Egg recipient FAQs

You can find answers to questions we are frequently asked in this section. Details specific to your own treatment will be discussed at your initial consultation.

General questions

Where does treatment take place?

The parent organisation of is The London Women's Clinic (LWC). Clinics are located in London, Cardiff, Swansea and Darlington. Egg sharers and egg recipients registering through are referred to one of these clinics for treatment.

Who is eligible to be an egg recipient?

Women who are unable to produce their own eggs either due to age or previous genetic or medical conditions are eligible for sharer eggs. Recipients up to the age of 50 are suitable but older women may be accepted subject to review by The LWC Clinical Governance. Egg recipients are screened for medical suitability in the same way as other IVF patients.

For full details on eligibility, click here.

Who provides the eggs?

Healthy women under the age of 35 (32 or under at the LWC London) who are undergoing IVF or Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) are eligible to be considered as egg sharers. Sharers who produce sufficient numbers of eggs (10 -12) donate approximately half to a matched recipient. The treatment cost for sharers is significantly reduced, but evidence suggests that helping others is another major motivating factor.

Studies completed at The LWC indicate no difference in sociological or educational patterns between sharers and recipients or sharers and non-sharers.

How long is the wait for eggs likely to be?

We are generally able to find a matched sharer within six months of your acceptance as a recipient. Sometimes the wait is much less, sometimes more.

Why is the popularity of egg-sharing growing?

Egg-sharing is mutually beneficial to sharers and recipients. Success rates for both parties are high. Sharers receive free treatment and are able to help someone else as well as themselves. Recipients benefit from a straightforward and safe solution, rather than having to join long NHS waiting lists or travel abroad.

Treatment-related questions

Can I use donor sperm in conjunction with egg-sharing?

Yes, provided you have had counselling and completed the necessary consent forms, you can use donor sperm. The London Women's Clinic uses sperm from the London Sperm Bank ( and can provide a suitable match. Alternatively, you may choose to introduce a sperm donor known to you.

Can the sharer withdraw from treatment mid-cycle?

HFEA guidelines permit sharers to withdraw from treatment, but in our 20 years of experience sharers have rarely withdrawn. If the sharer's response to ovarian stimulation is inadequate, the sharer may either retain all of the eggs for her own use (and forfeit all treatment cost reductions), or donate all of the eggs to the matched recipient and receive free treatment at a later date. Full details are discussed at your initial consultation. If the recipient's treatment is interrupted, the fees are refunded (apart from an abandoned cycle fee) and free counselling is offered.

Does egg-sharing pose an increased health risk to either sharer or recipient?

No additional medical interventions are required for egg-sharing, so there is no increased risk above standard IVF treatment.

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