Become an egg donor
Donate the moments of motherhood.
By donating your eggs, you’re donating the love and pure joy of helping someone else grow their family. If you’re considering becoming an egg donor, we’d love to hear from you.
Find out more about egg donation and what the process involves here.
The Egg Donation Process Explained
- Who needs egg donors?
There are many people who are in need of the incredibly generous gift of egg donation, including:
- 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 their family
- Who can be an egg donor?
Our clinic recruited egg donors are required to be aged between 23 and 35, and have completed their own family.
Prior to proceeding with donation, all potential egg donors (and their partners, if applicable) will undertake a minimum of two counselling sessions and screening blood tests, and will complete a Genetic and Medical Health Questionnaire.
Where there is a family history of genetic or medical conditions, a clinical geneticist provides an assessment of potential risks to future offspring.
- Can I be paid to donate my eggs to the clinic?
In Australia, donating eggs is an altruistic act and it is illegal to pay a donor to donate.
However, you can be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred during the process of donating. Melbourne IVF will reimburse reasonable expenses incurred with a proof of receipt.
The donor will only be reimbursed if accepted into the program and once consents have been signed and the eggs have been cleared for use.
- The egg donation process
1. Speak to our donor team
They’ll explain the entire process and answer any questions.
2. Consult with a fertility specialist
They’ll get to know you, and your medical history. This can include screening blood tests and a medical health questionnaire.
After an initial consultation with your fertility specialist, counselling is scheduled for both you as the donor and the intending recipient (and your respective partners, if applicable). Counselling is mandatory, and is an opportunity to discuss donor treatment and its implications.
4. Egg collection
Being an egg donor involves the first two steps of an IVF cycle to have the eggs collected.
For donor egg cycles, if the intention is to transfer fresh embryos, the donor’s stimulated cycle is coordinated with the intending recipient’s cycle.
Before an egg collection procedure, you will be given medication to grow the number of eggs normally produced. This is monitored (as for an IVF-stimulated cycle) by the fertility specialist and will usually involve two to three vaginal ultrasound scans. The donor egg collection procedure is then performed under a light general anaesthetic and takes around 20 minutes. It is usually performed in our East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital, Waverley Private Hospital Day Procedure Centre, or as a clinic patient through Reproductive Services at the Women's Hospital.
5. The recipients
At the time of egg collection, the sperm is collected and the eggs are fertilised in the laboratory. Three to five days after the egg collection, one of the resulting embryos is transferred into the recipient and any other viable embryos are frozen, or all are frozen, for potential future transfer. After two weeks, a pregnancy test is carried out by the recipient.
Once a child conceived using donated gametes turns 18, they will be able to access certain information about the egg donor.
- Why I became an egg donor
Hear from an egg donor on her motivations and experience in donating through Melbourne IVF.