Become an Egg Donor
Thank you for your interest in becoming an egg donor and sharing your most precious gift. There are many questions you will have when deciding whether to take the first step and contact one of our egg donor coordinators. There is no cost to you for being a donor, all treatment cost are covered by the clinic or the recipient.
Here we have endevoured to answer some of these questions and tried to make the inital steps towards becoming an egg donor all that much easier by including an online form to complete. If you wish to go straight to this form or would like to get in touch with our egg donor coordinators, please click here.
Common questions about egg donation:
Who needs egg donors?
Donor eggs can help women with early menopause, women who no longer have viable eggs of their own because of their age, and women who have not become pregnant after many IVF cycles.
Who are egg donors?
In New Zealand egg donors are not paid. They are often a family member or friend, but there are also women in the community who are motivated to give this gift to those they have never met.
Who makes a good egg donor?
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor you need to be aged between 21- 37 years, be a non-smoker and have no significant health issues.
How does egg donation work?
The woman who is donating her eggs starts an IVF cycle and then the eggs are collected, donated to the recipient couple and fertilised with the recipient partner's sperm. The recipient woman receives hormonal treatment so that her uterus is synchronised with the embryo's development, ready for the embryo to be replaced.
What is the legal position?
The Status of Children Amendment Act of 1987 recognises the social mother (the woman who receives the eggs and gives birth) as the legal mother of the child. The egg donor does not have any legal rights or liabilities.
What about confidentiality?
All our files are confidential and no information will be released without your consent. You will have the opportunity to review the recipient couple’s profile and possibly meet them if both parties agree.
Most couples plan to tell their child of his or her origins so we ask each donor to complete a questionnaire, which contains non-identifying information such as your interests and how you would describe yourself. This is passed on to the couple if they request it or to the child if he or she requests it.
What about the future?
All donors are asked to be identifiable to children born from the use of their eggs in the long term. This means that you would be willing to be contacted by the Clinic to disclose further information or to consider disclosing your identity. The request for contact may be from either the children born or their parents.
The practice of egg donation is governed by the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act 2004. An important principle of the Act is that offspring conceived through the use of donor sperm or donor eggs should be made aware by their parents of their genetic origins, and be able to secure information about the donor and his or her identity.
We feel it is very important if you have a husband or partner, that they know all about the issues involved with donating eggs. He is also asked to sign the consent form to say that he is aware that his partner is a donor and that he has sufficient information and advice. Our donor coordinators, doctors and counsellors are very happy to talk to both donors and their partners on any issue. The Clinic offers independent counsellors whose job is to help people make decisions and explore the implications of egg donation.
What information will I be told?
We are happy to tell you how many pregnancies you have had and the sex of the children born, but to preserve anonymity we cannot give you any details of when births occur.
For more detailed information both egg donors and recipients can check out the dedicated section in our online Pathway magazine here.
How do I apply to be an egg donor?
You can apply to be an egg donor by filling out our online form above.