The internet is full of egg donor wanted requests. The web has allowed us to communicate with other people around the world like never before. In terms of egg donation, it has allowed donors to get in touch with people who desperately want their eggs.
If you check internet fertility forums and message boards, you will undoubtedly find posts entitled 'egg donor wanted' or 'egg donor needed'. You will also find many women offering to be donors.
However, this method of finding an egg donor doesn't offer you the legal and medical protection you would receive at a UK fertility clinics. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) require clinics to conform to strict standards to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment. It would be a risk to contemplate egg donation without this level of protection.
The main guidelines issued by the HFEA to egg donation clinics in the UK are as follows:
- donors should be healthy women, between the ages of 18 and 35.
- egg donors should have no personal or family history of genetic or inheritable disease.
- donor should have no history of mental disorders.
- egg donors should, ideally, have borne at lest one healthy child of their own.
- donors should be aware that donating eggs may adversely affect their future fertility.
If clinics really wanted to ignore these guideline they certainly could. They are not legally binding, and they are somewhat difficult to monitor. But it's unlikely that a respectable clinic would do so as they would risk losing their licence for providing egg donation treatment.
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