Embryo donation is an IVF method that is used when after trying to conceive for one year both partners have been diagnosed with infertility issues. In this instance a couple may considering using a fertility hospital in order to conceive.
What to consider when selecting a hospital
If you are looking to have embryo donation then two important things to consider are the selecting of the egg donor and the selection of the sperm donor, as well as the quality of the eggs and sperm. Equally as important is the experience of the hospital and its personnel, is the technology sufficient and up-to-date? Will your procedure be performed by a specialised physician? Ease of accommodation and transportation should also be taken into consideration. Additionally patient confidentiality is highly important, and should definitely be taken into consideration.
What is an Embryo?
A fertilised egg is obtained when the sperm and egg cells join together, this is also known as the zygote period. This cell is formed by 2 different cell nucleuses and two structures that have different chromosomal features. When the two cells sync with each other mitotic division starts. When the zygote, is divided in mitotic way and the number of cells increase an embryo is formed. Division and increase in the number of cells should be continuous.
On the 5th or 6th day of the division the embryo enters blastocyst stage. 2 days after reaching this stage embryo transfer can be performed. The first 8 weeks after transfer is known as the embryonic period and the first 6 weeks is single celled period. After the 6th week cells start to divide. On the 10th week of the pregnancy embryonic period ends and the fetal period begins.
What is embryo donation? Who is it suitable for?
If following fertility testing it becomes evident that both partners are not able to produce then embryo donation treatment should be considered. Embryo donation is the combining of egg and sperm that are obtained from donors. The embryos are generated and transfered to the mother – to- be when her uterus is suitably prepared.
Like all of our treatments embryo donation is treated in the strictest of confidence and we realise the importance of patient privacy. In view of this all of our donors are anonymous and there is no form of contact between the donor and patient. The patients are the legal parents of the child and therefore any legal issues are eliminated.
What are the steps of Embryo Donation?
The embryo donation procedure starts when the couple feel ready. Both partners must have a detailed fertility check to ensure that embryo donation is the most appropriate treatment. Once it is confirmed that the couples cannot produce then the embryo donation process can commence.
The first step is to have a telephone consultation with one of our doctors, during this consultation they will assess your suitability and learn your background and medical history. They will advise you of any additional testing to be carried out.
Following on from this you will then be able to select your egg donor and be able to learn the weight, eye, hair and skin colours, facial type, education status and hobbies of your donor. All donors remain 100% anonymous. In addition to this it is also possible to select the profession, special abilities and hobbies of the donor.
When generating suitable matches we also take into account the physical similarities of the couple as well as their ethnic background.
Once the selection is completed we then try to synchronise the menstrual cycle of both the donor and the mother-to-be. Both the donor and the mother – to – be will follow personalised treatment protocols. If synchronisation is not required then we can prepare the mother-to – be for transfer as soon as she feels ready. On the day of the donor’s egg collection the chosen sperm is selected and then used to inseminate the egg.
Once the embryos is ready, transfer can then take place, this is carried out with the help of an ultrasound. This procedure is painless therefore it does not require anesthesia.. On the 12th day post-transfer, the Beta HCG level is checked to understand whether pregnancy has occurred or not.
What is the Success Rate of Embryo Donation?
At our hospital, our success rate is above European standards. The reason behind this is having young, healthy, well balanced donors coupled with specialised staff and state-of-art technological equipment.
At British Cyprus IVF Hospital patient confidentiality is highly important to us. Our donors and patients never meet. We also have the largest donor pool in North Cyprus so it is possible to select your donor using a wide range of criteria. Our sperm donors all come from certificated european sperm banks.
Cyprus also benefits from affordable accomodation and transport, as well as a good rate of exchange.
Should you have any questions regarding Embryo Donation treatment please feel free to contact us on +90 548 859 90 00