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.

Embarking on fertility treatment can be an incredibly nerve-wracking experience. Miss Amanda Tozer is an experienced female gynaecologist who has helped many couples achieve the family they so desire, guiding them through the process at her London fertility clinic with compassion and reassurance. She encourages couples to ask as many questions as they need in their consultations, and is always available by phone. In order to get the most out of your IVF consultation, it can be a good idea to think about what questions you would like answered in advance. Here are five that are frequently asked:

1. What does ovulation stimulation treatment involve?

Miss Tozer takes time to talk couples through the drug regime, ensuring they are comfortable with self-administering the injections, and explaining the side effects and why they are the most appropriate treatment.

2. Can our lifestyle help?

Is there anything you can both do in the lead up to treatment to improve the quality of both the eggs and sperm?

3. What level of monitoring will there be during the stimulation period?

You could ask about the frequency of clinic visits, and how flexible this is. At our London fertility clinic, we can be flexible about the time of day you have your screening appointments, fitting them around your schedule where possible.

4. Is egg collection painful?

How, where and using what form of sedation will this happen? Miss Tozer carries out the egg collection personally at the CRM London clinic in a procedure that takes just 25 minutes and is performed using intravenous sedation – you will be asleep throughout.

5. What are the potential side effects of IVF?

A consultation at Miss Amanda Tozer’s London clinic is an informative, reassuring and unhurried experience. It is important that any couple considering IVF understands all that it involves, both negative and positive, before being asked to make any decisions.