The advantages of egg-sharing

Published studies indicate that sharing eggs does not diminish the sharer's chances of a successful pregnancy, and simultaneous pregnancies between sharers and their matched recipients are common. Given these statistics, it's little surprise that 95% of women who have been involved in the programme are in favour of it.

Egg-sharing benefits sharer, recipient and society by:

  • Providing free or subsidised IVF treatment to women who are eligible to become egg sharers.
  • Providing a safe UK-based option for women requiring eggs, eliminating the need for expensive travel abroad.
  • Reducing egg wastage: in normal treatment, 10-12 eggs are often retrieved and, although some embryos may be frozen for future use, many are discarded.
  • Removing dependence on non-patient sharers, thus eliminating IVF-related risks and unnecessary medical intervention for this group of women.
  • Promoting mutual help between women - ‘practical altruism’.
  • Reducing strain on the National Health Service (UK) or similar public funding bodies in other countries.

Many women choose to become egg sharers because, whilst hoping to have a child themselves, they want to help other women to have a family too.