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When should egg donation be considered?

Egg donation is an option for women who are unable to produce eggs or those with poor quality eggs who are unlikely to become pregnant using their own eggs. Reasons for this include:

  • Primary ovarian failure (including Turners Syndrome)
  • Premature menopause
  • Infertility as a result of chemotherapy
  • Poor responders to fertility treatment.

Where do donor eggs come from?

There are two sources of donor eggs:

  1. Known donor - couples who have already sourced a donor of their own, often a friend or relative. Ideally, known donors should be between 21 and 37 years old and have completed their family.
  2. Unknown donor - it is hard to find anonymous donors in Ireland, therefore unknown donors account for a small percentage of Egg Donation cycles carried out each year. Due to the difficulties in finding anonymous donors in Ireland, Cork Fertility has established links with reputable centres in Spain and the US. However, if you find a different clinic where you would like to source your donor eggs, we will support you in your decision and liaise with this centre throughout your treatment.

The process of egg donation using a 'known' donor


Some couples elect to use a relative such as a sister, cousin, or friend to assist them in their quest to have a baby. Before proceeding, the couple and their donor (plus her partner if applicable) are invited to meet Cork Fertility's Egg Donation Co-ordinator to have the egg donation process explained fully.


Having a child through egg donation is a big step and both couple and donor may have questions and concerns which don't surface until they have attended counselling. It is a mandatory requirement that the couple and their donor undergo counselling before embarking on treatment.


Both partners and their donor must be screened for the following:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

The donor will need to be screened initially, and at 120 days after the first screen. The donor will also require further testing including cystic fibrosis carrier testing and blood karyotyping.

Please read more about what's involved. Click for page 2.

For more information on Egg Donation Treatment please contact our Egg Donation Nurse Co-ordinator Eilis McCarthy on:

021 4865764 or email:


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