Fertility Consents

ACU, Ninewells will soon be replacing traditional paper-based consenting with a digital consenting system. Fertility Consent is a secure online platform that enables patients to remotely access the relevant medical and legal information to provide informed consent and digitally sign consent forms for their fertility treatment, thus eliminating the need for paper information leaflets and consent forms.  Fertility Consent provides a complete library of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) consent forms and individual clinic consent forms that are automatically allocated to each patient and partner according to their treatment and personal circumstances. The platform also provides a library of materials and easy-to-understand videos that explain each fertility treatment and HFEA form in a clear and engaging way. 

We will be introducing this for all new patients over the coming weeks and for return patients as we progress.  To enable us to provide this service we require up to date contact numbers for all patients, if you have been recently referred or are due to have an appointment with the ACU, Ninewells soon please contact us to provide us with up to date contact details for each partner on 01382 496475 or alternatively email tay.acusecretarial@nhs.scot 

Assisted Conception Unit

Sperm donors and egg donors

Sperm Donors

Male factor infertility is one of the most common causes.  Occasionally we can provide treatment which will return fertility to a man but on some occasions there is no treatment available. These couples may choose to undergo treatment with donor sperm, so that they may have a family. We also treat same sex female couples and single women.  We pay £35 per visit to sperm donors. 

Please see sperm donor information for more details.

Egg donors

For women with primary or premature ovarian failure, those whose ovaries have been removed, or where there is a risk of passing on some genetic disorder, the only hope of a pregnancy lies with the use of eggs donated by a healthy female volunteer.

Please see information for oocyte donors and information for egg share donors for further details.

Who can help?

  • Egg donors should be under the age of 36
  • They should understand the responsibility of passing on genetic material to the next generation
  • They should be free of any significant illness and will be asked to complete a questionnaire, including details of family history, so that we can be sure there are no diseases likely to be passed on

Payment

We compensate egg donors £750  for a cycle of treatment (this includes expenses).

Egg Sharing

Women who are undergoing assisted conception treatment may consider sharing their eggs. It is possible to greatly reduce the cost of your IVF or ICSI treatment cycle in this way. Donors should be:

  • Under the age of 36
  • Have a BMI of less than 30
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have no personal or family history of inherited illness or disabilities

For further information, contact the appointments secretary on 01382 496475 or alternatively email tay.acusecretarial@nhs.scot 

HFEA Register/Donor Anonymity

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) keeps a confidential register of information about donors, patients and treatments. This register was set up on 1st August 1991 and therefore contains information concerning children conceived from licensed treatments from that date onwards.

As from the year 2008, people aged 16+ (if contemplating marriage) or 18, who ask the HFEA, will be told whether or not they were born as a result of licensed assisted conception treatment, and if so, whether they are related to the person they want to marry.

Until 2005, donors could choose to remain anonymous and, although they had to give identifying details for the HFEA register, these remained confidential. However, on 1st April 2005, the law changed to allow people conceived through donation to find out who the donor was, once they reach the age of 18; these changes only apply automatically to donations made after 1st April 2005. Please refer to the leaflet ‘What you need to know about using sperm, eggs, or embryos’ produced by the HFEA.

Counselling

The Act also states that counselling should be made available to a potential donor and we have a fertility counsellor who is independent of the Unit. Appointments can be made by contacting the secretaries.

How to Become a Donor

If you would like to make an appointment to talk to one of the medical staff please contact the appointments secretary on 01382 496475 or alternatively email tay.acusecretarial@nhs.scot