Travelling Egg Donors in South Africa: How Does it Work?

As women, we have the gift of creating life and helping others do the same through egg donation. Helping someone fulfil their desire to have a baby is incredibly selfless and gratifying. At Nurture, we have many egg donors who are willing to travel to different cities to help change lives. If you are chosen to donate in a town far from home, don’t worry! The process is simple, and Nurture takes care of all the necessary arrangements and will cover the expenses of travelling egg donors.

Firstly, let’s look at where Nurture has partner fertility clinics. Currently, we work with top-class clinics in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit and Gqeberha (previously known as Port Elizabeth). This means that if you are chosen to donate, you would need to travel to one of these cities.

The process of egg donation for travelling donors

Now, let’s delve into the process of egg donation for travelling donors. If you indicate that you would like to or are able to donate at various locations, Nurture will take note of this and contact you if a recipient needs a donor in a different city. If you are chosen to donate in a place far from home, and you are willing to travel and can afford the time away from home, work, or university, then the process will involve a day trip to that specific city for your screening appointments. Generally, you will fly in the morning and return on the same day. Your travel expenses will be covered; you will not need to pay for these yourself. If your screening appointment can happen at a fertility clinic near to your hometown, you will not need to make this day trip to the host city.

Around two months later, you will need to travel back to that city and stay for between five to ten days. Nurture will handle all the necessary travel arrangements, including flights, transport, and accommodation. You will also receive a daily allowance for the days you are away from home. This allowance covers your daily expenses, such as food and any other incidentals you may need.

Nurture has been collaborating with these clinics for many years, and we have a great working relationship with the doctors and coordinators, who we absolutely adore! You’ll be in good hands, and we will take care of you throughout the entire process.

About egg donation in South Africa

Now, let’s discuss some verified information about egg donation in South Africa. Firstly, South African law is very clear when it comes to donating your egg cells. The gift of donor eggs can only be done on an altruistic basis, meaning that donors cannot be paid for their donation. Instead, donors are compensated for time and effort required to go through the donation process.

Additionally, all egg donors in South Africa are required by law to undergo extensive screening, including medical and psychological testing. This is to ensure that donors are mentally and medically healthy and free from any conditions that could affect the health of the recipient or the baby that may be born from the donation. The cost of this screening is covered by the clinic and egg donors will not have to pay for any testing, appointments or medication related to the donation.

We understand that the egg donation process can be physically and emotionally demanding, especially when you’re travelling! That’s why we provide our donors with comprehensive medical and psychological support throughout the process. We also encourage all our donors to take good care of themselves both before and after the donation, including maintaining a healthy diet, getting adequate rest, and taking care of their mental well-being.

Becoming an egg donor is a generous and life-changing decision that can help individuals and couples who are struggling with infertility to start a family. At Nurture, we’re committed to making your egg donation journey as smooth and stress-free as possible, even if you need to travel for the egg donation procedure. Our experienced team is on hand to guide you through every step of the process, from the initial application to the egg retrieval procedure, and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

We believe that egg donation is a noble and rewarding choice, and we’re honoured to be a part of your journey. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us.

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Tertia Albertyn is the founder of Nurture - South Africa’s longest-running and most successful Egg Donation Program. An accomplished speaker and an award-winning published author, as well as an ex-infertility patient herself, she is highly regarded in South Africa and internationally for the work she does in infertility. Tertia was instrumental in establishing the first FDA-approved frozen donor egg bank in Africa. Tertia has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and three children.