The egg donation programme is designed for women who:
- do not produce eggs of their own, or produce only a small quantity. It embraces women whose ovaries have not developed properly, women affected by premature ovarian failure, or older women during menopause.
- are failing to fertilise or create embryos that are able to sustain an ongoing pregnancy. This group usually consists of women over 40, and women who have undergone repeated unsuccessful IVF cycles with their own eggs.
- have a high chance of passing on a serious genetic condition to their children. These women have had detected chromosomal abnormalities (change in the structure or number of chromosomes) or monogenic diseases that can be transmitted to their offspring in genetic tests.
- underwent surgery during which they had both ovaries removed.
- underwent some types of radiotherapy or chemotherapy.