Egg donation is a procedure that presupposes the use of donor eggs for further fertilization and implantation into the uterus of a woman who wishes to become a mother. In order to obtain an embryo, donor eggs are fertilized with the sperm of the patient's partner. For women who are not able to find the joy of motherhood in any other way, donor eggs are an excellent opportunity to experience the miracle of childbirth on their own.
When does the necessary for egg donation arise?
The egg donation procedure is recommended for female infertility:
- when the ovaries produce eggs of poor quality or do not produce them at all;
- in case of premature onset of menopause in women;
- in case of genetic diseases;
- if there are several unsuccessful IVF procedures in the patient's history with low quality of the obtained embryos;
- the age of a woman wishing to become a mother is over 40 years old.
In such cases, embryos obtained through the fertilization of donor eggs are transferred to the patient. For this purpose, both the sperm of the patient's partner and donor material can be used.
This artificial fertilization procedure is considered to be one of the most effective.
How does the egg donation program work?
To obtain eggs, the donor woman must undergo a course of ovarian stimulation. The female recipient, in turn, undergoes an endometrial preparation procedure for a successful embryo transfer.
One of the most important and crucial stages in the IVF procedure with donor eggs is the choice of a woman who will become a donor. Every woman who wants to become a donor must undergo a complete health examination.
Main criteria for women donors:
- age from 20 to 30 years;
- no bad habits;
- having their own healthy children.
Women who meet these criteria get an "admission" to the second stage of donor selection - a thorough examination of the body. In particular, it is mandatory to check for syphilis, hepatitis C and B, STIs, HIV infection. The hormonal status of the woman is also checked. The suitability for donation is also evidenced by the conclusions made by a psychologist, geneticist and general practitioner.
Yuzko Medical Center cares about the anonymity of patients. A childless couple in need of donor eggs will in no way interact with the donor. And the donor woman, in turn, will not be able to find out who exactly her eggs are intended for. The only exception can be considered in those cases when relatives or acquaintances of the couple who have agreed to the assistance of in vitro fertilization program become egg donors.
Highly qualified doctors at Yuzko Medical Center understand how important it is for a married couple to receive an egg from a donor that looks like the mother of a future child. That is why there is a careful selection of candidate donors with similar phenotypic traits.
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Synchronization of menstrual cycles of the donor and recipient
The next important step in the egg donation procedure is the synchronization of menstrual cycles of the donor and recipient.
At this stage, the main task for doctors is to achieve the required level of endometrial maturity in a woman to whom embryos will be transferred. The success of the implantation procedure depends on degree of readiness of the endometrium. Our center offers a special scheme of hormonal drugs that promote endometrial maturation.
At each stage of treatment, doctors monitor the hormones level in the woman's blood, and also monitor the state of the endometrium and ovaries using ultrasound.
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Donor stimulation and egg collection
Egg donor stimulation
At the next stage the ovaries of the donor woman are stimulated. For one ovulation, you need to get not only one egg, as in most cases, but several at a time. For this purpose, drug therapy is used to promote hyperovulation. As a result, we get several healthy eggs, which are then ready for fertilization. The donor is under regular ultrasound monitoring, while a permanent hospital stay is not required.
Puncture of the donor's ovaries and egg collection
After the follicles reach the desired size, they are considered ready for fertilization. At this stage a puncture is performed - the follicles are punctured with a special needle and the contents are sucked off to obtain eggs.
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Fertilization of eggs with the sperm of the partner or donor
The sperm must also go through a series of preparatory procedures. It is essential that sperm samples are obtained on the same day as the donor eggs. A man must abstain from sexual relations for several days before the procedure.
The sperm is checked for the quality of the components under laboratory conditions, and the most suitable sperm will be used to fertilize donor eggs. Our patients have the opportunity to order sperm cryopreservation and use it after a woman donor has been found and prepared. If necessary, we also have cryopreserved sperm from verified donors.
To connect the eggs and sperm, the method of in vitro fertilization is used or the sperm is injected into the oocyte using microinjection.
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Cultivation of embryos and their transfer into the recipient's uterine cavity
If the fertilization procedure is successful, the resulting embryos will remain under the supervision of doctors in the laboratory for some time, and then the most important stage is expected - transfer into the recipient's uterus. In this case embryos with the best characteristics are selected. When it is better to carry out the transfer and how many embryos to use, the doctor decides individually, since the peculiarities of the couple's medical history are always taken into account.
Recipient luteal phase support
Having a positive pregnancy test, the recipient must undergo a course of extradiol and progesterone. These drugs should be taken up to 12-14 weeks to maintain pregnancy. At the end of the trearment course, the woman's body begins to produce the required amount of hormones itself.
Efficiency of the oocyte donation method
For some couples, oocyte donation is the only effective way to conceive and carry a long-awaited child. Donor eggs in practice show excellent results against infertility. Couples who have entered the IVF program using donor oocytes often experience some doubts, but all anxiety disappears when it comes to the understanding that a new life has arisen inside you. Since oocyte donors are young healthy women under the age of 35, IVF programs with donor oocytes are much more effective than classical IVF. Yuzko Medical Center offers reasonable prices for the egg donation service, so all couples who are tired of endless unsuccessful attempts to become parents can apply here.
Yuzko Medical Center is a leader in infertility treatment that uses innovative ART methods. When compared with other infertility treatment programs, donor eggs are the most effective method up to 75% effective. First of all, the high percentage of efficiency is explained by the fact that eggs from healthy donors with excellent implantation potential are used.
The woman gets the most valuable thing – 9 months of pregnancy and independent childbirth. The feeling of a small life inside you in most cases pays for the fact that the mother's genes are missing in the baby. The long-awaited child is perceived by all family members as the most beloved and dear one.
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Egg donation program prices
- loupeDonor programs
Service name Price, EUR ET (embryo transfer) 500 Frozen embryo transfer 800 Embryo donation program 2870 Oocyte donation program (including anonymous donor, medical care, ICSI, cryopreservation of sperm and embryos, frozen embryo transfer) 4900
Frequently asked Questions
What is the essence of the egg donation procedure (egg donation)? Who should pay attention to this service and what reproductive problems will it help to solve? How to choose the right woman among egg donors and what are the guarantees that the couple will eventually get a healthy child?
These are the most popular questions about egg donation and the answers can be found in this section.
- loupeWhat is egg donation?
For many women the diagnosis of “infertility” has been a terrible sentence for many decades. But now medicine is using innovative reproductive technologies that make it possible give birth to a child. Women who have been diagnosed with infertility can find the happiness of motherhood by taking advantage of services such as egg donation.
When performing an IVF procedure, doctors often face the fact that it is impossible to get an egg from a woman who wants to have a baby. In this case, donor eggs are used to obtain embryos.
After hormone therapy that stimulate hyperovulation, the donor woman will undergo an ovarian puncture procedure - with help of a needle, healthy, ready for fertilization with sperm in a test tube, eggs are selected. Then doctors select a healthy embryo, which is transferred into the uterus of a woman who wants to become a mother.
- loupeWho is the «Egg Donation» procedure indicated for?
Quite often situations arise when a woman's body, for some reason, cannot produce healthy eggs. In this case donor eggs are a unique opportunity to carry and give birth to a child on their own. Women who have an early menopause, have been diagnosed with premature ovarian failure or have no ovaries can benefit from egg donation.
Often women have dangerous genetic diseases that can be transmitted to the child, and in such cases it is also reasonable to use donor material for fertilization. Among the dangerous diseases are Duchenne muscular dystrophy, endocrine and oncological diseases, X-linked ichthyosis and much more. A donor egg from a healthy woman allows to give birth to a child without any risks.
In the modern world rhythm, women have to give their young years to building a career, and when the desire to become a mother already arises, it turns out that the reproductive system can no longer produce high-quality healthy eggs.
It used to be normal to give birth to children at a young age - up to 35-40 years old, when the ovaries perfectly perform their reproductive function. But now many women are ready for motherhood at the age of 40. To eliminate the unfair discrepancy, the “Egg Donation” service is used, and now even women over 50 years old can bear and give birth to a long-awaited child.
Modern reproductive technologies make it possible to "program" the health of a child conceived in a test tube in advance. Our patients can order pre-implantation diagnostics, which consists of checking the DNA of the embryo before implantation into the uterus of the future mother. Thus, you can take care of your baby's health in advance!
IVF also allows you to choose the gender of your baby. Have you dreamed of a football boy for a long time? Or would you rather become the parents of a beautiful princess? Fertility specialists can listen to your dreams and select the embryo of the desired sex.
"Egg donation" is available to both married couples and single women who have decided to give birth to a child on their own.
- loupeIVF with egg donation: what is the essence of the procedure?
The IVF procedure using donor eggs includes several stages, which we will discuss below.
First, it is necessary to correct the hormonal levels of the donor woman and the future mother. Hormonal cycles must be synchronized, and drug therapy is used for this purpose.
The donor woman must take drugs that cause multiple eggs to appear at a time. After their maturation, ovarian puncture is performed to collect mature oocytes.
Fertilization of eggs is carried out using a special reproductive technology ICSI. This procedure is considered the most effective method, as it allows you to manually insert the sperm into the egg, which significantly increases the chances of a successful embryo formation.
For fertilization, it is possible to use the sperm of the future mother’s partner, or choose a suitable sperm donor.
If fertilization is successful, the embryos are placed into an artificial environment that imitates the space in the woman's uterus.
After 5-6 days of observation, healthy high-quality embryos are selected for transfer to the uterus of the future mother.
For the onset and maintenance of pregnancy, the expectant mother must undergo a course of special hormonal support.
- loupeHow did egg donation appear? A bit of history
Egg donation is rightfully considered a breakthrough in reproductive technology, because due to this procedure, a great number of women around the world were able to experience the joy of motherhood.
In 1983, the first child was born in Australia, who was conceived using IVF with donor eggs. A little later, in 1984, after the same procedure, an absolutely healthy child was also born in the USA.
This event became sensational, as the new technology gave hope to many families who were unable to give birth to a child due to female infertility or because of the high risk of transmitting a serious genetic disease to the baby. Egg donation gave women the most valuable thing - the opportunity to become mothers!
Together with egg donation, another highly effective reproductive procedure comes to help desperate women - surrogacy. The embryo obtained "in test tube" is placed into the uterus of a woman who has agreed to become a surrogate mother. As soon as the baby is born, it is given to the couple for whom the gestation was intended.
Those women who dared to provide their eggs or agreed to carry and give birth to a child for other couples who dream of becoming parents deserve admiration too.
Unfortunately, the innovative reproductive technologies are not going so smoothly and successfully in all countries. The superstitious attitude towards these methods makes life difficult for couples who dream of having a baby.
Countries where egg donation is prohibited are Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There are also a number of countries that have many legal nuances of using genetic material for IVF. For example, in Australia and the Netherlands, parents will have to tell their child about the egg donor if he asks about it. In the UK, an egg donor receives a very modest financial reward. This leads to the fact that donor eggs are difficult to obtain, and couples have to stay in wait list for many years. The most favorable place for the use of donor eggs is the USA, where today this reproductive technology has given a chance for 18% of children conceived with IVF to be born.
In Ukraine all conditions have been created for the use of egg donation as an official means for effective treatment of infertility.
- loupeLegal aspects of the technology «Donation of eggs» in Ukraine
Ukrainian legislation has detailed regulations that include legal and medical standards for the use of donor eggs. The main task of the law in matters related to this reproductive service is to guarantee the protection of the interests of both the donor woman and the couple who need eggs.
The peculiarities of using the medical service for egg donation are regulated by Article 48 of the Fundamentals of Ukrainian Legislation on Public Health, as well as Article 123 of the Family Code of Ukraine.
From September 9, 2013, the order of the Ministry of Public Health No. 787 is in force, which considers all the legal subtleties of the use of donor eggs. This document is called the Instruction on the procedure for using assisted reproductive technologies.
A woman who has expressed a wish to provide her egg must sign an official contract with the clinic that provides reproductive services. The document states that the donation of genetic material is completely voluntary.
If the donor woman has a husband, his formal consent will be required.
Egg donors cannot have parental rights, and this clause is detailed in legal documents.
- loupeIs egg donation dangerous for a donor woman?
There is an opinion that egg donation damages the health of the donor woman and that negative consequences await her in the form of hormonal imbalance, mucosal damage and even cancer. The most dangerous stage of the egg donation procedure is hormonal stimulation.
Before oocyte collection, the donor actually takes special hormonal therapy for several weeks. Is this hormonal stimulation a risk? In fact, the health status of a donor woman depends directly on the clinic in which the genetic material is collected and on the methods used there.
Yuzko Medical Center has many years of experience working with female donors, and offers individually created treatment programs that have the mildest health effects.
Our clinic works for the result, and we do not limit the number of possible IVFs. The procedure can be repeated until pregnancy occurs. It is to our benefit to carry out all procedures in the most gentle way, so that this does not in any way affect the woman's health.
At Yuzko Medical Center, we strive to build mutually beneficial and lasting relationships with egg donors, and it is in our best interest to take care of their health.
- loupeEgg donation: how to choose a donor?
For a couple who have entered the IVF protocol with egg donation, choosing a donor is one of the most exciting and crucial moments. Naturally, many people want the donor woman to have resemblances to the future mother of the child. In our clinic it is quite possible!
Reproductologists who provide the "Egg Donation" service offer their patients information about the donor. Thus, you can find out the weight, height, color of eyes and hair of a woman, her blood type, nationality and even profession and hobbies.
It is very difficult to get into the donor database of our clinic, because we carefully select applicants.
At Yuzko Medical Center all potential donors undergo a full medical examination. Our doctors must make sure that there are no genetic diseases and test applicants for smoking and drugs in their blood. We have a very large base of healthy donors, among which you can find a beautiful woman with the desired characteristics. The choice of a donor is a responsible and exciting moment, therefore, if you wish, we can arrange a personal meeting with the applicant.
Together we will select the optimal egg donor for you, after which we will be able to fulfill your most cherished dream - to conceive and give birth to a child.
- loupeOocyte donation: what should you pay attention to when visiting the clinic?
Egg donation is a service that is quite common today, and it is not easy for desperate couples to choose one of the many reproductive clinics with donor bases. Indeed, how to choose a clinic with the highest quality range of services from the numerous offers? Is it possible to somehow determine where the best donor base is?
The Internet. Explore the history of a reproductive clinic using the internet. Online you can find out how long the clinic has been working and offering egg donation services, as well as what other services can be obtained at the requested medical institution.
Try to find as much information as possible about the clinic's doctors. It is important to find out as much as possible about the work experience of leading specialists, whether they have a scientific degree.
An important point is also the cooperation of the clinic with international medical institutions, the availability of scientific articles from leading doctors, holding and attending conferences.
Find out if this medical clinic has an egg donor database and how big it is.
Study the price list of the clinic, analyze how clearly the stages of the provision of medical services are written out.
Try to find out if the legal issues are well worked out. If the clinic has a license for the services offered.
Analyze and compare the clinic's pricing policy. The prices for reproductive services are quite high, and if you are offered egg donation and the price is much lower than the market price, it is better not to agree. There is a high risk of running into poor quality services, which will damage not only your pocket, but also your health.
The best reproductive centers have a good reputation, and it is necessary to choose from the best.
Pay special attention to reviews, but keep in mind that they are often customized. By turning on the logic, you can easily determine whether a real person wrote a review, or it was the intrigues of competitors.
If possible, talk to people who have previously contacted the clinic where you plan to order medical services.
It is better to give preference to centers that offer warranty packages to patients. Such clinics are distinguished by high success rates, and taking care of the health of IVF program participants will always come first.
Do not be afraid to ask all your questions, because in good clinics, employees are always ready to explain the nuances and details of the upcoming procedures. It is important that there is a relationship of trust between program participants and doctors.
- loupeWhy is Ukraine an attractive place for egg donation and other reproductive services?
Couples from all over the world are ready to go to Ukraine for donor eggs, and this decision can be easily explained by a number of justified reasons:
- Ukraine is located in the very heart of Europe, where most of the population has a European genotype and appearance, which is why it is not difficult to find a donor of the desired appearance here.
- Ukraine accepts for training a huge number of foreign students from India, China, Arab countries, Latin America. Therefore, the donor base consists not only of individuals of European appearance, but also to every taste and request.
- Ukrainian legislation is very tolerant to the study of embryos. Due to this, our doctors have the opportunity to create and apply in practice innovative reproductive techniques that help against infertility. In Ukrainian clinics, participants of IVF programs not only solve the problems of infertility, but also get a unique opportunity to carry out genetic diagnostics of the embryo before implantation and even choose the sex of the child at will.
- The population of Ukraine has a very high sanitary culture. Besides the fact that most Ukrainians are very clean, they also have good genetics. Due to its large population, Ukraine is not classified as a country with a high rate of closely related marriages.
- In Ukraine, there is tolerant legislation in matters related to egg donation and other reproductive techniques. Participants of IVF programs have the opportunity to choose a donor, and all legal aspects are fixed by the contract.
Compared with other countries, the prices for egg donation in Ukraine are lower, while the quality of medical services remains at a high level.
- loupeWhy is it worth to choose the «Egg Donation» service at Yuzko Medical Center
Yuzko Medical Center is one of the leaders in the field of reproductive medicine in Ukraine. The clinic uses innovative technologies and techniques to successfully fight infertility. One of the most effective services at Yuzko Medical Center is egg donation.
We have a large donor base at our disposal, and we can select for you a woman who has all the necessary characteristics. When you become a member of the IVF program with egg donation, a personal coordinator will select the ideal donor based on all your wishes.
At Yuzko Medical Center you can get high quality reproductive services at a reduced cost, thanks to an optimized financial control system. Packages with a guarantee are available and prices are lower than similar programs in other European countries.
Are you ready to take the confident step towards a happy parent life? Then contact Yuzko Medical Center and undergo a reproductive program that will give your family the miracle of having a baby!
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Yuzko Medical Center advantages
We take care of our patients, consistently showing the excellent efficiency of IVF procedures, thereby confirming the high level of professionalism of our specialists.
Our team is constantly working to improve the range of services offered, using only modern high-tech equipment and innovative treatment methods in our practice.
Our team consists of highly motivated bright personalities: highly qualified doctors, doctors and candidates of medical sciences. They follow the principles of ethical behavior and appreciate generally accepted human values above all.
IVF in Ukraine shows a high percentage of successful procedures, and taking into account this fact, prices can be considered more than reasonable. Our methods include the use of revolutionary technologies, high standards of services provided and quality medicines.
Friendly doctors with high empathy do everything to save patients from unnecessary worries. A comfortable atmosphere also affects the effectiveness of the planned procedures.
The team of our medical center offers every patient an individual approach, due to which the treatment program consists of procedures that are most effective for each specific case.