicity and genetic background there may be other genetic tests which you'll need to be screened for.