For many women, using an egg donor may be their only option for becoming a mum.
Couples that require egg donation have often experienced several unsuccessful IVF cycles or for medical reasons have been advised that using donor eggs is their best chance to have a child. Sadly there is a shortage of egg donors in Tasmania.
Donating your eggs, will have a powerful impact on you, the woman that who receives it, and, of course, on the person born as a result of your donation.
Can I be an egg donor?
To be an egg donor, you must be a female Australian resident, preferably around 35 years of age (we generally cap the age of egg donors at 38). It is also desirable that egg donors have completed their own families. If you have a partner, we ask that they attend donor counselling sessions with you.
Can I be paid to be an egg donor?
In Australia it is illegal to take payment for any human tissue, including eggs, however TasIVF can reimburse donors for their expenses incurred during the donation process.
Can I be an anonymous donor?
If there is a specific couple or individual that you wish to donate your eggs to, such as a sister or good friend, TasIVF can help you manage this process.
Otherwise, if you wish to be an anonymous donor, you will have the option of reviewing potential recipient’s profiles and selecting the recipient (s) of your choice.
TasIVF maintains a secure register of all past donors, which the offspring of donors have the option to access when they turn 18.
Am I legally responsible for the offspring?
While any children created as a result of your donation will be your genetic offspring, legally and socially they will be the children of different parents.
At TasIVF, we require all donors to have a three month cooling off period prior to donations as well as at least two counselling sessions with our counsellor. This is so you can make sure the decision you make is one you can live with for the rest of your life. It also helps ensure your decision will have positive implications for donor recipients and any resulting offspring.
How do I become an egg donor?
If you are interested in egg donation, please make an appointment to talk to our Donor Coordinator, either face to face or over the phone, to get more detail on the egg donation process. This will include the kinds of tests you’ll be required to undergo, including infectious disease and genetic testing, the medication you’ll need to take and your rights and responsibilities as a donor. Counselling is compulsory for donors, recipients and their respective partners to ensure everyone involved is prepared.
Of course, we treat any donor enquiry, and all aspects of care and treatment, with the utmost privacy and confidentiality.
Using egg donors in IVF is a specialist area, and TasIVF coordinates our donor program to ensure it meets all ethical and legislative guidelines and standards.