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The best way to become an egg donor in the UK is through a fertility clinic that is licensed by the HFEA to receive donations. You will find such clinics in most major towns and cities in the UK.

The National Gamete Donation Trust can help put you in touch with reputable donor clinics. This government funded charity aims to address the current shortage of eggs and sperm. You can call the trust on 0845 226 9193 to find out more.

You can become an egg donor is several other ways, such as through the internet or by using a non-regulated fertility specialist. However, this is unadvisable as you may not receive the same legal and medical protection as you would through a licensed clinic. HFEA licensed clinics must conform to strict medical, legal and ethical standards. This helps protect the donor, the prospective parents, and the baby itself.

Becoming an egg donor is one of the most generous acts you could possibly perform. You could give immeasurable joy to people who may have given up hope of starting a family.

However, egg donation is not for everyone. It can be difficult to accept that your donation could lead to the birth of someone with half your genes whom you will know anything about. Some egg donors can have real problems with this issue, sometimes many years after they donated their eggs.

It's also worth remembering that they can be side effects from the egg donation process. Amongst these are abdominal swelling and pain, vaginal dryness, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Most issues are temporary in nature, and serious side effects are rare. Nevertheless, you should make yourself of all the possibilities before agreeing to become an egg donor.

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