How can I be sure that the donation will be safe?
All egg donors will be screened prior to being accepted and the following criteria must be met:
- Less than 32 years old
- No personal history or family history of genetic or familial illness
- BMI of less than 25
- Two Ovaries
- No history of previous low ovarian response to stimulation.
- No more than 2 previous unsuccessful IVF attempts.FSH level less than 8
In addition, all donors are screened and must have clearance on the following:
- Normal Chromosome Analysis
- Cystic Fibrosis Gene
- Hepatitis B & C
Will the donation be anonymous?
Yes. The rules on anonymity are strict and are in the best interests of all concerned. No identifying information will be given to you about the donor. Likewise, the donor will not receive any information about you.
How long will I need to stay in Crete?
Your stay in Crete will be approximately 5-8 days long. The exact timing depends on your donor’s egg collection. If egg collection is at the end of the week, you may need to stay slightly longer for the embryo transfer. It is advisable to arrive in Crete at least one day prior to the donor’s egg collection and to ensure that your travel arrangements include being in Crete on the Monday morning of the egg collection week.
Proposed travel dates cannot be confirmed until your donor has commenced ovarian stimulation. This will be approximately two weeks before you would need to travel. It is therefore not advisable to book or purchase non-refundable or non-exchangeable tickets before ovarian stimulation has been started, as your dates for treatment cannot be guaranteed before then.
What will happen once I arrive in Crete?
Your first contact will be a pre-arranged consultation with Dr Fraidakis at Crete Fertility Centre, to which you will take a copy of your medical records. After going through your records, Dr Fraidakis will discuss specific treatment issues and answer any questions you may have. You will need to make a maximum of three visits to the clinic whilst in Crete:
- The first visit will be the Initial Consultation on arrival and Ultra Sound.
- The second appointment will be made for the male partner to provide the semen sample on the day of the donor’s egg collection.
- The third visit will be on the day of your embryo transfer.
The rest of the time you will be free to enjoy the island of Crete.
If the pregnancy test is positive, the same drug regime is followed until fourteen weeks of pregnancy. It is most important not to stop the medication.