Egg donation (egg transplant) is a procedure used for patients who cannot become pregnant with their own eggs, but who have a healthy uterus. An egg donor’s eggs are used in this treatment.
- Menopause patients
- Patients in transition to menopause
- Patients over 43 years old
- Patients with recurrent IVF failure
- Patients whose eggs are detected to be of low quality in their previous IVF attempts
- Cases when an egg can’t be retrieved in an IVF attempt
- Oophorectomy cases
- Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Patients who carry a genetic or chromosomal disease are candidates for egg donation and with this treatment they can have their babies that they have been dreaming about for years.
Which tests are required before the procedure?
- Hemogram (Blood count)
- Blood type
- Uterus X-Ray (HSG)
- Sperm analysis
- Blood type
Egg Donor Selection Criteria
The suggestions of infertility associations in Europe and America (ESHRE and ACOG) are taken as a basis.
Age is an important criteria in donor selection. The recommended age range for egg donors is 21 to 35, but due to the success oriented work in our centre we accept donors aged only between 21 and 30 because we believe that the egg quality is higher in these age groups.
Routine tests are checked for infectious diseases (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and syphilis) blood type and Rh.
Necessary genetic tests (Chromosome analysis, thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia and cystic fibrosis when needed) and psychiatric tests are applied and the donor’s own health and family back-ground should be examined in detail.
Donors should have a normal reproductive system and a proof of previous pregnancy.
It’s important that donor blood type and physical characteristics are compatible with the recipient. Therefore we ask our patients about their physical characteristics. We are very sensitive about having similar characteristics with our donors. Hair colour, eye colour and skin colour are important features, but the patient can specify any other characteristics when choosing a donor.
The recipient’s and the donor’s identities are kept confidential in our centre. The identities of the donor and the recipient are never shared due to the law in Cyprus. Confidentiality policy is taken as a basis in this matter.
There’s no donor waiting list in these procedures. In other words when we start our treatment the donor will also start the treatment. The treatments will be carried out collaterally in this way.
Only fresh eggs are used in donation procedures in our centre.
Frozen eggs are not used.
Our centre has the best and the most widespread donor network and database in Cyprus. It provides the highest quality donor eggs by means of its experienced team. It should not be forgotten that a high quality donor egg will also increase your chances of success.
One donor is used for each recipient couple in our clinic. We don’t share eggs in our clinic. By this means more eggs are used for each recipient enabling them to have more and better quality embryos. The chance of success for the couple increases in this manner and after the transfer they might still have some embryos to freeze.
Having embryos to freeze is important for our patients. These embryos will be used in case something goes wrong during pregnancy (miscarriage or premature birth) or they can be kept (maximum 5 years) until they want another child.
The success rate of egg donation treatment is around 60% -70% in the world.
Our success rates vary be-tween 78-85% in our centre due to using fresh, high quality and larger number of eggs in top level laboratory conditions.