EmBIO Egg Recipient Programme provides a series of treatment opportunities for women who need donor eggs as part of a fertility treatment programme. We work with each patient to find the best solution and the best match of an egg donor.
2008-2014 Donor Egg IVF Success Rates (Pregnancy) at EmBIO
Clinical Pregnancy Rate
Who can benefit from Egg Donation?
In-vito fertilization (IVF) involves fertilization in the laboratory of a woman's eggs with her husband's/partner's sperm. The resulting embryos are placed in the womb 2-3 days later, and if they implant, may develop into pregnancy.
Unfortunately, some women are unable to provide their own eggs for IVF, the possible reasons being:
- The ovaries have never developed properly, e.g. Turners Syndrome
- Early menopause
- Chemotherapy or previous removal of the ovaries
- The woman is a carrier of a genetic disease such as muscular dystrophy or hemophilia
Women who fall into the above categories can have an opportunity to become pregnant by IVF using eggs from another woman (Egg Donor)
What does the donor IVF procedure involve?
Things you can do before coming to EmBIO Athens as an egg donor recipient
You can start your egg donor ivf treatment even from your hometown:
Initial consultation with your assigned EmBIO IVF fertility specialist: Before joining one of our egg donation programmes, you will need to have an initial consultation, during which the doctor will take a full medical history and may perform a physical examination. If you choose to start from home, you can send us the results of the physical examination performed by your gynaecologist.
Completing the Donor Characteristics Form: Your IVF coordinator at EmBIO will help you complete the Donor Characteristics Form, in which you will be able to identify the characteristics you require from your egg donor. At this point we will need a photograph of yourself.
Implication counselling: this is partly to explore the potential social and emotional issues that may arise as a result of non-genetic parenthood, also to provide an opportunity to consider the rights and the needs of any child conceived through donated gametes. You will be able to share your thoughts and feelings on these subjects with our qualified councellor, either at EmBIO or via email or phone.
Screening blood tests for egg donation recipients: the tests required are dependent on which programme you join. However, the screens for all programmes will include Rubella, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis. Screening blood tests for male partners include HIV, Hepatitis B and C.
Ultrasound scan: this is necessary to check the pelvic organs.
Drug Regimen: this will be explained in full by a member of EmBIO's Egg Donation Team.
Appropriate consent forms must be completed prior to the start of a donor ivf cycle or a tandem ivf cycle.
Pre-treatment arrangements: A programme co-ordinator will book the relevant appointments for the rest of your treatment.
Matching to an egg donor: A programme co-ordinator will take all the donor characteristics you have identified into consideration and will offer you an appropriate match. You will be advised of the donor's characteristics and we will wait for your approval before proceeding with the treatment.
Start treatment: The objective of this stage of the treatment is to prepare your uterus to receive the embryos selected for embryo transfer. If you cannot plan your trip to Athens, Greece for this step, you can start the treatment with your gynecologist/obstetrician, according to our IVF specialist's instructions.
Fertilisation: This involves the fertilisation of the donor's eggs or your own eggs (tandem ivf) with your partner's semen sample or donor sperm. Following fertilisation, you will be informed of the number of embryos created.
Your presence at EmBIO, Athens will be definitely required for:
Semen analysis: Your partner will be asked to produce a semen sample for analysis. He may present himself at EmBIO 2-3 days before the embryo transfer or any day before that, as we can freeze sperm. Three days sexual abstinence is required prior to producing the sample.
Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): ICSI is routinely advised when donor eggs are used. This will be discussed with you at the initial consultation and following a review of your partner's semen sample. There may be an additional charge for ICSI dependent on which programme you choose. Please see our Price List.
Embryo transfer:Your embryos will be placed in your uterus. This procedure takes about 15 minutes and, while it may involve minor discomfort, you will be able to leave and continue with normal daily activities after a short rest (normally, 1 hour). After advising you on the number of embryos that have formed, and on their quality, the embryologists and medical staff will recommend the number of embryos they feel should be replaced (HFEA recommendations are for a maximum of two embryos to be transferred). We feel it is essential that both partners attend, for this very important discussion. In the case of blastocyst transfer, a maximum of two blastocysts will be transferred.
How can I be sure of the quality of the donated eggs I will be using?
Potential donors have to meet the following criteria as an initial condition for their acceptance:
- Less than 35 years old
- No personal history or family history of genetic or familial illness
- BMI of less then 32
- FSH level not more than 8
- Two ovaries
All potential donors then go through a series of investigations to make sure that there is nothing that might prevent them from being a qualified donor.
Each donor has a meeting with a fertility specialist and with a counsellor to review their medical and familial history in detail. They also have to pass the following screening tests:
- Cystic Fibrosis Gene
- Hepatitis B
- Normal chromosome analysis
- Thalassaemia (if applicable)
- Hepatitis C
Will the egg donation be anonymous?
Yes, always in accordance with Greek regulation.
IVF with Donor Eggs
Individually, you may have a slightly greater or lower chance of getting pregnant depending on your individual circumstances. The rate of miscarriage is not increased with IVF. On some occasions, the egg donor may respond exceptionally well to the treatment and a larger number of eggs may be available. Some of the remaining good quality embryos (after embryo transfer) may be frozen for future use if they are of sufficient good quality. You will be asked at the commencement of your treatment whether you would be interested in having any excess embryos frozen in such circumstances.
Difficulties might arise at any stage during the treatment of the egg donor, occasionally leading to cancellation of the donor’s cycle. In such case, you can always use the next available donor among the ones fitting your desired profile. There is no waiting list for EmBIO's Donor IVF program.
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