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Egg Donation

For Egg Donors

What is an egg donor?

An egg donor is a person who donates their eggs, or oocytes, for another person or couple to use for the purposes of reproduction.

An egg donor can be known or unknown to their recipient, but it is important to note that since the implementation of legislation in 2004, anonymous egg donation is no longer possible.

Known egg donor

A known donor is a person who chooses to donate their eggs to a person they know.  This may be a family member or a friend

Unknown egg donor

Unknown egg donors are those who altruistically donate their eggs to a fertility clinic for use in donor conception for recipients allocated by the fertility clinic.

Who is eligible to donate their eggs?

An egg donor can be anyone with eggs who is:

  • At least 18 years and six months of age
  • AND less than 37 years of age

All egg donors are required to undertake:

  • initial donor counselling session with an accredited Fertility Counsellor
  • a 3 month ‘cooling off’ period (which may or may not coincide with a quarantine period)
  • comprehensive medical and genetic screening
  • a second counselling session anytime following the completion of the cooling off period.

For Egg Recipients

Why use donor eggs?

Donor eggs are used by people who are:

  • Experiencing premature menopause.
  • At risk of passing on a genetic disease.
  • Impacted by ovarian disease or illness.
  • Unsuccessful after undertaking fertility treatment using their own eggs.

Who is eligible to receive donated eggs?

An egg recipient can be anyone who requires donated eggs to conceive who is:

  • At least 18 years and six months of age, AND
  • Less than 52 years of age.

All egg recipients, and their partner where applicable, are required to undertake:

  • Initial donor counselling session with an accredited Fertility Counsellor.
  • A 3 month ‘cooling off’ period (which may or may not coincide with a quarantine period).
  • Screening tests and medical questionnaires.
  • A second counselling session anytime following the completion of the cooling off period.

Why Fertility North for egg donation?

Fertility North provides a certified donor programme which strictly abides by current state and federal legislation.  Our Donor Programme incorporates the care and treatment for donors and recipients, and their partners (if applicable). 

We are proud to employ an experienced Donor Coordinator who provides ongoing information and support, as well as the planning and organisation of donor appointments, counselling, screening tests and treatments. 

Egg donors are in high demand, and Fertility North is always on the lookout for new donors.  Donating your eggs is an incredible gift and can offer hope to one or more families in achieving their dream of becoming a parent.  At Fertility North, we do everything in our power to make this process as easy as possible.

If you have ever considered donating your eggs, or to find out more about using donor eggs at Fertility North, please contact our Donor Coordinator.