If you have undergone premature ovarian failure, egg donation may be an option. In many cases, women present at Miss Amanda Tozer’s London fertility clinic with the principal objective of receiving donated eggs as they know their ovaries have ceased to produce eggs, be it a result of premature menopause or cancer treatment, or that their ovaries have been surgically removed. In some cases, however, unsuccessful IVF treatment has revealed that the patient’s ovaries are producing too few eggs of sufficient quality to result in a healthy embryo and Miss Tozer may suggest egg donation be considered.

Where do the donated eggs come from?

The demand for donated eggs outstrips supply so there are very few ‘anonymous’ donors within the UK. You either need to find your own egg donor – a sister or friend – or look abroad. If you do not have your own donor, Miss Amanda Tozer will liaise with a very reputable clinic in Athens that has good success rates. Each woman having egg donation receives eggs from a single donor whose eggs are not shared between other patients. All donors, be they a relative from the UK or from a clinic abroad, are subject to the same screening requirements and must provide the same information to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA).

What happens next in egg donation treatment?

You will be required to have various tests and investigations before proceeding, including screening tests, pelvic scan and saline scan. Semen analysis will decide whether ICSI or IVF will be the more appropriate. At large clinics, where it is not uncommon to see several different doctors, the process can feel impersonal and confusing which often adds to the stress of the situation; at female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer’s London clinic, you will receive personal, one-to-one care, to guide you through your treatment.