Aussies and Kiwis

australiaWelcome Mate! Here at Nurture we are very fond of our Aussie and the Kiwi recipients.  (Except when we are playing cricket or rugby against you, then we don’t love you very much at all). Many Australian and New Zealand couples and singles travel to South Africa for egg donation treatment and we look forward to welcoming even more of you to Sunny South Africa.  We have listed some frequently asked questions below. If you have any more questions you are welcome to contact us on

Hearing it from one of your own

We have many Aussies who have been to South Africa and used a Nurture Egg Donor for their IVF treatment. Some of who have volunteered to share their experiences and insights with other Aussies who are considering coming to South Africa for DE IVF – sometimes it helps to chat to one of your own. One kind soul has volunteered to be the official contact for all Aussies and Kiwis who are thinking about embarking on this life changing journey:

Spice-Girls-Sporty-Halloween-Costume--pTRU1-13931458dtMel C (former wanna-be Spice Girl now known as Old Married Spice ) is a mom to gorgeous twins conceived via donor eggs in Cape Town. You are welcome to email her at and ask her any questions you might have about travelling to South Africa, where to stay, what to do, how to coordinate all the medical bits, how to choose a donor – any questions you might have. She has BTDT, and gotten the Twin Tshirt to match.

About Nurture Egg Donor Program in South Africa

  • Nurture has a large database of quality egg donors
  • No waiting time – all the donors listed on our database are available to donate immediately
  • Nurture interviews each of our donors personally and pre-screens the donors according to Nurture’s strict qualifying criteria
  • Up to 70% success rate, clinic dependent
  • Partners with the majority of accredited fertility clinics in South Africa
  • South Africa has world class fertility clinics and medical facilities
  • Fabulous holiday destination
  • Favourable currency conversion
  • Nurture follows the guidelines as set out by the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynecological Endoscopy Regulations (SASREG.)
  • Collectively, the Nurture team has more than 40 years experience in egg donation in South Africa
  • Nurture has done over 2250 completed egg donor cycles
  • 24 x 7 x 365 Nurture availability to support you throughout your journey and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many embryos are transferred?
Either one or two embryos are transferred, depending on the health and the wishes of the recipient

What happens with the remaining embryos?
All the eggs the donor makes belong to the recipient. The best one or two are transferred to the recipient’s womb and the remainder are frozen for another attempt or for siblings. Should you wish to ship your remaining embryos back to Australia you will need to confirm with your local fertility clinic whether this is legally possible (different states have different laws)

What treatment is available in South Africa?
IVF, ICSI, IUI, PGD, egg donors, sperm donors, donor embryos, PGD, TESA, vitrification

Is DE IVF available to single people / same sex couples?
Yes, South Africa legislation prevents discrimination against anyone because of race, religion, sexual orientation, relationship status

Is there an age limit?
Yes, IVF clinics in South Africa have a cut off age of 50 for the female recipient. However some clinics will make exceptions (dependent on the individual’s health and situation).

Do we have contact with our donor?
Unfortunately not. Egg donation in South Africa is anonymous and confidential as per the law

Can you use an egg donor and a sperm donor?
Yes. Nurture does not have a donor sperm program but we can refer you to the donor sperm banks in South Africa or you can bring imported sperm into South Africa from abroad

How long after choosing a donor will the actual treatment take place?
It takes approximately 8-10 weeks from the time the donor is chosen until the actual donation take place.

How long do I need to be in South Africa for?
The clinics in South Africa will request that you are in South Africa for 12 days. This builds in enough flexibility should your donor retrieve earlier or later than panned.

Do I need to make contact with a fertility clinic?
We will facilitate an introduction to the fertility clinic for you. 

Is it possible to schedule my donation cycle according to the specific time period which I can be in South Africa for ? 
Yes, the timing of the donation will be scheduled around your availability.

Who will be my support and with whom do I communicate throughout the process ?
Nurture is here to fully support and guide you throughout your journey.  We will be your primary SA contact, along with the IVF co-ordinator at your fertility clinic.

What tests does the clinic need ?

Female Partner:

A: Blood tests:
• HIV I & II antibodies
• RPR/VDRL/TPHA (Syphilis)
• Hepatitis B surface antigen
• Hepatitis C antibodies
• Rubella IgG (immunity)
• Day 3 FSH
• Prolactin

B: Transvaginal ultrasound scan of the pelvis

C: Other:

*HSG (hysterosalpingogram) or hysteroscopy or saline infusion sonogram
(* not compulsory but might be requested by your treating Doctor after reviewing your medical history and ultrasound scan result)

*Laparoscopy report if available
(* not compulsory but might be requested by your treating Doctor after reviewing your medical history)

Male Partner:

A: Blood tests:
• HIV I & II antibodies
• RPR/VDRL/TPHA (Syphilis)
• Hepatitis B surface antigen
• Hepatitis C antibodies

B: Semen analysis

Am I the legal mother of the child born in Australia ?

As per current Australian legislation the woman that gave birth to the baby (or babies) is deemed the legal mother of that child, irrespective of egg donation/sperm donation.

How much does it cost for an Australian client ?

  • A donor IVF cycle at a leading fertility clinic, costs between ZAR 50,000 and ZAR 90,000 (clinic dependent)
  • Donors are compensated ZAR7,000 for their donation (this is included in the quote you will receive from the clinic).
  • Nurture’s egg donation management fee is ZAR 21,500

Other estimated travel costs include::

Flights: Economy, booking one month in advance, Sydney-Cape Town: From *ZAR15,000 to *ZAR25,000 per adult.


Nurture have an apartment directly next to Cape Fertility in Cape Town which is hired out to recipients (dependent on availability).

We also have a list of guest houses / hotels we recommend international recipients to, prices vary from R800 – R2500 per night

*The above costs are approximates to give you an estimate idea on what egg donor IVF in South Africa would cost.

Nurture’s Australian Offering

  • Free registration to our secure online egg donor database, where you will have access to hundreds of immediately available, quality egg donors.
  • Childhood photographs
  • Confidential and anonymous egg donation.
  • World Class medical care at excellent fertility clinics in either Cape Town or Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban Or Port Elizabeth
  • Full support from the experienced Nurture team throughout your journey

We hope this helps. If you have any other questions, you are welcome to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page at or you can email our local Friendly Aussie Chick Mel C on or you can email us at