Sperm and Egg Donors to Receive Improved ‘Payment’
The improved compensation is the result of a new policy on offering payments which better reflect donor expenses, from the fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Before the change in compensation, donors could claim only out of pocket expenses and a loss of earnings allowance capped at £250.
“The need for donor sperm and eggs is always much greater than the availability,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of MFS. “Currently at MFS the waiting list for donor sperm is three to six months, but women who require donor eggs wait for up to two years for a suitable match to become available. The majority of donor eggs come from donors who are known to the recipients, or from egg sharers – women who agree to give half their eggs in return for reduced cost IVF treatment.
“The increase in compensation payments will hopefully encourage more men to become regular sperm donors and more women to donate eggs to women who cannot conceive with their own.”
In 2003 MFS carried out 73 treatment cycles with donor eggs – but by 2011 this had decreased to 17, despite a greater demand for donor eggs. Similarly, in 2002 MFS carried out a total of 322 treatment cycles using donor sperm, which by 2011 had declined to just 138 – just about a quarter of nine years previously.
Since 1992, 219 babies have been born after their mothers received treatment using donor eggs at MFS, and since 1991 866 babies have been born using donor sperm. That’s more than 1,000 babies born to people who would not otherwise have had the chance to be parents.
People need the gift of donor eggs and sperm for many reasons. Some women experience early menopause or ovarian failure and men may become infertile through illness or accident or through genetic conditions.
Midlands’ mum Clare Roberts (34) became an egg donor after having her three children with no problems. In addition to being an egg donor, she is also on the national bone marrow register, carries an organ donor card and regularly gives blood.
She said: “When I was younger my greatest fear was not being able to be a mum and because I was so lucky having my family, I wanted someone else to be able to share that gift.
“Last time I donated eggs I claimed about £100 travel and parking expenses and while the £750 I will receive when I make my next donation is a decent sum of money, I don’t think it should be the main motivation for a woman to become an egg donor. But if it helps more women to make the decision to go ahead, it is a positive development.
“I would encourage any woman who would like another woman to experience the same joy, to contact MFS to get information on becoming an egg donor. The team were so thorough preparing me for egg donation that I felt totally confident that my decision was not just right for me, but would also be of huge benefit to two other women and their families. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”
Mr H of Warwickshire has been a regular sperm donor at MFS. He commented on the increase in payment to sperm donors: “It’s a big decision to donate, but for me was motivated by the pain of my sister going through fertility treatment and it also gave me the chance ‘to give something back’. Personally I’d encourage any man who is interested in being a donor to go ahead right away, not because of how much he can earn from it, but because it’s a good thing to do and can have such a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives.”
All donors receive full counselling before they are accepted onto either donor programme. They are also rigorously screened to ensure that the recipients have the very best chance of conceiving.
To gauge suitability as a donor, complete:
Alternatively, email, for more information about becoming:
For further information on the decisions taken by the HFEA on the donation review, from 19 October 2011.
Egg Donor Ads on Heart FM
From 2-15 April 2012, listen to Heart FM (100.7FM) to hear the new commercial from MFS about how a woman can receive £750 for donating some of her eggs. And for added impact, the voice-over is provided by Clare Roberts, who uses her own experience as both a mother of three children and a previous – and future – altruistic egg donor, to appeal to more women to do the same. So listen to Clare on Heart FM and read about why she became a donor via her story in the Birmingham Mail.
Email for more information on becoming an egg donor at MFS and how you could receive £750 when you donate to help you help others.
New MFS Success Rates Published
Check out the new success rates from MFS. Three types of updated success rates have been updated:
- headline success rates – simplified single figures for an ‘at a glance’ understanding of the outcome of some treatments
- summary results – statistics of the outcomes of key stages of each treatment, including the livebirth rate (LBR) for the cumulative three year tables (2008 – 2010) and the pregnancy rates for the results of treatments carried out in 2011 (some pregnancies from last year are still on-going and so LBRs cannot be produced yet)
- extended results – comprehensive results of all stages of each treatment
- IVF: a LBR per embryo transfer for all ages of 32.5% for the 3 years 2008-2010 (up from 29.4% for the 3 years 2007-2009)
- IVF: a LBR per embryo transfer for women aged 35 or less of 41.0% for the 3 years 2008-2010 (up from 35.8% for the 3 years 2007-2009)
- ICSI: a LBR per embryo transfer for all ages of 33.5% for the 3 years 2008-2010 (up from 32.0% for the 3 years 2007-2009)
- ICSI: a LBR per embryo transfer for women aged 35 or less of 40.2% for the 3 years 2008-2010 (up from 38.9% for the 3 years 2007-2009
Contact Jyoti Patel, MFS information analyst, for more information about success rates at MFS.
MFS Celebrates Silver
Amidst the diamonds of the Queen’s jubilee and the precious metal haul of this summer’s Olympians, 2012 also marks the silver anniversary of MFS. The next e-newsletter (#25!!) will mark this 25 year milestone in detail. Subscribe to the MFS e-newsletter.
MFS has Facebook
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The Inspector Called, The Inspector Audited . . .
As part of the quality assurance BS EN 9001:2008, a half-yearly BSI inspection in March, which included customer information, counselling services, and maintenance and calibration, revealed only a single minor non-conformity and so . . . the inspector left happy – again. MFS was the first fertility clinic in the world to be accredited with ISO 9002:1994 and the first in the UK to receive ISO 9001:2000 accreditation.