Egg sharing

Sharing your eggs with a participant in our egg sharing programme

Egg sharing price list

Information leaflet for egg sharers

Egg sharing booklet

Sharing your eggs

Egg sharing is a positive and generous act giving another woman the chance of having a baby.

If you need IVF/ICSI treatment and you are concerned about the costs then egg-sharing might be an option for you.

Egg sharing involves giving half of your total eggs collected during your IVF cycle to an anonymous recipient who is unable to produce good quality eggs of her own. This gives both you and the egg recipient the chance of having a baby, and in recognition of your donation, you benefit from greatly reduced fertility treatment fees.

During IVF your ovaries are stimulated with often 10 to12 eggs being produced. UK law allows only one or two fertilised eggs (embryos) to be transferred to the womb. The remaining embryos can be frozen although in most cases these aren't all used, even for subsequent treatments. Egg sharing allows these surplus eggs to be shared with a woman who needs them. Research shows that sharing eggs does not reduce the egg sharer’s chances of a successful pregnancy.

Women who choose to become egg sharers often do so because they want to help other women whilst they receive treatment to hopefully have a child themselves.

How egg sharing works

Egg Sharing Explained

Who can egg share?

Our egg sharing programme is open to all women including heterosexual and lesbian couples and single women.

To be eligible for our egg sharing programme a woman must:

• Be between the ages of 18 and 35 years
• Be a non-smoker for at least three months
• Be fit and healthy with a BMI between 20 and 30
• Have measurements of ovarian reserve (an indication of egg supply) within the normal range
• Have no previous history of low ovarian response to ovarian stimulation for IVF
• Have both ovaries in place
• Have no personal history of transmissible diseases
• Have no personal or family history of inheritable diseases
• Have no polycystic ovarian disease
• Have no fallopian tube disease
• Have no history of endometriosis

Who needs your eggs?

Donated eggs may be offered to egg recipient women suffering premature menopause, those whose egg quality is poor or do not have eggs, who are infertile following cancer treatment or have a genetic condition they do not want to pass on to their offspring.


Egg sharers are anonymous to their recipients but you should be aware that a donor conceived child can find out information about the donor including their full name (including previous names), date and place of birth and last known postal address.

As an egg donor you can find out how many children, their sex and age of any children born as a result of your donation.


The egg recipient is responsible for any child born following donation. The egg donor does not have any legal rights to the child.


All egg sharers and egg recipients must see our Counsellor before they start treatment to explore the issues of donating and receiving eggs and to offer support during this emotional and stressful time.

Next steps

Please call us on 023 8120 8359 or email Our Donor Co-ordinator will then be in touch to discuss the programme in more detail.

Further information

Complete Fertility has published the following information to download:

Information for Egg Sharers

Egg sharing price list (price list opens in new window).

Egg sharing booklet