Using an Egg Donor
Queensland Fertility Group has extensive experience in helping women who cannot conceive with their own eggs to have a healthy baby using donor eggs.
- Can egg donation help me?
Using donated eggs may be a suitable option if:
- you are going through premature menopause
- you are at a high risk of passing on genetic disease
- your ovaries have been affected by chemotherapy or serious illness
- you have had multiple failed IVF treatment cycles
The success rate of IVF/ICSI using donor egg treatment is directly related to the age of the donor, and the number and quality of the donated eggs.
- How do I find an egg donor?
In most cases, women have eggs donated to them by someone they know – a family member or friend who is willing to donate in order to help them have a baby. If you don’t have a known donor you can add your name to Queensland Fertility Group’s anonymous altruistic egg donor waiting list, however, there is a long waiting time to receive anonymously donated eggs.
- What's involved in using an egg donor?
After an initial consultation with your Fertility Specialist, you (and your donor, if using a known egg donor) will be required to meet with one of our counsellors, who will discuss with you the social and psychological implications of using donor eggs. The egg donor will also need to undergo a medical screening process. If using an anonymous egg donor, the donor will already have undergone rigorous medical screening.
Your Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist will then work with you and your egg donor to develop a treatment program that suits you. Your donor will undergo hormonal stimulation to encourage egg development and collection of her eggs, while we prepare the lining of your uterus to accept a fertilised embryo.
Once your donor’s eggs are collected, they are fertilised in the laboratory using sperm from either your partner or a donor, and the embryo most likely to develop into a successful pregnancy is then transferred back to your body. Any other viable embryos are frozen for potential future transfer, and a pregnancy test is carried out two weeks after the embryo transfer.
- How much does it cost to use donor eggs in Queensland?
A coordination fee of $1,995 applies when using donor eggs to cover counselling, administration, nursing and donor team appointments.
If using a known donor, the recipient covers the cost of the donor’s IVF or IVF/ICSI cycle, as well as her own embryo transfer cycle.
To find out more about using donor eggs, or to book an appointment with a Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist, call 1800 111 483 to speak with an experienced Fertility Advisor or complete the form below.