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Egg donation: obstacles

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There is a shortage of egg donors and we are always looking for new ones. However, not everyone who wants to donate eggs is suitable as a donor and unfortunately some have to be declined. On this page, we have compiled information about potential factors that may prevent egg donation.

If you are wondering whether you would make a good donor, please fill in the egg donor interview form on our website, and one of our midwives in charge of donors will contact you and arrange an appointment where you can discuss it with her.

We are looking for healthy women who are 20–35 years old and have no hereditary conditions themselves, and who have no close relatives (parents, siblings or children) who have hereditary conditions. What are the factors that may prevent egg donation?

Obstacles to egg donation:

  • Donor’s hereditary conditions. *
  • Close relatives’ hereditary conditions (donor’s children, siblings or parents). **
  • Diagnosed attention deficit disorder (donor or some close relatives). ***
  • Donor’s HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.
  • Donor is significantly underweight or overweight. ****
  • Heavy smoking (smoking is not allowed during the donation process, because it affects the quality of the eggs).
  • Heavy use of alcohol.
  • Use of drugs.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding. *****
  • Too young or too old. A donor must be between 20–35 years old.

* For example, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, muscular dystrophy, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, haemochromatosis, retinoschisis.
** As stated above and additionally, for example, early-onset dementia (at 40–50 years old), two or more close relatives have a structural developmental disorder (such as club foot, hip dislocation, cheilouranoschisis, congenital heart disease).
*** Such as ADHD or other attention deficit disorder or autism.
**** Being significantly underweight may prevent the donation of eggs, because the ovaries of a significantly underweight woman may not function normally. The problem with a potential donor who is significantly overweight is that the medication used in the treatment may not work.
***** You cannot donate eggs while pregnant or breastfeeding. After childbirth, you should wait at least 6 months before donating eggs. Before you can donate eggs, your menstrual cycle must have returned and you must have fully stopped breastfeeding.

Would you like to help someone who is unable to conceive naturally?

Donate your eggs and give someone the gift of life. Fill in the egg donor interview form and we will contact you!

Fill in the form

Ask our midwives in charge of donors for more information about donating eggs:

Hanna Haapanen

Ovumia Helsinki
Hanna Haapanen
050 412 7297

Ninni Wäre

Ovumia Tampere
Ninni Wäre
045 604 8474


Ovumia Jyväskylä
Mari Laine


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