Receiving Donor Eggs and Embryos


Midland Fertility is able to source donor eggs and embryos for treatment for women who for various reasons are unable to (or prefer not to) use their own eggs to conceive with IVF or ICSI treatment.

The service is coordinated by the egg and embryo donation coordinator, Donna Rea-Gardner.  The waiting list for egg donation recipients is actively managed, following the introduction of the administration fee and marketing campaign to increase the number of available donor eggs following the changes to the law on donor anonymity in 2005.  The majority of available donor eggs come from altruistic egg donors, who receive a thank you of £750 for each successful egg donation cycle.

Who may benefit from receiving donor eggs?

Women who require IVF or ICSI treatment and who require donor eggs to conceive, for reasons including:

  • age – as a woman ages she has fewer eggs and as they age too, they may develop chromosomal abnormalities reducing the chance of conceiving and increasing the chance of miscarriage if she does conceive. Over the age of 40, 66% of women have trouble conceiving and 40% of pregnancies that do occur, end in miscarriage
  • premature menopause
  • infertility as a result of cancer treatment
  • ovarian failure
  • risk of passing on hereditary diseases, eg cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or fragile ‘X’ syndrome

Who may benefit from receiving donor embryos?

Potential recipients of donor embryos include:

  • couples who require both donor eggs and donor sperm to conceive
  • single women who require donor eggs and donor sperm to conceive

Who are the egg and embryo donors?

The donors must meet rigorous screening criteria, including:

  • being under 36 years old when the eggs were collected
  • within a normal weight range – ie have a BMI of 22 to 25
  • have no personal or family history of inherited illness or abnormalities
  • non-smokers
  • free of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • their eggs must be of sufficient quality to give them and the recipient the best chance of conceiving

What does treatment involve?

Potential donor egg recipients liaise with the Midland Fertility egg and embryo donation co-ordinator and, if they are self-funding their treatment, will join the recipient waiting list after payment of the appropriate administration fee.

Following a first appointment and investigations, screening, matching, treatment planning, and possible counselling, a donor egg recipient will begin IVF treatment or ICSI treatment as recommended by the clinical and scientific teams at Midland Fertility.


In addition to the CMV status for embryo donors and recipients, Midland Fertility matches, as closely as possible, the following characteristics of the donor and recipient:

  • ethnicity
  • skin tone
  • eye colour
  • hair colour
  • height
  • build

Midland Fertility takes into account any preferences or restrictions a donor makes when matching a donor with a recipient.

Synchronising the egg recipient and donor

Once matched, the donor and recipient will be treated by different members of the clinical team.  Both women begin their down regulation drugs around the same time.  After two to three weeks the donor begins her fertility drugs to stimulate the development of egg follicles and the recipient begins HRT to help grow a suitable endometrium.  The recipient then begins progesterone pessaries to prepare her uterus to receive the embryos.  Following egg collection, fertilisation and embryo transfer, the recipient will know if she is pregnant within 14 days.  A first scan will follow two weeks after any positive pregnancy test.

Identity of donors and recipients

Both the recipient and donor(s) remain anonymous to each other, although the recipient may receive some non-identifying information about the donor(s), such as a description of their physical characteristics and personal interests.

What is included in the donor egg recipient treatment cost?

What is not included in the donor egg recipient treatment cost?

How long does treatment take?

Screening a donor and matching a recipient usually takes eight to 12 weeks from initial consultation, although in exceptional circumstances may take longer.  Following this, egg donation for the recipient takes an average of eight to 10 weeks from the beginning of the treatment cycle to pregnancy test.

What is included in the donor embryo recipient treatment cost?

What is not included in the donor embryo recipient treatment cost?

How long does donor embryo recipient treatment take?

Once embryos have been allocated, treatment usually takes up eight weeks, although in exceptional circumstances may take longer.


Egg recipient registration fee at Midland Fertility (fresh cycles only): £550.00

Cost of egg donor screening fee at Midland Fertility (paid by recipient): £1,295.00

Cost of receiving donor eggs with IVF at Midland Fertility: £5,945.00

Cost of receiving donor eggs with ICSI at Midland Fertility: £6,545.00

Cost of receiving donated frozen eggs with ICSI at Midland Fertility: £3,550.00

Cost of receiving donated embryos at Midland Fertility: £3,850.00

Go to the Midland Fertility Cost Estimator©

More information

For information on receiving donor eggs abroad:

Go to the Patient Treatment Information page and download the following infosheets:

  • Receiving Donor Eggs
  • IVF: In Vitro Fertilisation
  • ICSI: Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • IVI Donor Egg Recipient Monitoring
  • Pregnancy Scan Service

In addition:

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