Step-by-step for egg recipients

Step 1 Contact us

Simply call us on +44 (0) 20 7563 4309 or complete an enquiry form and we will be in touch within 24 hours.

Step 2 Your first visit

When you come for your first appointment at one of our clinics, a consultant will discuss your treatment in detail, and ask questions about your health, lifestyle and previous infertility treatments. This visit will include a blood test, ultrasound scan and assessment of the male partner's sperm, if applicable, or a discussion about use of donor sperm.

Please bring:

  • Results of previous relevant medical tests
  • Photo identification - a passport or a photo driving licence - with date of birth
  • Details of your GP - we will require consent to contact your GP

Screening tests required

Cervical smear
Chlamydia urine
Hepatitis B, B Core and C
HIV and HTLV I & 2


Chlamydia urine
Hepatitis B and B Core
Hepatitis C
HIV and HTLV I & 2
Semen analysis

Additional tests may be required.

(The initial consultation fee of £295 is payable on the day of the appointment but you will be asked to provide debit/credit card details when you make the booking).

Step 4 Starting treatment

Once your egg sharer is identified and her screening for transmissible and hereditary diseases is complete, your menstrual cycles are regulated to match (this can take 2-3 weeks), and IVF treatment will begin.

(Please note that all fees are payable at this stage.)

Step 5 Hormone treatment

A course of hormone treatment is scheduled in order to prepare your uterus for pregnancy in much the same way as happens in a natural cycle.

Step 6 Allocation of eggs

The sharers eggs are collected and generally divided equally between sharer and recipient, with the exact arrangement agreed in advance. The LWC suggests that a minimum of eight to ten eggs are retrieved from the sharer. Sometimes an excessive number of eggs necessitates egg-sharing with two recipients (the maximum number of recipients allowed in the UK). In unusual circumstances, a sharer produces fewer than eight eggs and she may decide to retain all of them for her own treatment. In these circumstances your cycle is cancelled, and a refund (apart from an abandoned cycle fee) is made.

Step 7 Fertilisation

If your partner's sperm is used, a sample will be required on the day of egg collection. If the quality of the semen is in doubt, with prior agreement, ICSI may be used to enhance fertilisation rates. (Please note that a fee is payable for ICSI as well as for donor sperm, should you require these services.)

Next, the partner/donor sperm sample is washed, prepared and added to a culture dish which contains the eggs. After 16-18 hours, it is usual that about 70% of the eggs will have fertilised.

(Please note that a fee is payable for ICSI as well as for donor sperm, should you require these services.)

Step 8 Embryo development

We contact you the day after egg collection to let you know the outcome of fertilisation and to arrange a time for embryo transfer. This takes place three to five days after egg collection.

Based on their rate of growth and appearance, the embryos are graded for quality. Good quality embryos surplus to immediate transfer needs can be frozen and stored for future use, subject to the completion of the usual consent forms.

(Please note that a fee is payable for freezing and storage should you require these services.)

Step 9 Embryo transfer

The embryo transfer procedure is similar to a smear test. It causes minimal discomfort.

Embryos are placed into a thin plastic tube called a catheter with a syringe on one end. The doctor guides the catheter through the vagina and cervix, depositing the embryos into the uterus. Further medication may be recommended at this stage to support implantation of the embryo(s) which begins three to four days later. In accordance with the HFEA guidelines, a maximum of two embryos can be transferred in any cycle, other than in exceptional circumstances. Younger women (under 35 years) are often advised to transfer a single blastocyst to avoid twin pregnancies.

Step 10 Pregnancy

If you have not had a period fourteen days after embryo transfer, you should test yourself with the kit provided. An ultrasound scan will be performed at six or seven weeks' gestation to confirm a visible heartbeat and ongoing pregnancy. At this stage we refer you to your own obstetric unit.

If, unfortunately, you are not pregnant, a free follow-up consultation is arranged to discuss options. The LWC is committed to supporting you at every level before, during and after treatment, and further support counselling is available if required.

Step 11 Follow up

If, after three treatment cycles, you are not pregnant, we arrange a consultation to discuss future options free of charge.

Get in touch

Telephone 020 7563 4309 email or use the contact form below






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