You will find fertility clinics offering egg donation in most major towns and cities in the UK. Clinics licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) must conform to strict standards to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment.
Donor eggs in the UK must be screened for a variety of medical conditions that could be passed onto a resulting baby. Embryos will also be quarantined for six months to help ensure that babies born are healthy and that there are no risks to women who may receive them.
Amongst the best clinics for IVF egg donation in England are the The Bridge Centre in London and CARE Fertility with locations throughout the UK. Recommended clinics in Wales include IVFWales Fertility Centre in Cardiff and the The London Women's Clinic in Swansea. For egg donation in Scotland, try the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine on the Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital. And finally, if your looking for an egg donation clinic in Northern Ireland, Origin Fertility Care should be at the top of your list.
If you can't find an egg donation clinic in your area, you can contact the National Gamete Donation Trust on 0845 226 9193 who may be able to help. This government funded charity aims to address the current national shortage of donor sperm, eggs and embryos.
Egg donation and ICF is available on the NHS but not all primary care trusts provide funding for the treatment. Those that do will invariably have very long waiting lists. The NHS has also fallen victim to the UK shortage of donor eggs. Even if your local hospital does provide treatment, there's a distinct possibility that they won't have the eggs to carry out the procedure. It's for these reasons that so many couples are choosing to have egg donation treatment at private clinics.
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