What about the emotional impact of egg sharing?
Choosing to share your eggs is a serious decision and one you should think through very carefully before agreeing to anything.
Many people are attracted by the prospect of free or discounted IVF treatment, but you should also consider the very real risk that the person you share your eggs with gets pregnant and you don’t. Consider how you would feel in that situation and whether you’d still be happy with your decision.
There’s also a chance that any child or children conceived with your donation may try and get in contact with you in the future. Under UK law, donor-conceived children can request the name and last known address of their donor when they turn 18. If your egg recipient is successful you’ll need to be prepared for the possibility that their child(ren) may try and make contact with you – and the possibility that they won’t.
To make sure you fully understand the implications of your decision, licensed clinics are required by law to offer you counselling. What this means in practice can vary so when you’re researching clinics, make sure you ask about their counselling provision if it’s something that’s important to you.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to access counselling privately or you think you’d benefit from additional counselling, the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) is a good place to find qualified counsellors with expertise in these issues.
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