Our Ovum Donation program has been running since 1990.
Our Ovum Donation program has been running since 1990. The potential recipient has the choice of proposing their own anonymous donor or Pedieos IVF Center may find one for their approval on an anonymous basis and with a maximum waiting period of three months. Ovum donation can be done by sharing eggs of a women undergoing IVF treatment or receiving the donated eggs from an approved donor.
Which women are candidates for the Ovum Donation program?
- Primary ovarian failure
- Premature menopause
- Ovarian damage following surgery, radiation or chemotherapy
- An inheritable genetic disorder
- Repeated failure to respond to ovarian stimulation in an IVF program
Donors are categorized into two groups, Regular & Elite. Due to recent trend and repeated special requests, we have created two groups of donors to choose from in order to suit everybody’s needs. The difference between the two categories is extra genetic tests made on the donor, as well as more in-depth information about their profile.
Group I – Regular Egg Donors:
The Regular donor is routinely tested for:
- Sexually transmitted Diseases (STDs): HIV 1&2, Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), Hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc IgM), Hepatitis C (HCV), Syphilis (VDRL), Cytomegalovirus antibody (CMV IgM)
- Genetic conditions: Thalassemia trait (Hb Electrophoresis)
- Hormone profile: Follicle-stimulation hormone (FSH), Estradiol (E2), Luteinizing hormone (LH), AMH
- General checkup: Physical and hematological
During an interview process, the potential candidate for a donation is asked a series of questions regarding:
- Immediate family history (parents, siblings)
- Own medical history (including allergies, medications)
- Gynecological history (including previous donations and pregnancies)
- Alcohol consumption, use of illegal substances and smoking
- Education, work, hobbies
Group II – Elite Egg Donors:
The clinical profile of the donors includes significantly more information on their family background, their own personal details, somatic and physiological in the past and present.
The elite donors are tested like the regular one but additionally for the following genetic tests:
- Karyotype (chromosome analysis)
- Cystic Fibrosis
WHAT IS NEW?
Recently we added another kind of donation whereby donors are screened for many more recessive diseases (carrier state of the donor), more than 300 diseases. This provides the most advanced protection against the occurrence of these diseases in the offspring. If interested, we can provide more details.
Anonymity: For people residing in Cyprus, the donation system is Anonymous (the donor and the recipient remain anonymous throughout the procedure for ever these after). For people residing abroad, we follow the system enforced in their country. This means that if the system maybe is Non-Anonymous or Open (the offspring can have one identifying meeting with the donor at the age of 16-18 years old).
Choice of the donor: The prospective recipient completes a form providing details of both her and her partner’s characteristics in order to register with the ovum donation program. The program coordinator will then try to match the couple with a potential donor according to their characteristics, hair colour, height, weight, blood type and skin colour. No pictures of the donor can be provided. The recipient either approves the donor or requests another matching. The waiting period is approximately 3 months.
Preparation of recipient: If fresh oocytes are to be used, the recipient is coordinated with the donor in her preparation. Usually, the recipient is ready after 10-22 days of hormone treatment (Estrogen). The recipient must inform us of her expected period 4 weeks in advance and the number of days needed for the endometrium to be ready. The recipient should inform us at once she gets her period. The sperm sample should be provided on the day of egg collection or shipped frozen to us earlier.
We can give you the medication and instructions for your preparation in case you do not have a personal doctor. Medications can be bought by you or can be couriered to you from here.
In case you have a doctor, the doctor, undertake his part of therapy to prepare you and our Center prepares the donor. During, the program your doctor is kept updated on the doctor’s progress. On the last ultrasound scan the exact date of the ovum pickup is given to your doctor so that final instructions and arrangements can be completed at your side. The embryo transfer is done approximately 3-5 days after the ovum pickup.
Extra embryos can be cryopreserved and stored in PEDIEOS CRYO BANK for use in a future cycle if the recipient wishes to do so.
Length of stay: Usually embryo transfer is done 3 to 5 days after fertilization of the eggs. The recipient can travel back home the same or next day. If frozen sperm is to be used, the recipient can basically come to our clinic on the day of embryo transfer, thus saving significant travelling time.
Recipients with normal endometrium have a 60-75% chance to succeed with their first attempt.
In Ovum donation we offer top quality combined with low prices worldwide.