Donor Egg Satellite Service

Due to the difficulty recruiting egg donors in Ireland, donor eggs are often sourced outside of Ireland. Donor-egg treatments are offered by many clinics abroad.

To ensure you receive the best care, we have a satellite service to support appropriate patients requiring donor egg treatments. 

This includes pre-pregnancy medical advice, counselling, psychological support, arrangement of prerequisite tests and prescriptions, provision of necessary ultrasound scans, tests during your treatment, and correspondence with your chosen clinic abroad in relation to your results.

What is the process for using donor eggs?

Egg donation is the process by which a ‘donor’ undergoes the ovarian stimulation stage of an IVF cycle in order to produce several eggs, which are then collected.

The eggs are fertilised in the laboratory with the recipient male partner’s sperm, and one or two of the resultant embryos are transferred into the female partner’s uterus 3 or 5 days later.

Why may egg donation be needed?

Egg donation may be suggested as a treatment option in cases where the chance of achieving pregnancy with the woman’s own eggs is highly unlikely, for example:

  • Premature ovarian insufficiency/premature menopause
  • Cases where egg numbers and/or quality have been severely poor in previous IVF cycles.
  • Both ovaries have been surgically removed or have been non-functioning since birth
  • Infertility as a result of chemotherapy
  • Women with Turner’s syndrome

Donor anonymity

Differences exist between jurisdictions in the provision of donor-egg services. For example,  egg and sperm donors are not anonymous in the UK and any off-spring aged 18 years has the right to know the identity of the donor. Other countries like Spain and the Czech Republic observe donor anonymity.