Am I suitable for donor conception?
There are many reasons why you may be considering donor eggs, sperm or embryos as a way to build your family.
- You aren’t producing eggs due to age-related infertility, ovarian failure or past medical treatment
- You are experiencing premature menopause
- Male factor infertility contributes to up to half of all cases of infertility and some men are unable to produce viable sperm
- You have been advised that using your own eggs or sperm is unlikely to result in a successful pregnancy
- You are at risk of passing on a genetic condition
- You are a same-sex couple
- You are single and wish to start your family
Which fertility treatments can I use donor eggs, sperm or embryos for?
We can use donor eggs, sperm or embryos instead of your own as part of In Vitro Fertilisation, Intrauterine insemination (IUI) or Surrogacy.
How do I find a donor?
An unknown donor is someone not known to an individual or couple who is willing to donate their eggs, sperm or embryos altruistically. At Aria we can provide you with help and support to find a suitable match with an unknown donor through our approved donation agencies and clinics. We will ensure that all the necessary checks and screening have been performed in accordance with the national regulations and guidelines. We can help advise you of the legal ramifications and implications of donor conception and provide you with the necessary counselling.
A known donor is typically a friend or family member that has offered to provide their eggs or sperm. Before they can donate it is essential for them to go through the same tests and screening as an unknown donor before they will be accepted to donate eggs, sperm or embryos in your own fertility treatment.
Donor Conception – Opening the Register
In 2005, the regulatory framework in the UK underwent a significant transformation. This change allowed individuals conceived through donor procedures to obtain identifying information about their donors once they reached the age of 18. Parents, and donor-conceived individuals aged 16, are able to access information regarding the gender and birth year of genetic half-siblings. For adults who were conceived through donor procedures, contact between parties can be facilitated if both parties consent to it. You can learn more about accessing this registry by visiting the following link: “Discovering Information About Your Donor | HFEA”
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ensures that individuals seeking fertility treatment have the option to receive counselling through their respective clinics. If you wish to get in touch with our counselling team, you are welcome to do so at any time, before, during, or after treatment, regardless of the amount of time that has passed since your treatment took place.