Donors can make a gift of free IVF
This innovative programme allows people to donate their eggs or sperm and in return, nominate a friend or family member to receive a free standard cycle of IVF.
How does it work?
Bourn Hall is the only clinic offering this programme in the UK and it provides a way to fund treatment for patients who may not otherwise be able to afford IVF treatment.
A donor may nominate a friend or family member who needs fertility treatment to receive a free standard cycle of IVF. The eggs or sperm donated will not be used in the treatment of the nominated person. If the nominated person also needs donor gametes (eggs or sperm), they will receive them from a different donor.
The package includes a standard IVF treatment, but does not include the pre-treatment consultation, screening tests or medication (see what’s included here).
Sperm donors must be aged between 18-40, and egg donors between 18-35, with a body mass index (BMI) between 19-30. All donors must be free from any congenital, familial or hereditary disease.
It is important that all donors have counselling from our independent fertility counsellors, which is provided free of charge. A number of screening tests will need to be performed before anyone can become a donor.
What does donating involve?
Donors will be asked to sign a declaration that they are making the donation of their own free will, and that they have not been coerced in any way. They will also sign to say that they are not receiving any other money or benefits for making this donation (other than the free standard cycle of IVF for their nominee). The benefit cannot be transferred or sold and, if the nominee is either unsuitable for treatment or decides not to proceed with it, the donor will be compensated in the normal way for an egg or sperm donor.
Is it right for me?
If you need IVF treatment yourself and you are concerned about affording the cost of treatment, this could be a way for someone you know to help you get the treatment you need and help someone else whose only chance of having a family of their own is through the use of donor eggs or sperm.
If you think you have a friend or family member who would be willing to donate eggs or sperm and would like to nominate you for a free standard cycle of IVF treatment, just get in touch. Donors can also contact us directly for more information by completing an online enquiry form for sperm or egg donation.