Egg donation - do you want to donate eggs?

Young thoughtful woman in a café
Dr Jon W. Hausken

March 3, 2021

Young thoughtful woman in a café

Now the start of egg donation is approaching. The work with the regulations is finished, and now only the consultation process remains.

This will be very exciting, and we look forward to starting up. We have received approval for egg banks in Oslo and Haugesund. Patients from Western Norway will donate eggs in Haugesund, and the same applies to the couples who need egg donation in order to succeed in becoming parents finally.

Why have we established egg donation only in Oslo and Haugesund?

It is about quality. We have invested in new equipment in Oslo and Haugesund for precisely this activity. In addition, we have chosen two very experienced embryologists to do the job. Vitrification of eggs, survival and pregnancies is entirely dependent on those who master the technique best also doing the job. We are already in the process of storing eggs for women who envisage future use, i.e. egg freezing.

We have many couples waiting for egg donation. This means that the work of recruiting women who want to help other couples starts in the new year. Many of you have already contacted and said that they want to help these couples. To those of you who have already shown interest will be invited into the new year for guidance and plan for how this will take place. You must also go through a screening process to be approved as a donor.

For egg donation, the woman must undergo hormone stimulation and egg retrieval as a regular IVF experiment. The costs are, of course, fully covered, and in addition, you get paid compensation.

A woman can donate up to 3 times. The eggs can only be used in up to 6 families. More often, only one or two families will be relevant. This is because it usually takes many eggs to achieve a pregnancy. One can at any time reverse the decision and have the eggs destroyed. The eggs that have already been fertilised cannot be changed. More information will be sent out continuously.

There are several ways to carry out egg donation:

  1. You can synchronise the donor and the recipient. The woman who donates eggs does stimulation and egg retrieval as a regular IVF attempt. The eggs are fertilised with the partner's sperm (recipient of egg donation), and then you make a transfer of the fresh embryo to the woman (recipient of egg donation)
  2. You do the same as mentioned above concerning the woman who donates eggs, but one does not synchronise the treatment with the one to receive. Instead of fresh transfer, the embryos are frozen. The woman who is to receive then plans a freezing attempt and times the mucous membrane towards the thawing and return of the embryo.
  3. The third method that is approved is to recruit women who want to help. They must undergo stimulation and egg retrieval. These eggs are frozen. This is how you can build up an egg bank over time. This is perhaps the best solution in the long run, but it also takes the longest time. You can not offer egg donations until you have built an egg bank.

We will try to establish the offer as soon as possible and have already put together a dedicated egg donation group that works towards establishing a good treatment offer according to the regulations. We will update the website with ordering options as soon as these factors are in place.

Dr Jon W. Hausken

Specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics.

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