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Become an egg donor: Donate your eggs

Donate your eggs and help someone else have the family they dream of with Apricity, the UK’s leaders in egg donation.

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. It’s safe, supported and straightforward.

Get in touch, we're here to help

If you're interested in donating your eggs, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch with one of our egg donation specialists.

All you need to know about donating eggs

The egg donation process is safe, simple and rewarding. After health checks and finding a match, donors are required to complete two weeks of ovary stimulation before a quick 20 minute procedure where eggs are collected.


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.


The benefits of donating your eggs


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£750 compensation

This compensation is set by the HFEA to ensure donors are not out of pocket and can be used towards expenses like transport or childcare.

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Free Fertility Assessment

You will undergo medical screening to become a donor and receive a full fertility assessment for free. This gives you a detailed picture of your fertility status, and valuable insight into your health if you want to plan a family of your own.

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From the comfort of your home

Through the Apricity virtual pathways, you will do your tests at home and only need to travel to a clinic a handful of times, avoiding any unnecessary travel.

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Straightforward and supported

You will be supported throughout the process by our exceptional care team through the Apricity app 7 days a week, as well as free implications counselling with one of our accredited counsellors.

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Make a real difference

Egg donation in the UK is altruistic - when you donate eggs you'll truly change another woman's life. That feeling is priceless and cannot be bought!

Who can donate eggs?

To be eligible to donate eggs you must:


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Be aged between 18 and 35 years old
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Be healthy with no family history of serious or inherited diseases
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Have a BMI between 18 and 35
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Be a non-smoker
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Not take recreational drugs or excessive alcohol
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Not be trying to become pregnant

How to donate your eggs?

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 process in 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 donating eggs


How do become an egg donor 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

and enquire whether you are eligible.


Do you get paid to donate eggs?

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.

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Is egg donation painful?

Donating your eggs shouldn’t hurt and is a relatively painless procedure.


Some women report period cramps for a few hours following egg collection, with a few reporting some pain the following day. 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! Find out more in our guide,

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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.

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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.

Why do I need to be healthy?

The egg donor must pass associated health checks prior to donation to ensure both the baby and mother do not inherit any serious or genetic illnesses from the donated eggs including Type 1 Diabetes. The egg donation process is generally very safe but nevertheless poses very

, making the predisposition of a serious illness an increased risk factor for women looking to donate their eggs.

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.

Why should I avoid recreational drugs or excessive alcohol?

There are lower rates of fertilisation in eggs that have been impacted by heavy alcohol consumption and recreational drug use. It poses more of a health risk to the egg donor as well, given their weakened immune system and the need to fit our requirement for egg donors in good health.

Will donating eggs affect my fertility?

No. Egg donation with Apricity is extremely safe and will not prevent you from having children in the future. If a clinic identifies any risk for you at any point, you will not be able to continue. Your health and safety comes first.


Each ovary contains about half a million eggs. During the egg donation process you will only donate about the same number of eggs as you would naturally lose during that month’s cycle, so about 10-15 eggs. This will leave you with hundreds of thousands of eggs for the future. When you have the initial screening appointment in the clinic, if your doctor considers you to be at risk in any way or your fertility could be affected, then you would not be allowed to continue with egg donation.


You must feel free to change your mind before committing to the

, if you are at all concerned. Both you and your family should feel completely comfortable with the decision you are making

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.


Can I change my mind during egg donation?

Becoming an egg donor is a journey that calls for a high level of commitment on your part, and a clear understanding of everything that will be involved. At

, we will explain the egg donation process and exactly what you can expect along the way. We will give you all the time and information that you want and encourage you to discuss being an egg donor with partners, family and friends, before deciding whether or not this is the right choice for you to make.



It is important that you are sure as you can be, of your decision to go ahead with egg donation. The person we will match you with is likely to have had many years of disappointment and heartache trying to conceive a baby and experiencing a growing sense of loss and despair with every month that goes by.


Finding someone like you, who is willing to become a donor for them, can seem like the end of a nightmare – a real light at the end of their tunnel that gives them hope and the first chance of happiness for years.


We completely understand that sometimes ‘life’ and unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of plans, and that little can be done to change this. If this happens, and you feel that you can’t go ahead with donating eggs then of course you have the right to withdraw at any time. However, we do need to know so that we can help you and manage the situation to look after the person who you were due to help. Sometimes putting things on hold for a little time can help ease the pressure you might feel, without causing undue stress and anxiety for anyone else.


We will never put you under any pressure to continue, but you do need to understand that once you start the egg donation process and have been referred to a clinic, there will be significant costs for whoever you’re helping, both financial and emotional. All we can ask of you as an egg donor is that you recognise the serious thought and commitment that is needed, and the emotional impact that withdrawing later on in the process will have on others.


So, if you do decide that perhaps donating eggs is not right for you, then we would much rather you told us before we begin the process of matching you with a couple, and certainly before any appointment at a clinic.

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