Donating your embryos

You can help in different ways,  one option is to donate your embryos to research, or you can donate to another couple.

When you have completed your fertility treatment, often one of the hardest decisions you make is what you want to do with any extra embryos you have. Sometimes patients do not want to discard their embryos and decide that they want to help others.

Using Your Embryos For Research

Our embryology teams at CARE Fertility undertake research programmes licensed by the HFEA and work with scientists around the world striving towards treatment solutions for the future. One of the biggest challenges for researchers in this field is the availability of embryos.

If you feel that you would like to help by donating your embryos, we’d be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the process.

You will be required to complete consent forms as part of the process. If you would like any additional information regarding our current research projects, please speak to a member of the team at your CARE clinic.

Helping other couples with your embryos

If you’ve been able to start your own family with CARE, you know how it feels to go through IVF treatment – and how it feels when it goes well. Not everyone is so lucky, but with your help by becoming an embryo donor, we could give another couple a better chance of success.

Could embryo donation be for me?

If after a round of IVF treatment you have frozen embryos you aren’t going to use, you might be able to donate them to another couple.

To donate your embryos, you and your partner will need to be aware of your family history, and you shouldn’t have any known genetic problems. If you fit these criteria, you could be exactly who we’re looking for.

What does donating my embryos involve?

Medical assessment

If you decide you’d like to donate your embryos , both you and your partner will need to fill out a detailed medical questionnaire before you meet a nurse from our donation team. Your nurse will then talk you through all the details. You'll also both need to have some additional blood tests to check you meet the criteria for donation.  


All of our embryo donors are offered a session of implications counselling; this session is an opportunity to talk about any ethical and legal issues, share any questions you might have, and make absolutely certain that it’s the right decision for you. 


If after your consultation and counselling sessions you’re happy to go ahead with your donation, we’ll continue to store your embryos for use by another couple when needed.

Do you get paid to donate embryos?

Under UK law it is illegal to pay someone for their embryo donation. However, to thank you for your generosity and to make things as convenient as possible, we'll compensate you with £35 per clinic visit relating to your donation. And, if you ask us to, we can let you know when any children are born as a result of your kindness.