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Using donor sperm, eggs, embryos, or surrogacy

Some people may need to consider using eggs, sperm or embryos from a donor.

This can be because of fertility problems which make it necessary to use donor eggs or sperm, or it may be for single women or same-sex couples.

In other cases, if a woman cannot carry a baby herself, or if a male same-sex couple wish to have a child, surrogacy may be the answer where another woman carries the pregnancy.


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Donor sperm, eggs and embryos


Donor Conception Network

The Donor Conception Network is a charity dedicated to supporting donor conception families.

They can offer advice and support to anyone considering or going through treatment using donor eggs, sperm or embryos, to families who have used donor conception and to people who are donor conceived.

They have a wide range of information available on their website and can offer support, workshops, events and have a library of useful resources.

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BFS quick guide: Thinking about using donor eggs


Quick guide to using donor eggs from the British Fertility Society

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HFEA: Single women and fertility treatment

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HFEA: Same sex couples and fertility treatment

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In surrogacy arrangements, a woman agrees to carry a baby for a couple. Once the baby is born, the intended parent or parents will then take over responsibility and care for the baby. It is important that legal advice is taken if you are considering a surrogacy arrangement



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Advice from the Department of Health and Social Care on Surrogacy

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Surrogacy UK

Surrogacy UK is a not-for-profit organisation which supports those considering surrogacy and surrogates

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Brilliant Beginnings

Brilliant Beginnings helps surrogates and intended parents to come together

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COTS (Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy) helps to match surrogates and intended parents

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