Free IFV Treatment FAQs and Egg Sharing FAQs

In this section we answer all the frequently asked questions in relating to our egg-sharing service and free IVF treatments. Details specific to your own treatment will be discussed at your initial consultation.

General Egg-Sharing Questions

Where does my free IVF 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-sharing recipients registering through are referred to one of these clinics for their free IVF treatment.

Who is eligible to be an egg sharer at The London Women's Clinic?

Within our egg-sharing programme we are able to consider women who:

  • Are over the age of 18 and under the age of 35 (32 or under at the LWC London)
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 28
  • Have no serious genetic or transmissible diseases
  • Have no history of ovarian disease or severe endometriosis
  • Have had no more than two previous unsuccessful IVF attempts
  • Are non-smokers

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What are the advantages of being an egg sharer?

You are eligible for standard free IVF treatment, including the cost of medication, which can amount to a large sum of money. The initial consultation and some investigations are chargeable. Click for details of our egg-sharing costs.

Many of those who have joined our egg-sharing programme have indicated that cost is secondary in their decision to share as the experience is a comforting and ameliorating factor in their treatment cycle and approximately one-third of sharers at The LWC go on to share again. Click for more on egg-sharing advantages.

What are the potential disadvantages of being an egg sharer?

Based on our experience of having treated over 2000 egg sharers at The LWC locations, there appears to be no evidence of any medical disadvantage to the sharer during the egg-sharing process.

Who receives the eggs?

On our egg-sharing programme, an egg sharer is matched with an anonymous egg recipient who requires eggs for IVF treatment. Studies completed at The LWC indicate no difference in sociological or educational patterns between sharers and recipients or sharers and non-sharers.

Why are egg sharers needed?

Some women are unable to produce their own eggs and need the help of an egg sharer before they can undertake IVF treatment, including those:

  • Who have experienced early menopause
  • Whose quality of eggs is poor
  • Who have had cancer treatment which has left them infertile
  • With genetic conditions they do not want to risk passing on to children
  • With unexplained infertility
How long is the wait for IVF treatment likely to be?

We are generally able to find a matched recipient within one to two months of your acceptance as a sharer on our egg-sharing programme.

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 IVF 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. Egg-sharing is therefore mutually beneficial and supportive.

Treatment-related egg-sharing questions

Does egg-sharing reduce my chances for a successful pregnancy?

There is no evidence to suggest that your chances of success are reduced by sharing your eggs. High success rates for both parties are assured by careful preparation of sharers. More than 50% of pregnancies occur simultaneously in sharers and recipients. Click here for more on egg-sharing success rates.

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

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

If I share my eggs, will I have fewer embryos to freeze?

You may have fewer embryos to freeze, although that is not necessarily the case as fertilization of eggs can never be guaranteed. The success rates for frozen embryos are lower, so some women prefer to use fresh embryos for each treatment cycle.

Can I share eggs with the recipient but freeze my own eggs or fertilized embryos for use later in life when I am ready?

Yes, a freeze and share option is available in the egg-sharing programme at The LWC and this can be discussed at your first consultation.

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

Yes, provided you have had counselling and have 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.

What if, as a sharer, I find out that the recipient is successful and not me?

If this is the case, you can be assured that the quality of your eggs is not in doubt, and there is a high chance of success from either frozen embryos or another free IVF treatment cycle.


We have tried to answer as many of the frequently asked questions about our egg-sharing and free IVF treatment services in these FAQ’s, however, more specific questions will be answering during your initial consultation.

If, for any reason, you don’t feel ready to book your egg-sharing consultation please feel free to get in touch on 020 7563 4309 today and one of our friendly egg-sharing team members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our egg-sharing and free IVF treatments.

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