What is egg-sharing?

Egg-sharing is an In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment that brings together women who produce surplus eggs (an egg sharer) with those unable to produce eggs (an egg recipient). Egg-sharing enables these two groups of women to help one another - egg sharers receive free standard IVF treatment, whilst egg recipients receive the eggs they need for IVF. So if you decide to participate in egg-sharing, whichever side of the equation you're on, you'll be helping both yourself and someone else to become a mum.

Egg-sharing begins by stimulating the women’s ovaries encouraging them to produce eggs, these eggs are then harvested and fertilised by our specialists in a laboratory. Under UK law, only 1 or two of the resulting embryos can be transferred to the woman seeking pregnancy. The excess eggs are often frozen and stored in case a future course is required. This is where egg-sharing comes in. Egg-sharing allows those stored eggs, eggs which are often never used by the original donor, to be distributed amongst other women also in need of IVF treatment. Egg-sharing is only allowed where the donor has given clear consent.

The London Women’s Clinic – Pioneers of Egg-Sharing

Egg-sharing now takes place across the world and hundreds of women enjoy the benefits that it brings every year, but it was The London Women's Clinic that originally pioneered egg-sharing in the UK, 20 years ago. It is for this reason and our continued commitment to excellence, that it is still LWC, the parent organisation of that is widely regarded as the leading provider of egg-sharing today.

Egg-sharing in the UK is regulated by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) guidelines, which ensures that sharers and recipients both enjoy excellent results. Indeed, The LWC has one of the highest egg-sharing success rates in the UK, in 2009 there was a 69% live birth rate for sharers and 51% for recipients.

You can find out more about egg-sharing by attending one of our free INSEMINAR information sessions, which we hold regularly at our clinics around the UK. Why not come along and learn more about how egg-sharing can change your world?