Project Description

Ova Donation

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?

  • If the woman’s own ovaries are not in the position to produce egg cells

  • Multiple failed IVF attempts have already been recorded

  • Appropriate for older women, over the age of 40

  • Appropriate for women with poor quality egg cells or embryos, failing to result in pregnancy

  • In case the ovaries have been removed or the wife has undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment

  • In cases where the woman has a serious inherited genetic disease, which should not be transmitted to the child

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?

  • Financial consideration: The disposal of eggs should not imply any financial return. The payment of costs for various medical, laboratory and hospital expenses should not be considered a financial consideration. In addition, the payment of expenses for travel and subsistence expenses for the donor does not constitute financial compensation. All of these costs can be covered by the future recipients of the eggs

  • Age: The law provides for the donor to be of a maximum age of up to 35 years. This imposition is required because there is an increased risk of developing genetic disorders at an older age

  • Consents and anonymity: The donation of eggs is made with the written consent of donors. The identity of the oocyte donor is not – under any circumstances – disclosed to the recipients and vice versa

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.


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