Ova Bank

Egg donation is a process by which women donate eggs for the purposes of assisted reproduction. This process typically involves in vitro fertilisation technology, with the eggs being fertilised in the laboratory. Unfertilised eggs can be frozen and stored for future use at an ova bank. The first child born from egg donation was reported at Monash IVF Clinic, Australia in 1983.
Why use an ova bank

A need for egg donation may arise for a number of reasons:

  • Infertile couples may resort to egg donation when the female partner cannot have her own genetic children because her own eggs cannot generate a viable pregnancy; or because they could generate a viable pregnancy, but the chances are so low that it is not advisable to do IVF with her own eggs. This situation is often, but not always, based on advanced reproductive age.
  • It can also be due to early onset of menopause, which can occur as early as in women’s 20s.
  • In addition, some women are born without ovaries, while some women’s reproductive organs have been damaged or surgically removed due to disease or other circumstances.
  • Another indication would be a genetic disorder that either renders her infertile or dangerous for any offspring – problems that can be circumvented by using eggs from another woman.

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Our egg donors are very important to us. The National Health Act (2003 and 12 March 2012) provides specific laws and regulations that egg donor agencies and IVF clinics need to adhere to. There are a number of medical, ethical, psychological and legal aspects that need to be addressed when egg donation is considered.

In most cases the donors are unrelated to the recipients and donate for either altruistic and/or monetary reasons. In South Africa, anonymous donors are recruited by egg donor agencies or IVF clinics.

The Process

The process of egg donation broadly entails the completion and signing of a legal consent form and profiling documentation, a psychological screening assessment, a thorough medical/gynaecological examination and blood screening tests. Only once an egg donor has been approved will she be included in the egg donor programme.

Become a Donor

Application: First you need to register on Wijnland Fertility. Then you can sign in to complete the online application form. Successful applicants must also undergo a psychological evaluation and a medical examination.

Psychological Evaluation: The psychologist will evaluate if a donor is psychologically prepared to undertake the donation process. This is necessary to ensure that the donor is fully prepared and capable of completing the donation cycle safely and successfully. Find out more about Psychological Support.

Medial Examination: The medical examination will include an ultrasound to examine her ovaries, uterus and other pelvic organs. The blood screening tests are necessary to determine blood group type, check specific hormone levels and to test for infectious diseases.

Become a Donor

Apply for Donor

A donation cycle may take between three and six weeks. During this period the egg donor’s cycle and the recipient’s cycle can be synchronised. The egg donor will have to undertake a series of injections to stimulate egg production and increase the number of mature eggs.

Contact us to apply for a donor.