Egg Donation

To Whom Can Egg Donation Be Applied?

To Whom Can Egg Donation Be Applied?

  • 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?

Women

  • Hemogram (Blood count)
  • Blood type
  • TSH
  • FT4
  • HBsAg
  • AntiHIV
  • AntiHCV
  • VDRL
  • Uterus X-Ray (HSG)

Men

  • Sperm analysis
  • Blood type
  • HBsAg
  • AntiHIV
  • AntiHCV
  • VDRL

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.

Embryo Donation

What is Embryo Donation?

If a couple cannot conceive a baby and if it is confirmed that the man has no sperm and the woman has no egg or if the sperm and egg are unqualified to be used, then it is recommended the couple have an embryo donation. In this case, a sperm sample, which is selected by the couple, is supplied from the sperm bank. At the same time the eggs are collected from an appropriate female donor. Afterwards, these eggs and sperm are united using appropriate methods in our centre, providing an average of 10 embryos, some of which are transferred to the mother candidate. The remaining embryos are frozen and kept to be used whenever the family may require. With this method, it is ensured that the child who is to be born later is the sibling of the previous child.

The essential factor in embryo donation is the woman’s uterus must be healthy.

To Whom Can Embryo Donation Be Applied?

FOR WOMEN:

  • 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.

FOR MEN:

  • Patients that have azoospermia (absence of sperm) and inability to obtain sperm through microTESE or TESE
  • Patients who have had poor results in IVF treatment due to low sperm quality
  • Patients who carry a genetic disease that makes it impossible to work on embryos
  • Patients who have a viral disease which cannot be removed from the semen
  • In cases when a serious chromosomal abnormality is detected in the sperm
  • In cases when the man is Rh+ and an isoimmunisation is detected in the women’s previous pregnancy because of this.

Sperm Donation

What is Sperm Donation?

Sperm donation is the utilization of another man’s sperms for the process of egg fertilization. Another man’s sperms can be used in cases when no sperm is available, when there is insufficient sperm being produced or in cases when the utilization of the sperm is objectionable due to diseases. In addition, sperm donation is a procedure that can be applied to single women.

For which patients is Sperm Donation recommended?

  • Patients that have azoospermia (absence of sperm) and inability to obtain sperm through microTESE or TESE
  • Patients who have had poor results in IVF treatment due to low sperm quality
  • Patients who carry a genetic disease that makes it impossible to work on embryos
  • Patients who have a viral disease which cannot be removed from the semen
  • In cases when a serious chromosomal abnormality is detected in the sperm
  • In cases when the man is Rh+ and an isoimmunisation is detected in the women’s previous pregnancy because of this.
  • Single women

How are individuals chosen for sperm donation?

Sperm donors are chosen from a sperm bank. Each donor has a certificate for disease screening. The donor is chosen in accordance to the physical characteristics and blood type of the recipient.

Detailed research is carried out to detect chromosome analysis (karyotype), thalassemia, cystic fibrosis and infectious diseases (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis, CMV). There is also additional information provided regarding the sperm donor such as his profession, a photograph from his childhood and a sample of his handwriting.

What is the success rate of sperm donation?

The main factors that affect the success rate of sperm donation are the woman’s age, the number of the eggs and the quality of the eggs. Due to the high quality of the sperm, the main determinant in a successful pregnancy is the characteristics of the recipient woman.