IVF using an Egg Donor

Our Ovum Donation program has been running since 1990.

Our Ovum Donation program has been running since 1990. 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?

Those with:

  • 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

Our Donors

Donors are categorized into three groups, Classic, Elite & Sequenced. We have created these three groups of donors to choose from in order to suit everybody’s needs. The difference between the three categories is extra genetic tests made on the donor.

Group I – Classic Egg Donors:

The Classic 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.

Elite donors are tested like the classic ones but additionally for the following genetic tests:

  • Fragile-X
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • SMA

Group III – Sequenced Egg Donors:

Due to high demand we have also added another kind of donation whereby donors are screened for many more recessive diseases (carrier state of the donor), more than 250 diseases. Thus there is both phenotypic and genotypic matching. This provides the most advanced protection against the occurrence of these diseases in the offspring. If interested, we can provide more details.

The procedure

Anonymity: For people residing in Cyprus, the donation system is Anonymous (the donor and the recipient remain anonymous throughout the procedure and forever thereafter). For people residing abroad, we will follow the system enforced in their country (pending approval of legislation change by the parliament). This means that if the system is Non-Anonymous or Open the offspring can have identifying information about 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.

For sequencing: Both the egg donor and the person providing the sperm will be screened for more than 250 genetic diseases. This requires a blood sample to be taken from the male to be sent to the genetic lab for the processing.

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 15-22 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 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, they will undertake their part of therapy to prepare you and our Center prepares the donor. During the program your doctor is kept updated on the donor’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 on your side. The embryo transfer is done approximately 3-5 days after the ovum pickup.

Extra embryos can be cryopreserved and stored at 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 come to our clinic only on the day of embryo transfer, thus saving significant travelling time.

Success Rates:

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.



Contact us for the special packages at info@pedieosivf.com.cy or call us at 00 357 22670850.