After a long public consultation on the rights and wrongs of egg and sperm donation, the UK's fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, gave its formal approval of egg-sharing in October last year. The technique was largely pioneered by two of the London Women's Clinic's consultants, Mr Eric Simons and Dr Kamal Ahuja, both now directors at the LWC. Egg-sharing provides subsidised IVF treatment to a woman who shares her eggs with another patient who is unable to produce her own.
Support from the HFEA and Nuffield Council
In presenting its evidence to another wider consultation on tissue and organ donation set up by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the British Medical Association also announced its support for egg-sharing. Thanks to the pioneering determination of Mr Simons and Dr Ahuja, egg-sharing is now widely regarded as a fair and equitable techinique of egg donation, which does not subject the donor to "unnecessary" fertility treatment.
Themes of research
Exploring why people donate and how both donors and recipients live with the outcomes has been a frequent theme of research into egg-sharing. The results of these studies have consistently shown enthusiasm for the technique, with few regrets (even among those whose treatment would be impossible without each other's full support and agreement).
If you’re thinking of egg-sharing as a possible fertility treatment, do attend one of London Women's Clinic's Inseminar events.
Harley Street News: 12 March 2012