A number of people I’ve spoken to recently have been told that there are no donor eggs available here in the UK because of the change to the law about anonymity some years ago. This is simply not true. There has actually been an increase in the number of egg donors, and there are clinics here in the UK which can provide donor eggs without long waits and delays. If you need to use donor eggs and would prefer a UK donor, it is always worth ringing around a few fertility clinics and enquiring about this if there are no donors available at the clinic you’re attending.
The change to the law on anonymity was made because it was agreed here in the UK that this was in the best interests of those born using donor eggs and sperm. Whether someone who is donor-conceived wants to find out about their genetic parent is entirely up to them, but this change meant that they would have the opportunity to do so if they chose to. The change in regulation has not led to a reduction in the number of egg and sperm donors, but there are some clinics which have donors and others which don’t – so it’s always a good idea to check all your options before making a decision.