Egg Donation

Egg donation may be appropriate for women with no egg production due to either an inherited problem, surgery, chemotherapy or early menopause or lack of sufficient ovarian function due to various reasons. It is a treatment option with high pregnancy success rates.

Egg donation is performed by fertilizing the egg cells obtained from a donor via IVF method with the sperm obtained from the husband of the recipient woman, and transferring the embryo to the recipient woman’s uterus. The application is the same as in vitro fertilization treatment. The only difference is that the eggs are obtained from a donor. Although you have used eggs from the donor, you will be the legal parents of your baby. No difference has been observed between women who became pregnant with donor eggs, who have experienced the whole pregnancy process, the birth and post-birth process and all the hormonal changes, and women that became pregnant with their own eggs in terms of maternal instinct occurred and the bond formed between the baby and mother.

In egg donation, even if you use the eggs of a donor, half of the baby’s genes come from your spouse; Also you will be the legal parents of your baby. Pregnancy, birth and post-birth process will give you the opportunity to establish a strong bond between you and your baby.

WHO IS EGG DONATION FOR?

It is for;
Egg Donation is suitable for any woman who for medical reasons cannot achieve pregnancy with their own eggs. Such reasons include genetic diseases, early menopause, damaged or lost egg cells as a result of cancer treatment, removal of one or both ovaries or even a decreased ovarian reserve at an early age.
Screening Tests for egg donation patients;
In order to prepare our patients for egg donation treatment a number of hormone tests must first be performed, these include thyroid, prolactin, jaundice and if necessary a rubella test. An HSG (hysterosalpingography) can also be requested in order to learn about the tubes and the intra – uterine of the mother-to- be. For the men a semen analysis is required to ensure that they too are healthy. Should a problem be detected then we will recommend the appropriate treatment before continuing with the egg donation process.
Process;
The menstrual cycles of the recipient and the donor are synchronized. The birth control pill or similar hormone containing drugs can be administered for this. As soon as the donor starts egg maturation treatment, the recipient is also started using increasing doses of oestrogen for a period of 12-14 days. Oestrogen provides the thickening of the intrauterine layer for the implantation of the embryos to be transferred to the uterus. In addition, it is appropriate for the recipient to use folic acid and low-dose aspirin (75 or 100 mg). The spouse of the recipient gives the sperm sample on the day that the eggs of the donor are collected, and the in vitro fertilization procedure is then started. Embryo transfer takes place 3 or 5 days later. 12 days after the transfer a pregnancy test with either blood (beta hCG) or urine will give a result of the treatment.


HOW DO WE CHOOSE OUR DONORS?

Another of the most important features that differentiates us is. Thanks to being the first centre in Cyprus and 20-years of history, we have the most powerful donor pool in terms of diversity and number


OUR SELECTION PROCESS

We apply the following processes imposed by the international quality standards when selecting our donors.
General selection and evaluation
In egg donation treatment, the candidates that will make egg donation (donor) are first evaluated in terms of ensuring high pregnancy success in the treatment. The second stage is passed due to the provision of the criteria such as the lack of any general health problems / complaint / bad habits, the presence of a balanced spiritual nature, being able to comply with the instructions given to her during treatment.
Medical examination and evaluation
At British Cyprus IVF Hospital the reproductive health of our potential egg donors is of great importance, therefore we carry out rigorous testing to ensure that there are no issues such cysts, uterine fibroids, or polyps that may adversely hinder the treatment process. They are also tested for general systemic disorders.
Examination in terms of sexually transmitted infectious diseases and serological examination
As stated in international practice guidelines as well as guidelines from our Ministry of Health all potential egg donors are tested for blood borne or sexually transmitted diseases. These tests are carried out within our centre before the donor is accepted by us.
Genetic examination (routine examination / advanced examinations)
At this stage our potential egg donors are subject to general routine tests such as Karytope analysis, Cystic Fibrosis, Thalassemia etc. It is with these tests that we can check for any defects in chromosomes or genes that may be transferred to the baby. If you wish for your donor to have an extensive screening of over 230 genetic diseases then this can be performed through the RECOMBINE blood test at our clinic.
Evaluation according to the physical / mental / educational etc. features
A candidate that successfully passed the examinations and tests stated above, and evaluated as suitable for the treatment is questioned in detail at this stage and evaluated in terms of certain physical (height, weight, hair colour, eye colour, body type, sporting activities, etc.), mental (active, outward oriented, curious, excited, positive, hobbies, etc.), educational status (college / graduate education completed, etc.) and similar criteria. Each of the parameters in question at this stage is listed so that it can be screened in accordance with the recipient’s request.
Special requests (if any) specified by the recipient
* All egg donors are examined in detail and are evaluated for suitability by a psychologist. Our donors give a written statement that they donate their eggs, and are informed about the drugs they will use and the procedures that will be performed. The information of the donor and family is kept confidential in the egg donation procedure.


HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE MOST SUITABLE DONOR FOR YOU?

The matching process is one of the most important parts of donation treatment, here at British Cyprus IVF Hospital we are blessed to have over 23 years of experience. Our donor database enables us to input your information and find you the most suitable matches. Once we have found these matches we will send you our Donor Offer Form and you can select your preferred donor.

Blood group compatibility is important in the selection of appropriate donor for a couple. Other than that, thanks to our broad donor pool, (height, weight, eye colour, skin colour, facial type), educational status (college / graduate education completed, etc.), (active, outward oriented, curious, excited, positive) and even the hobbies of the donor can be determined in accordance with the couple’s request.