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Become an egg donor

Donate your eggs and help someone else have the family they dream of!

Donating your eggs

Every year in the UK, thousands of women and couples discover that they will not be able to conceive with their own eggs, and need the help of an egg donor to have a child.

This can be due to cancer treatment, poor egg quality or other medical conditions, as well as gay couples that need the help of a surrogate to have a child.

Donating your eggs to help another person achieve their dream of having a family is the most priceless gift you can give.

Register your interest

In order to start your application, we need to take some key information from. you to assess whether you're eligible. We'll need to know your height, weight, and whether you're a UK resident. We don't share this information anywhere, it is solely used to assess your eligibility as an egg donor.

All you need to know about egg donation

If you choose to donate eggs, we truly appreciate the enormous gift you are giving to someone else. And our egg donation specialists are here to support you every step of the way.

Who can donate eggs?


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You must be aged between 18 and 35 years old
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Healthy with no family history of serious or inherited diseases
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BMI between 18 and 35
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Non-smoker
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Not taking recreational drugs or excessive alcohol
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Not trying to become pregnant

How can I become an egg donor?

We have many years experience recruiting, matching and looking after our wonderful altruistic egg donors. Our process is extremely supported and safe, our egg donation specialists are here to ensure you are fully informed at every stage. The following steps outline the egg donor application process with Apricity.



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Register your interest
You’ll need to fill in the form on our site, or answer some initial questions so that we can check whether you are eligible to donate your eggs. We encourage you to do your own research, speak with your family, friends and support network, or consider joining an egg donation community to hear from other egg donors, before making your decision.
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Complete the donor registration form
The next step is to complete our donor registration form and have a call with one of our egg donation specialists. They will run through your application, talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. We’ll cover your family medical history, personal information and also any conditions or illnesses that your family or relatives may have.
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Initial tests
If you are eligible to become an egg donor by meeting the key criteria to move forward, we’ll send you a simple blood test kit that you can do at home. This tests your AMH, a hormone that indicates your ovarian reserve - whether you have enough eggs for donation.
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Complete your profile
You’ll be invited to complete your Donor Personal Profile, a really comprehensive form where you can share information such as your hobbies, what you enjoy doing, your skills and background, why you want to donate, and some photos to help us match you to a recipient. This information is non-identifying and you will remain anonymous throughout, but it will help your future recipient understand what you’re like as a person.
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The second call
Once you’ve completed your AMH test and returned it to us, and completed your profile form, we’ll book you in for a second call to go through the processin greater detail and answer any more questions you have.
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The matching process
We’ll start the matching process where we look for the most suitable recipient and then pair you with a recipient or couple to receive your eggs..
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Screening
As part of your donor application you’ll receive a full fertility assessment, this gives you detailed information about your own fertility and insights into your health. This can be useful if you want to have children of your own in the future. We’ll arrange for you to be screened at a clinic or scanning centre as close to home as possible for medical screening and scans.
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Counselling and support
We’ll arrange implications counselling for you with one of our counsellors, and you’ll be supported throughout by our Egg Donation Advisor and Care Team, on hand to answer any questions any time of day. If your screening results are positive, we’ll move you into the Treatment Phase, where you will take small injections over two weeks with monitoring scans every 2 to 3 days in week 2.
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Egg collection
Finally you’ll go into the clinic for your egg collection, a minor procedure that takes around 20 minutes. Your recipient may well be undergoing her IVF cycle on the same day, and your eggs will be taken immediately to create embryos that can be used in an IVF cycle and also stored for the future.

FAQs about egg donation


How do you donate eggs in the UK?

If you’re wondering how you can become an egg donor and start donating eggs in the UK, you’re one of hundreds of women who contact us each week, wanting to make a difference in someone else’s life.

In the UK, donating eggs is regulated by the HFEA, the fertility regulator. The HFEA provides guidance to UK fertility clinics about donor screening and sets the compensation available to donors. Find out more

In the UK the easiest way to find out how to donate your eggs is to contact an egg donation agency or clinic and enquire whether you are eligible.


Will I be paid?

It is illegal to pay someone for their eggs and so choosing to donate your eggs is a selfless act that can be life-changing for someone else.

You will be compensated up to £750 per egg donation cycle for out of pocket expenses such as train fares, childcare or accommodation. At Apricity we only accept donors who live in the UK.


Is egg donation painful?

Donating your eggs shouldn’t hurt and is a relatively painless procedure. Before your egg collection you may be recommended to take a painkiller to try and minimise any discomfort you feel after. During the actual egg collection 20 minute procedure you will be sedated by an anaesthetist throughout.


Some women report period cramps for a few hours following egg collection, with a few reporting some pain the following day. However most of our egg donors return to their everyday routine straight away, whether going back to work or socialising - however a majority choose to rest in bed with a hot water bottle!

Our partner clinics have many years experience in egg donation and egg collection procedures, and throughout you will be supported by your dedicated advisor and care team. We are on hand to answer any questions and alleviate any worries or concerns you have.


Is egg donation anonymous?

In the UK, women who donate through clinics and egg banks do so anonymously. Your recipient will not receive any identifying information about you. However, any children born from your donation will have the right to ask the HFEA for information about their donor or any donor-conceived siblings when they turn 16 and contact information when they turn 18.

The HFEA doesn’t hold any information for people who donated before 1st August 1992, though the Donor Conceived Register may still hold this information.


Why do I have to be under 36 years old?

The HFEA states that women who donate eggs must do so before their 36th birthday. This is because a woman’s egg quality starts to decline, bringing increased risk of genetic abnormalities or miscarriage.

Why does BMI affect donating eggs?

A healthy BMI is important so that you can respond to the stimulation medication without increased risk. If your BMI is very low, below 18, then you would be advised to gain some weight before starting donation.

Does it matter if I smoke or have smoked?

Smoking impacts the quality of eggs as toxins in cigarettes thicken the egg walls which can impact the chance of successful fertilisation. Heavy alcohol and recreational drug use can impact egg fertilisation and also impact your own health through weakening your immune system.

Will children born from my donation have any legal rights?

As an egg donor you will have no legal rights or responsibilities for any children born from your donation. You won’t have to pay anything towards their care or be involved in raising them. When they turn 18 they will have the right to contact you, whether you would like to be in contact or have a relationship will be up to you.


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