Become an egg donor
Thousands of Australians need help becoming parents. Your donation can change lives.
There are many people out there who need help to start a family, and you could be carrying something special to make that happen. Egg donation gives people the chance to experience parenthood when they otherwise might not be able to.
Life. Pass it on.
You want to pass on something life changing.
Becoming an egg donor is one of the noblest things you can do. There are many reasons people decide to donate their eggs, including:
- Wanting to make a difference that will last a lifetime
- Knowing someone personally who has struggled with infertility
- Knowing the joys of having a child, and wanting others to experience that too
- Remembering the wonders of childhood, and wanting to pass it on
Who am I helping?
There are many people in Australia who need an egg donor to help them achieve their dreams of having a family. Those might include:
- Women who are going through premature menopause
- If there is a risk of passing on genetic disease
- If a woman’s ovaries have been affected by chemotherapy or serious illness
- If a woman has had IVF treatment but repeated cycles have indicated poor egg quality
- Same sex male couples in need of donor eggs to have a family
Who can donate?
If you’re healthy and between the ages of 23 and 36, and you’re willing to donate altruistically (without payment), we’d love to hear from you.
We know that this is a big decision to make. Take the time to read our step-by-step guide below to understand what’s involved with donating. And feel free to connect with us anytime to discuss the process – simply call 1800 111 483 or fill out the form below.
What’s the process for becoming an egg donor?
There are a few steps involved prior to donating, including counselling, medical screening, and an egg collection procedure. At MelbourneIVF, we have a dedicated and experienced donor team who provide guidance and support throughout the entire process.
You are important to us. And we want you to feel informed, empowered and supported throughout every stage. Here's how it works, step by step.
1. Getting started
Speak to our donor team, who will explain the entire process and answer any initial questions. You’ll then meet with one of our dedicated Fertility Specialists, who will ask about your medical history, including both your physical and mental health.
You will have two sessions with an experienced MelbourneIVF counsellor to discuss the legal, social, genetic and psychological aspects of being involved with the donor program. You’ll complete a profile about yourself, provide a family medical history, and sign consent forms for donation. Any further required medical checks will also be arranged.
If you have a current partner, they’ll need to attend these sessions to ensure you are both comfortable and clear about what the process involves.
3. Egg Collection
Being an egg donor involves going through the first two steps of an IVF cycle to have the eggs collected. This involves medication to boost the number of eggs produced naturally. Vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests will be used to monitor the growing number of eggs. Once there are enough eggs, your fertility specialist will organise an egg collection procedure, usually performed under light sedation or general anaesthetic at one of our day hospitals.
Once the eggs are collected, they will be vitrified, or frozen, for a family in need. There’s nothing else you need to do from here – other than accept our gratitude for your incredibly generous gift.
5. What happens once a child is born?
Once a baby is born from your donation, we are required to provide your identifying details to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority. The privacy of all donors is protected until the donor conceived child is 18, at which age they are able to access this information if they wish.