A childless Welsh couple are putting up posters all across UK seeking an egg donor. Caroline Harris and husband- of-six-years Dylan, 43, are putting up the specially designed bills wherever they go. The novel move comes after a failed IVF attempt.
They are on the list for egg sharing at IVF Wales, which is based at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, but have decided to take their own action while they wait.
AdvertisementMrs Harris, 42, said: "To have a child would complete us. Although we are a couple we do have different interests... having a child would really bring us together as a family.
"We went to hospital when I hadn't conceived after about 18 months and I was given the fertility drug Clomid. That didn't work and then we learned that I was over the age limit for IVF on the NHS, which hit me for six as I didn't know what to do.
"We left it for a while, we went on holidays together but that couldn't replace having a family. So we decided to bite the bullet and pay for IVF privately. Although we got an egg, it didn't develop. You build your hopes up when you have IVF and it is very upsetting when it doesn't work."
It was after the failed IVF attempt that the couple decided to explore the possibility of egg donation.
They are currently on the waiting list for egg sharing at IVF Wales - couples undergoing IVF treatment can share their eggs with other couples who need donor eggs in return for free or cut-price treatment, Wales Online reports.
"I was told that I'm not producing enough eggs and those I do don't have a long lifespan left. We were told the best option was either egg sharing or egg donation," Mrs Harris added.
In the meantime the couple have been putting up printed posters across South Wales and beyond in the hope of attracting an egg donor - friends have even put them up in Bristol and London. The posters were designed by the National Gamete Donation Trust and feature a reference number unique to the Harrises.
Potential donors who see the poster are referred to the trust, which can explain what egg donation involves and the current legal implications of becoming a donor. Their name will then be passed on to the clinic if they decide to carry on the process.
Pip Morris, from the National Gamete Donation Trust, said: "It's a very simple idea and yet it is the simple things that work - couples have found donors in this way."
Mrs Harris, who works as a purchaser for a local factory, said: "I never thought for one minute that I wouldn't be able to have any children. My sisters and husband's family all have children so you spend time asking, why me?
"I thought I was the only one who had this problem, but I'm not - there are a lot of people in the same position as me."