So what does the process of getting IVF with donated eggs look like? To prepare for the donor egg IVF program, we, first of all, offer patients a consultation with a reproductive doctor online or offline if possible to discuss their situation and medical history. We discuss the details of the program and prescribe the tests that must be passed to check their reproductive health and write a protocol for endometrial stimulation. Often, couples already have these tests ready unless we agree to arrange the next consultation in a while.
Then, according to the results of the tests, the doctor decides on what the next steps of your treatment will be. Among all, the test results help the doctor to create a protocol for your endometrial stimulation, which begins on day 2 of the cycle. He or she will also give all the recommendations for medication and additional ultrasounds and blood tests based on the results you have received.
During stimulation, patients provide us with ultrasounds so that we can adjust the protocol for fertility treatments. It is normal to adjust the treatment plan as you go, but it is crucial for the patient to stay under the consistent control of the doctor to ensure that the needed changes are implemented at the right time.
Later, the patient comes back to the clinic for an embryo transfer procedure. At this moment, you are just one step from getting pregnant and starting your journey of bearing your child. In 2 weeks after the embryo transfer, patients are recommended to take a blood test for HCG. If it's positive, you are pregnant. Our doctor will prescribe the needed reproductive medicine for the next 2 weeks until the next ultrasound. In this type of egg donor program, patients need to stay in the clinic for 3 to 6 days, depending on the particular case.
Overall, we mainly offer 2 types of programs: with vitrified oocytes and fresh donor cycle. More about these below.
What is IVF with donor eggs?
IVF with oocyte donation is a beneficial program for any couple struggling with the ability to create a family in terms of facing reproductive health issues. This type of program is a great chance for patients who, for one reason or another, cannot use their own oocytes to become parents and need an egg donor.
When starting an IVF cycle, you can choose whether you will be getting your eggs donated only or you need a sperm donor, too. Accordingly, n the standard program plan, the donor oocyte is fertilized by the partner's semen. In this case, the woman receives donor eggs that contain the sperm donor's, who is the woman's partner, material. This makes the process of getting pregnant close to the natural one in terms of the genetic materials. At the same time, when using the material of someone else for fertilization, you can also choose the donor in one of the featured catalogs.
Our agency offers patients a wide selection of donors from an international egg donor catalog. Patients have the opportunity to register in the catalog database and choose a donor independently based on the desired characteristics. You will get information on the person's ethnic background, physical characteristics and education to get a full image of factors that impact the person's life and appearance. Since we provide full donor profiles with their photos to choose from, you will be able to see the egg donors to narrow down your choices.
When you make up your mind about the egg donor you need, you can proceed to the next steps. You just reach out to your doctor so that he or she can book the donor and reserve their material for your treatmnet. There is no need to be waiting for a donor — the program can be started immediately.
Process of IVF with donor eggs
Preparation for the program starts long before the implantation procedure. In fact, you need to start working with the medical team so that your situation in terms of reproductive health is clear. It is crucial for the doctor to be familiar with the issues you are going through or have experienced to prescribe the right medication and tests. All these will eventually affect the success of your treatment and implantation.
Frozen egg donation program
The frozen donor eggs program allows patients to choose their frozen eggs from a catalog of oocytes that already have vitrified oocytes. Frozen egg donation is affordable and won't make patients worry too much about donor synchronization. On the day before the menstrual cycle, the oocytes will be thawed and fertilized with the donor sperm, which is the woman's partner semen, by the ICSI method.
The resulting embryos can be used for fresh embryo transfer. You can also get the eggs frozen for another frozen egg cycle in the future.
Fresh egg donation program
In a fresh donor egg IVF cycle, donor eggs are retrieved and immediately fertilized with the male partner's sperm. The resulting fresh embryos are then transferred to the recipient's uterus.
The main difference between using fresh eggs and the program with vitrified oocytes is that the donor and the patient must be synchronized in menstrual cycles if they want to make a fresh transfer of embryos without freezing them. In this case, the egg retrieval process for the donated eggs, along with the implantation, will successfully integrate into the egg donor's and donor egg recipient's cycles.
The remaining embryos from egg retrieval and insemination can be preserved for future frozen embryo transfer procedures — in other words, for future children and future siblings for your family. This program is considered more effective than using frozen embryos because it uses fresh donor's eggs material for fertilization.
Advantages of using donor eggs
Oocyte donation for IVF treatment can be a solution and is recommended for patients who have experienced the following:
- inherited conditions and genetic diseases
- remature menopause (premature ovarian failure)
- ovarian function disorders
- chemotherapy or radiotherapy after cancer treatment
- surgery injuries that have resulted in producing low-quality eggs
- no eggs at all or losing your ovaries
- if there are high risks of genetic disorders
- if you’re in your 40s and have low chances of success with your own eggs, the quality of which decreases with age
Oocyte donation also has benefits that are not related to the medical part, such as:
- you will be fully involved in the process, from getting pregnant and bearing your child to giving birth.
- if your partner provides sperm for the program, your child is biologically related to you and your partner. And we do not stop there — we also offer patients programs with the transfer of female genetic material. Details
How much does donor egg IVF cost?
The cost of treatment programs with oocyte donation is extremely diverse. In fact, it all depends on what program you choose, such as whether it's a program with vitrified oocytes or with a fresh donor cycle. The cost of the egg retrieval and the related procedures also depends on the number of oocytes offered in the program, along with other factors.
The cost of programs on the market starts at 3,500 euros and sometimes reaches 20,000 euros. The programs we offer include a full support of the doctor and the international coordinator, access to the catalog of an egg bank and the donor team, assistance in organizing the trip, transfers from the airport to the hotel and vice versa, and all medical processes from the beginning to the end of the program.
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