Women struggling to fall pregnant may not necessarily have the same success with their own eggs, nor may they find it easy to find egg donors in Australia. Fortunately, Fertility First offers a donor program to assist, providing options for women of all ages struggling with infertility.
Fertility First has a collaborative agreement with Central IVF (formerly ManorIVF) to provide donor eggs from overseas donors to our patients. Recipients in need of donor eggs will receive eggs, ready to be injected with sperm either from their partner or a donor during an IVF cycle.
Former Melbourne fertility specialist and founder of Central IVF, Dr Shlomi Barak has recognised the need to be able to provide Australian patients with premium donor egg treatment at an affordable price, without having to travel overseas. The result is a donor program in Sydney suitable for women in need, whether they’re 30 years of age or much older.
Why has Fertility First chosen to collaborate with Central IVF?
By entering into a collaborative arrangement with Central IVF:
- It will no longer be a requirement for patients to travel overseas to seek overpriced treatment.
- Central IVF has taken the steps to ensure there is compliance with Australian NHMRC and RTAC guidelines.
- Central IVF is the first clinic in Europe to provide mandatory counselling to their donors and the donors will also receive additional counselling with an independent Australian psychologist and fertility counsellor who is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA).
- All donors are identity release donors, meaning that any child born from the donated eggs will have the right to know the identity of their donor once they turn 18.
- Central IVF has confirmed that all oocyte donors have proven fertility.
- Central IVF offers a guarantee on embryo quality.
Central IVF has stated that the donors being sent to Australia are aged between 21 and 30.
The donors have undergone a comprehensive screening process in accordance with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and NHMRC donor guidelines involving:
- A full review of medical history including an extended family medical history and their children’s health and development if applicable
- Physical examination and sexual health history
- Screening for Hepatitis B & C, HIV, Syphilis, HTLV 1 & 2, CMV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, blood tests covering blood group and antibodies, full blood count and thalassaemia (when indicated)
- Genetic screening including Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and karyotype testing.
- Psychological evaluation
In addition to being able to access quality donor eggs in Sydney, we will offer two premium donor egg programs to meet the needs and budget for all our patients. All of the donor eggs in each of the programs will be vitrified at Central IVF and transported to Fertility First by Central IVF’s on-board hand carry courier for fertilisation, embryo creation and embryo transfer.
- 8 Egg Program / ( 8 Vitrified Donor Eggs)
Central IVF Guarantee – The creation of minimum 3 x cleavage stage (Day-2 or Day-3) embryos.
- 10 Egg Program / ( 10 Vitrified Donor Eggs)
Central IVF Guarantee – The creation of minimum 4 x cleavage stage (Day-2 or Day-3) embryos.
For more information on Fertility First’s donor egg program or to make an appointment to see Dr Clark, please contact Fertility First on (02) 9586 3311 and speak to one of our friendly staff members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need donor eggs?
Donor eggs won't be necessary for all treatment cycles, and your requirements will largely depend upon what's suggested by your doctor and fertility specialist.
Can I get donor eggs?
Fertility First has a collaborative agreement with Central IVF to provide quality eggs from overseas donors to our patients in Sydney.
Are the donors known egg donors?
Fertility First uses Central IVF's eggs, which come from Europe rather than Australia. However all donor eggs have been graded as high, and are suitable for use with women of all ages.
Is there an age limit for donor eggs?
Fertility First's donor egg program is designed to help all women of all ages gain access to quality donor eggs at an affordable cost without the need to travel overseas or join an extensive waiting list.
Is there a waiting list for donor eggs?
There is no waiting list for donor eggs at Fertility First. Patients have access to premium donor eggs without the drawn out waiting time.
What are the success rates for using donor eggs?
Fertility First has extensive experience in IVF procedures working with donor eggs, with many patients able to fall pregnant following a successful egg transfer. Since September 2017, 77% of our Central IVF donor egg recipients at Fertility First who met the embryo quality guarantee have achieved a clinical pregnancy, with the number continuing to rise.
Can my partner or family member donate eggs?
While Fertility First's donor program uses Central IVF's egg bank, family members and/or partners can donate their eggs for use in your IVF cycle. Much like sperm donors, a known donor will have to undergo counselling, and will need to consult a doctor.
More information about donor eggs in Australia
Usually out of the eggs retrieved, we expect approximately 80% to be mature, and of those, between 60 to 80% will fertilise normally. This is perfectly normal.
Travelling overseas may be put on hold, but you can have your donor eggs transported to Australia without leaving the country.