A growing number of women resort to the method of accepting foreign egg cells, in order to have a child through IVF. Below we will attempt to answer basic questions about the process and to explain all the necessary procedures (legal and medical) for having 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 women donors?
All women, who decide to donate their ovaries are subject to specific and thorough examinations for the detection of potential diseases. At first, a primary hormonal examination is carried out accompanied by a basic gynecological examination (ovaries, uterus) with ultrasound. These first tests 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 the tests for the detection of a genetic disease are equally necessary.
What are the legal requirements for the donation of eggs?
Egg donation programs are operating in many IVF units. Nevertheless, all women interested in taking eggs from female donors, should preferably consult their personal physician, who is much better informed about the subject and is in the position to choose a remarkable IVF unit to cooperate with.