THE opening of Scotland’s first ‘Egg Bank’ has seen a dramatic rise in egg donors.
An interim report issued today (Thursday, October 30) by the UK’s independent regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, shows more women in the UK are donating eggs than ever before
At Glasgow’s GCRM Clinic, which recently launched Scotland’s only ‘Egg Bank,’ the number of women who will receive donor eggs this year is expected to rise double.
The private clinic already provides the largest number of egg donations/egg recipient/egg share cycles in Scotland and has one of the highest live birth rates in the UK.
The interim report by HFEA says changes in the rules whereby egg donors can receive up to £750 and egg sharers – women undergoing IVF who are willing to share their eggs – can reduce the cost of their treatment, has ‘increased the number of treatment cycles in the UK, so more couples who need donated eggs are having the chance to create the family they want’.
The GCRM Egg Bank takes donated eggs which are then vitrified (frozen) and held in storage for recipients who are able to choose donor characteristics (as they currently do with sperm donations). Additionally, recipients are able to decide when they are thawed, fertilised and transferred.
Dr Marco Gaudoin, GCRM medical director, added: “We currently have 20 batches of stored eggs. As these are utilised, we replenish the bank by adding eggs from sharers and altruistic donors. These donors are increasing now, due in part to the fact that we can reimburse them.
“However, we have 90 patients who require donated eggs. The opening of our Egg Bank will now help reduce that waiting list, along with the increased number of donors coming forward. And we are aiming to attract more donors by advertising.”
GCRM also assists up to 50 Scottish couples per annum who currently travel to a partner Spanish IVF clinic. In Spain, egg donors are reimbursed but remain anonymous – however donors are still subject to the same stringent medical screening required by the UK authorities.
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