Donor eggs offer the possibility of childbearing to women who have gone through premature or early menopause and do not have eggs of their own.
Using IVF techniques, eggs are obtained from the donor woman, and are fertilised by sperm from the patient’s partner or by their chosen donor sperm. The resulting embryos belong to the patient are placed into their uterus in a natural monitored cycle or with the use of timed oral and vaginal hormones.
There are a two main ways of obtaining donated eggs in Australia:
the recipient may know the egg donor. She may be a close relative or a friend or an online altruistic donor who is willing to undergo an egg collection cycle to donate their eggs
Shire IVF has developed a comprehensive donor egg program and have developed relationships with a large number of donor egg banks, offering a broad range of options for potential recipients.
There are comprehensive medical assessments, counselling of all parties, stringent quarantines procedures and detailed screening which take place prior to the commencement of the IVF process.
All donors are subject to an extensive screening process including psychological counselling and guidance. In addition to providing detailed family medical and personal history information, donors a physical examination, extensive blood and urine testing, and genetic screening.
At Shire IVF, there is no waiting time for the use of donor eggs. You can choose your donor to meet the characteristics you want. Through our unique supply agreements, Shire IVF is able to source donor eggs in less than a month for our patients. Over the past decade, mainly due to Australian legislative changes, donor eggs have become difficult to access, with many patients needing to find their own donors. With our comprehensive donor egg service Shire IVF aims to make this process easier.