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Treatment with donor eggs

We offer egg donation to couples and singles, where the woman's eggs don’t possess the quality that is necessary for the eggs to develop optimally. For some women, egg donation is the only way to have a healthy child or to get pregnant at all. 

Who can receive an egg donation?

Egg donation is an offer for couples and single women who can’t get pregnant with their own eggs. There may be a variety of reasons for this, such as previous cancer, where you have received chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy, premature menopause, previous ovarian removal, if you were born without ovaries, if you had repeated IVF / ICSI treatments with own eggs that have not caused pregnancy, or increasing age. The offer can only be considered when all other options have been tested or by the age of 44 or more.

What are the requirements for you who receive donor eggs?

You can receive egg donation until you reach the age of 46. This means that the treatment must be started at the latest when you are 45 years old. In some cases the treatment may be started a little later - but it requires you to agree that you will receive eggs from the donor whose eggs are available at the given time - and that the treatment offer stops when you reach the age of 46.

What are the requirements for you as a couple?

Both of you have to come in for a conversation with a doctor at the clinic. We will go through your previous treatments and plan the future progress. You will have a conversation with a nurse who will talk about the emotional aspect of having an egg donation as well as the practicality of the treatment.

From the woman, we must ask for the following tests:

  • Your latest cell scrap (SMEAR)
  • A blood test showing that you have had German measles (rubella)
  • A chlamydia test (inoculation or blood sample)
  • A screening of your metabolism (your TSH value and a screening for TPO antibodies, blood test)
  • Vitamin D status (blood test)
  • Negative virus samples (HIV and hepatitis B and C, blood test)

From the male partner, we must ask for the following tests, if the eggs are fertilized with his sperm:

  • A diagnostic sperm sample
  • Vitamin D status (blood test)
  • Negative virus samples (blood sample)


The virus samples must be taken at an ISO-certified laboratory.

We can always take the tests when you come to the clinic.

Donation types for egg donation

Deciding on receiving donor eggs can be difficult, and it is important that you take the time to consider the decision. A donor can choose to be "anonymous", "anonymous plus", "open" or "known".

Anonymous donation

By "anonymous donation" is meant that contact can never be established with the donor. You can receive basic information about the donor's skin, hair and eye color as well as height and weight. It is at no time possible to obtain the donor's identity.

Anonymous plus donation

By "anonymous plus donation" is meant that you get the same information as for anonymous donation plus a number of extra information about the donor. The donor decides what she wants you to know (eg education and interests). It is at no time possible to obtain the donor's identity.

Open donation

By "open donation" is meant that at a later date (typically when the child has reached the age of 18) contact can be established with the donor via VivaNeo. In addition, it is possible to get information about the donor.

Known donation

By "known donation" the receiving couple themselves have established contact with a woman who wants to donate her eggs. This donor is not compensated by the clinic, so you have to agree with the donor how to compensate her. The well-known donor must not be closely related to the man, which means she must not be a sister or cousin to the man, or be a daughter of the husband's cousin.

Anonymous cross donation

A anonymous cross donation works in the way that you have an egg donor who wants to donate her eggs - but not to you. Her egg is donated to another couple or other single women (by double donation).

How is egg donation carried out?

1. Hormone treatment and egg retrieval of the egg donor

The egg donor is given hormones, so that more eggs ripen than during your normal cycle. The eggs are removed from the donors ovaries with a special needle by a doctor. 

2.The eggs are fertilized in the laboratory

The retrieved eggs are fertilized with sperm from the recipient’s partner via in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic-sperm injection (ICSI) in the laboratory. A few days later, they are transferred to the egg recipient’s womb (embryo transfer). Both the fertilized and the unfertilized eggs can be frozen and used at a later date (cryopreservation).

3. Hormone treatment of the recipient and embryo transfer

The egg recipient is treated with hormones – oestrogen and progesterone. The lining of the womb (the endometrium) develops and provides optimal conditions for the eggs to implant.

What risks does egg donation entail?

If more than one fertilized egg is transferred during the embryo transfer, a multiple pregnancy may occur. This may be dangerous for both the mother-to-be and the children, especially if there are three or more children. It is also important to bear in mind that if the recipient is already somewhat older (e.g. over 40), any pregnancy entails a higher risk than in younger years. These risks are addressed in detail and the situation discussed thoroughly with the couple during medical consultations before starting the treatment. 

However, it should also be noted that the risk of numerical chromosomal abnormalities, something which correlates with the age of the eggs used, can be significantly reduced by egg donation. A 40-year-old woman has around a 1:100 risk of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) using her own eggs, whilst with donor eggs from a 25-year-old the risk of trisomy 21 is reduced to the same level as that of a 25-year-old (1:1350).

Where do I start?

Have a non-binding discussion with our egg donation team. We occasionally hold an egg donation evening to which we invite egg donors, recipients and donor children. 

Contact us on +45 32 57 33 16 or email:  info[at]storkklinik.dk

Further topics you might be interested in

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Double donation

Egg Freezing

Treatment with donor sperm

Become an egg donor

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Please feel free to contact us!

Our opening times:

Mon and Thu: 08:00 - 18:00
Tue, Wed and Fri: 08:00 - 16:00
Sat, Sun and holiday: 08:30 - 15:00

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We look forward to hearing from you!