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
Popular demand for more genetic tests on female donors has been increasing. At the same time, donors without these tests are less ‘expensive’ and more appealing to certain groups of people. Following the policies adopted by many centers, we decided to offer two groups of egg donors in our program: Regular donors and Elite donors
Group I – Regular Egg Donors:
This is the plan we have been using since 1992, following the European guidelines for the amount of information provided to recipients. The matching is done by our Ovum Donation program coordinators, who conduct a detailed search through profiles of available donors to find the best candidates for each couple. Regular donors are tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), such as:
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome – AIDS (HIV)
- Hepatitis B (HBs Ag, Anti-HBc IgM)
- Hepatitis C (HCV)
- Syphilis (VDRL)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV IgM)
Group II – Elite Egg Donors:
Through our experience, we have realized that there is a growing demand for an American-style egg donation program, where donors undergo a more thorough screening, in depth interviews and evaluation process. Recipients receive a much more comprehensive package of information about their donor and have a chance to find the very best candidate who meets their particular criteria. Additional to the STD tests, our elite donors undergo further genetic testing for the following diseases:
- Karyotype (Chromosome analysis)
- Fragile-X Syndrome
- Cystic Fibrosis (36 mutations)
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 photos of the donors are available at any stage. Donors remain anonymous to the recipient, and vice versa. Recipients are given the direct line of the coordinator and they can communicate directly regarding any queries they have about the program.
The recipient’s menstrual cycle (if she is menstruating) must be synchronized with the donor’s menstrual cycle. In order to achieve this, the recipient receives a hormonal replacement therapy which allows the manipulation of her cycle according to the donor’s cycle. The donated oocytes are then fertilized with the sperm of the recipient’s partner or donor sperm, whichever is appropriate. Fertilized and healthy looking embryos are then transferred to the recipient’s womb which has been hormonally prepared to accept and nurture the embryo. Extra embryos can be cryopreserved and stored in PEDIEOS CRYO BANK for use in a future cycle if the recipient wishes to do so.
Pedieos IVF Center has special offers for both Ovum Donation and regular IVF treatments. Interested couples can ask our coordinator about more details and terms and conditions.
We believe that our special offers are the most competitive in Europe.