Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a section of Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in your journey of becoming an egg donor.

What will my eggs be used for?

Donated eggs will be used to treat infertility patients who require donor eggs to conceive a child. The donated eggs collected by Egg Donors Australia will only be used by patients attending City Fertility Centre and Rainbow Fertility.

Who will receive my eggs?

Fertility treatments using an egg donor are available to single women, same-sex couples as well as heterosexual couples. Fertility units are required by law not to discriminate on the grounds of marital or sexual preference.

What information is given to recipients and why?

The recipients will be given non-identifying information about the natural characteristics of the donors to help them choose a suitable donor.

Donors are described by basic physical characteristics, social traits and medical history on her and her family.

Each donor is given a code number and the non-identifying information available includes:

  • ethnic origin
  • blood group and CMV status
  • physical characteristics – height, build, eye colour, hair colour, skin tone
  • social traits – the level of education, occupation, hobbies, special interests and skills
  • medical history of the donor and her family

Will my identity ever be released?

Donor-conceived persons are entitled to know who their genetic parents are, should they want this information. They can request access to your identity once they have either reached the age of 18 or have acquired sufficient maturity to appreciate the significance of the request. Therefore, donors must consent to their identifying information being held by City Fertility and the Victorian and New South Wales Central Registers. In Victoria and New South Wales, a State Register is held of all pregnancies and births from donated sperm. In Queensland, there is no legislation at this time to keep a register. However, City Fertility keeps identifying information (Such as name, date of birth, address) and non-identifying information, which may be cross-referenced through a code.

In the event of being contacted by a person born from donated gametes, City Fertility will make reasonable efforts to notify the gamete donor prior to the release of information.

Are there any health issues I should inform Egg Donors Australia about before donating?

Egg Donors Australia needs to know:

  • If you contract a cold, the flu or a more serious illness.
  • If you start taking medication of any kind.
  • If you and/or your sexual partner(s) contract an infectious disease such as HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhoea or Chlamydia, either while you are an active donor or after you stop donating.
  • If you, your children or anyone in your family is diagnosed with a congenital or hereditary disease or illness, either while you are an active donor or after your donation.

 

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