October 10, 2017

What are Nurture Fertility Donor Programmes?

For many individuals and couples, using donor cells is the only way to achieve a successful pregnancy. In such cases, using donated cells or surrogacy is an ideal part of a fertility journey. Nurture Fertility offer successful sperm and egg donor programmes with close links to a variety of clinics worldwide.

donor pregnancyReceiving Donor Eggs

Receiving donor eggs as part of your fertility journey is something that is required by a lot of people and for a number of reasons. For example, it could be down to medical complications, age or that you are in a same-sex relationship in need of donor eggs for a surrogate mother.

There are a number of different pathways for receiving donor eggs, depending on who the eggs come from. There are four different types of egg donor; UK altruistic donors, overseas altruistic donors, known donors and egg sharers.

Egg Sharing

Egg sharing is a great way of allowing patients with a normal number of eggs to have IVF/ICSI treatment. During this process, a woman can donate some of her own eggs to someone who unfortunately does not produce enough good quality eggs. At Nurture Fertility, undergoing egg sharing means your treatment is discounted; a thank you for helping someone else achieve their dream of parenthood.

Receiving Donor Sperm

Many individuals and couples need donor sperm as part of their treatment for a number of reasons. For example, this could be down to male fertility issues, meaning a man produces a lower number of sperm or the quality isn’t high enough to fertilise an egg. Alternatively, you could be in a same-sex couple or a single woman looking to start a family.

There are a number of different pathways to treatment, depending on who the sperm comes from. There are three different types of sperm donor; UK altruistic donors, overseas altruistic donors and known donors.


Though surrogacy isn’t necessarily a donor programme, it could involve elements of donor services. Surrogacy involves a woman getting pregnant and giving birth to a baby for a couple who want to start a family but are unable to. Examples of medical conditions that might make surrogacy necessary with the need of donor sperm or eggs include absence or malformation of the womb, recurrent pregnancy loss and repeated IVF implantation failures.

Donating Eggs

Thousands of people dream of creating their own family, though a percentage of these only have a chance through egg or sperm donation. Being an egg and sperm donor is an incredible, selfless act. It is an amazing gift for those who are unfortunate enough to not be able to become parents themselves. At Nurture, there is currently a waiting list for those wishing to use donor eggs, which is why we offer those wishing to donate with open arms. Donations happen over a few weeks, meaning a temporary lifestyle change for you could equal an entire life changing moment for someone else.

Donating Sperm

Like egg donation, becoming a sperm donor is a generous and selfless act that could make a huge difference to people who are unable to get pregnant without the help of a donor. Nurture Fertility welcomes all who wish to become a sperm donor. The sperm donation process is not time-consuming and is very discreet. With a comfortable environment and a friendly team, our previous sperm donators have only had positive things to say of their experience with us at Nurture Fertility.

Whether you’re interested in becoming a donor yourself or would like more information on using Nurture Fertility donor programmes, you can get in touch with the team by giving us a call on 0115 896 1900 or via our contact page.