Some 15–20% of couples at a fertile age will experience unintented infertility at some stage of their life. Luckily, most of them can be helped by fertility treatments. Donated eggs may be needed if the couple or person hoping to have a child cannot produce their own eggs, if there are functional defects in their cells or if there is a high risk of serious hereditary disease when using the cells of the couple themselves.
By donating eggs you will be able to help infertile couples
Hundreds of infertility treatments are carried out with donated cells in Finland every year. As a result, thousands of children have already been born to parents longing to have a child.
In Finland, the donation of eggs and sperm is legally controlled by the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments which entered into force in 2007. Donating cells does not require you to become a parent of the child or give you any entitlement to it. According to the Act, the cells of one donor can be used to treat a maximum of five different women. Several children may be born in the same family using the cells of the same donor. The donor may not know who received their cells, and the parents of the children resulting from the treatment are not entitled to learn the identity of the donor. The donor has, however, the right to know whether any children were born as a result of treatments using their cells, if they want to know. The donor has the right to revoke the donation for the part of any unused cells, if they change their mind as a result of their situation, for example.
According to the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments, children born as a result of using donor cells have the right to learn the identity of the donor when they are adults (18 years). A prerequisite for this is that the parents tell the child how they were conceived. Nowadays, parents are encouraged to talk about this openly.
According to research, some children conceived with donor cells want to contact the donor when they are adults in order to learn more about their biological origins. Based on previous experience, such contacts are made in good faith and found significant by both parties. The donor is, however, not required to meet a person born as a result of using donor cells or to have any contact with them.
Healthy women aged 20–35 years may donate eggs. Having your own children is good, but also women without children may donate.
We invite women considering egg donation to a meeting with a doctor. We tell them about the hormonal treatment needed for egg donation and about the collection of eggs in detail. We also make sure that there are no medical reasons why the woman should not donate eggs. A vaginal ultrasound scan is also done at the doctor’s reception. All women donating eggs also meet with our psychologist for egg donation counselling, to discuss the psychological and ethical issues related to the treatment in more detail.
By donating eggs, you’ll be giving someone the chance to create new life. Contact us in Tampere by phone 045 604 8474 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, in Helsinki 050 412 7297 or email@example.com, in Jyväskylä 040 647 5946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.