Who Needs It?
Patients where the woman…
• is unable to produce her own eggs due to the ovaries not developing properly (eg because of Turner’s Syndrome), or ovarian failure, also called premature menopause This affects approximately 30 to 80 thousand Australian women under 40 years.
• infertility caused by surgical or medical treatment such as chemotherapy
• has an hereditary condition that has a high chance of being passed on to her children
• has failed to conceive after repeated routine IVF treatment (particularly if the scientists have identified an egg problem)
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS – EGG DONORS
• 21 to 35 years (those older than 35 years will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and the final decision is at the discretion of the Medical Director)
• have had previous successful pregnancies or proven fertility
• have completed their own family
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS – EGG RECIPIENTS
Egg recipients using clinic-recruited egg donors…
• 18 to 45 years
Egg recipients using self-recruited egg donors…
• 18 to 50 years – assessed on a case-by-case basis
THE LEGAL SITUATION
The following points require careful consideration…
• issues associated with telling the child
• access to information
• clinics are required to record all the identifying information about donors, recipients and children in a central register managed by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
If a known donor is used, the donation is known by the donor and the recipient and this is relatively open information.
The current legal position is that the birth mother is the legal mother. The decision to donate or receive donor eggs is a serious one which has legal and social implications for all involved.
For more information visit Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages