Egg Donation

EGG DONATION - OVERVIEW

Egg donation is the enablement of pregnancy with the use of the eggs obtained through egg donation in situations where pregnancy with own eggs is not possible.

Who can benefit from Egg Transplant?

  • Females with no ovaries
  • Females with ovaries who have a failure to produce eggs (situations such as premature menopause).
  • Females who are recommended to benefit from the egg donation due to ​genetic problems.
  • Females with damaged ovaries because of radiotherapy, chemotherapy due to reasons like cancer.
  • Older females who went through menopause.
Source of the donated Eggs

Known or Anonymous Donors can be chosen in the egg donation programs.

 

Known Donor

A female who wants to receive eggs from a known donor should find a donor at the age of 21-30, with no medical or genetic problems. In egg transplant screening tests that will be applied to the known donor for contagious diseases are the same for all the donors and they are standardized according to the guidelines of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and American Fertility Medical Association.

 

Anonymous Donor

In egg transplant when the donor is anonymous, identities of both the donor and the receiver are completely kept secret. Egg donation program starts firstly with the physical, psychological evaluations of the females who applied to the program. In the screening tests that are appropriate for ESHRE and ASRM criterion, it is detected that they have no medical, genetic problems and don’t have contagious diseases. The donors to be accepted for the egg donation program need to be between 21 and 30 years old and healthy in every aspect.

Informing the Receiver Couple

Information regarding the medical procedure of egg donation should be given and the questions of the couple participating in the program should be answered in a clear and correct way by their doctor. Prior to the procedure, signed approval of the couple should be received regarding the fact that they accept the procedure.

Follow-up of the Couples who have decided to carry out the Egg Donation

Following the examination and tests completed by your doctor, microinjection and embryo transfer phases will be commenced in the pre-determined period that your doctor will inform you about.

Physical characteristics of the egg donor such as skin colour, eye colour, hair colour and body structure are chosen in a way that they shall be similar to those of receiver couple as far as possible. Additionally, ethnic origin, blood group and other physical characteristics are matched similarly as far as possible.

Results of the Egg Donation

At the present time, excellent pregnancy rates are obtained thanks to egg donation; these rates are higher than the pregnancy rates obtained with the couples’ own eggs and sperms. The reason for this is thought to be the young age of the egg donor and producing higher quality eggs when compared to the infertile patients. In addition, endometrium of the receiver is not exposed to the hyperstimulation and can be more appropriate for the implantation. In this application, approximately 75% pregnancy rate can be achieved.

Stages of Egg Donation

Stage 1: Egg Donor Matching

The couple interested in egg transfer is matched with the most appropriate anonymous egg donor based on physical characteristics. This is performed by the clinic’s medical team.

Stage 2: Egg Donor Preparation

The egg donor goes through ovarian stimulation and is synchronized with the receiver’s cycle.

Stage 3: Recipient Preparation

The endometrium of the recipient is prepared for embryo implantation via medication.

Stage 4: Oocyte Pick-Up (OPU) from the Egg Donor

When the egg donor is ready for OPU, the egg retrieval is performed.

Stage 5: Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

The collected eggs are fertilized with sperm and the best embryos are transferred back to the recipient going through egg donation. Any excess embryos can be ​frozen​ ​for future use.

Stage 6: Pregnancy test

The recipient going through the treatment is tested for pregnancy usually 11 days after embryo transfer.

Egg Donation FAQ

We ask detailed physical characteristic information from our patients and request photos from their 20s as all our donors are in their 20s. If the patient has a specific donor request, we can cater for it. Our clinic offers remarkable donor matching due to our wide donor base.

Our egg donation program is completely anonymous and there is no wait list.

Our fertility clinic consistently achieves over 80% pregnancy rate for our egg donation patients for all age groups.

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