A growing number of women accept foreign egg cells, in order to have a child through IVF. Below you will find some useful information regarding the process and the legal and medical conditions required to obtain a child in this way.
In what circumstances should a woman be thinking of accepting foreign eggs as a means of dealing with infertility?
Which tests are required for donors?
All women who decide to donate their eggs are subject to specific and extensive examinations for the detection of potential diseases.
At first, a hormonal examination is carried out, accompanied by a basic gynaecological examination (ovaries, uterus) with ultrasound. The initial examinations are performed in order to confirm that there is no health problem.
Afterwards, tests are performed for the detection of various viral or bacterial infections that could endanger the health of the woman/recipient. These tests include tests for sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis, hepatitis B and C, cytomegalovirus and AIDS.
The blood type and the Rh factor are also checked, while tests for the detection of a genetic disease are equally necessary.
What are the legal requirements to become a female donor?
Egg donation programs are currently operating in many IVF units. Women who are interested in accepting eggs from donors should preferably consult their personal physician, who is well informed and can choose a reliable IVF unit.