Thank you for enquiring about our egg donor programme with regard to being a recipient. This is the first egg donation programme offered in Barbados. We follow where possible the guidelines set up by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) of the UK, the guidelines within the Data Protection Act, and those of the Barbados Fertility Centre.
Women who do not produce eggs or for those, in whom the quality of eggs is very poor, may be advised to seek treatment with donated eggs. Our standard policy is to offer anonymous donation to women up to the age of 49, we will not transfer embryos once you turn 50.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves fertilization in the laboratory of a woman’s eggs with her husband’s/partner’s sperm. The resulting embryos are placed in the womb 2-3 days later, and if they implant may develop into pregnancy. Unfortunately, some women are unable to provide eggs for IVF, the possible reasons being:-
1. The ovaries have never developed properly e.g. Turner’s Syndrome.
2. Early menopause/premature ovarian failure.
3. Chemotherapy or previous surgical removal of the ovaries.
4. Where the woman is a carrier of a genetic disease, such as muscular dystrophy or hemophilia.
5. Poor quality of eggs due to age.
Women who fall into one of these categories can now have an opportunity to become pregnant by IVF using eggs obtained from another women.
Potential egg donors come forward voluntarily, purely because of a desire to help others. There is no incentive, either financial or otherwise. They must be fit and healthy and between the ages of 18 and 34 years, unless there are exceptional circumstances. The donors are screened for hereditary and transmissible infectious diseases and have consented to their eggs being donated.
All treatment is confidential. The couple who receive the eggs will not have access to the identity of the donor. It is, however, a statutory requirement that the names of donors and recipients are recorded and held by the Barbados Fertility Centre. The names are not available to either party. The donor has no claims on, or obligations towards any resulting children.
Many women will have relatives or friends who would gladly donate eggs. However, in the long term it may be best for all concerned if the donation is made anonymously. If a friend who has completed her family wishes to help by donating eggs, then this will help you indirectly by moving your name to the top of the waiting list.
After the initial consultation you will be required to have your screening tests done along with a womb assessment. See list of tests required (provide drop down box of tests)
You will provide the Coordinator with a Physical characteristics form which we will give you to complete so she can find a suitable donor for you.
You will be put on the egg recipient waiting list and contacted when a donor becomes available.
The clinic staff are well aware of the stress and strains of waiting and is available to answer any queries you may have. You are welcome to contact the Centre at any time to check how you are progressing on the waiting list. We cannot anticipate the length of time it will take for a donor to become available, once you are Afro Caribbean ethnicity the wait time is 3-6 months. If you are of another ethnicity we would recommend you use an agency. (see agency list, provide drop down box with name and website of agencies we work with)
When a donor has been found we will send you the donor’s characteristics before allocating the donor to you, once you agree to this donor we will then proceed with your cycle.
The egg donor will attend for a consultation where a full medical and family history will be taken. Screening for infectious diseases will be carried out and counselling sessions arranged.