About Embryo Donation

WHO IS EMBRYO DONATION SUITABLE FOR?

Couples who cannot produce viable sperm and oocytes; Couples with genetic disorders; Couples who after repeated attempts have been unable to develop a good quality embryo with their own sperm and egg; Couples who have experienced repeated unsuccessful IVF treatment.


HOW IS EMBRYO DONATION PERFORMED?

The evaluation of the mother to be, in terms of both obstetrics and general health status is performed in detail as she is the main focus with treatment. Blood values and hormone levels are examined, in necessary cases, a medicated uterus film (Hysterosalpingography – HSG) should be checked in order to make sure the uterus is viable for pregnancy.

Preparation of treatment begins on day 2 or 3 of the menstrual cycle, (if menopausal then can directly begin). Preparation entails a series of vitamins to be taken i.e. Omega fish oil, Pre natal vitamins (containing folic acid) and Oestrogen tablets. Oestrogen tablets are taken so the endometrial lining (womb lining) is encouraged to thicken. The tablets are taken continuously over a 14 day period and after a series of trans-vaginal ultrasounds to ensure the endometrium is suitable, progesterone pessaries are introduced and the transfer takes place either 3-5days. In total there is a 3 week wait for the transfer of the embryo(s).


HOW DO WE CHOOSE OUR DONORS?

When selecting donors we ensure that they are psychologically sound as well as healthy and suitable for donation and of a young age. We find that the most important stage of donation treatment is the selection process of choosing the right donor. We are aware of the sensitivity surrounding this matter and how important it is to our patients.

Donor selection in our centre is evaluated in accordance to the guidelines issued by internationally respected reproductive medicine associations ESHRE and ASRM and many more.

We are one of few centres that also genetically evaluate our donors to see if they are carriers of any genetic diseases they may be unaware of. Today, we can perform the screening of over 230 genetic diseases of our donors via Recombine testing, which is only performed in our centre in Cyprus. Many IVF and donation centres serving in the region declare that they perform genetic screening tests (thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, etc.), which are recommended to be performed within the framework of common European standards in terms of common genetic diseases. Although these tests are expressed as genetic screening tests, they are blood tests rather than an examination in the gene level. Thus, they are not the test that can give a clear answer to the questions, which are the most commonly asked by treated couples;

“How safe are the eggs I received? Can an unknown genetic disease pass from the donor to our child? How good are egg donors examined for possible genetic diseases?”

Another of the most important features that differentiates us is. Thanks to being the first centre in Cyprus and over 20-years of experience, we have the most powerful donor pool in terms of diversity and number, in which you can choose the features such as physical characteristics, psychological characteristics, educational level and ethnicity as you wish.

Our donors are subject to strict testing for both mental health and physical health, once we are happy with the results they can then be added to our database.


OUR DONOR SELECTION PROCESS

We perform the following processes imposed by international quality standards when choosing 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. At this stage, it is essential that the age of the candidate is in the range of 25-35 years. 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
Donor candidates are questioned and undergo the necessary examination that meets the general criteria, the examination consists of a trans-vaginal scan that is able to check the ovaries as well as for any cysts, polyps, uterine fibroids etc.
Examination in terms of sexually transmitted infectious diseases and serological examination are carried out as well.
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 of the donor according to the physical/mental/education etc. features
A candidate that successfully passed the blood, genetic and physical examinations stated above, are then evaluated and questioned in detail, at this stage they are evaluated in terms of certain physical characteristics (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.) etc. Each of the parameters in question at this stage is listed so that it can be screened in accordance with the recipient’s request and can choose a suitable donor for her.
Special requests (if any) specified by the recipient
In some special cases, the recipient may have specific requests other than the general selection criteria mentioned above (a certain place of birth, body features, special artistic talent, etc.). Although we have a large selection of donors, recipients’ have to understand that matching a donor to their specific needs can take longer than the normal selection process.


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.