Egg (or embryo) donation for IVF fertility treatments, is indicated for women who, for various reasons, do not produce eggs. In these cases, it has been proven that egg / embryo donation is a very effective procedure in a wide range of problems. The indications for egg donation or embryo donation include the following conditions:
- Gonad dysgenesia, carrying an inheritable genetic disorder such as muscular Dystrophy or haemophilia. Such diseases can be passed on to their children. Rather than risk giving birth to a child who might suffer greatly and die at an early age, some women choose to have a chance of a perfectly healthy child via egg donation.
- Surgical procedures to / removal or absence of ovaries (ovarian damage following surgery, radiation or chemotherapy)
- Women born without or with under-developed ovaries (e.g. Turner’s syndrome).
- Poor response to ovarian stimulation
- Failure of multiple attempts of assisted reproduction methods (IVF, ICSI)
- Early menopause. This, however, occurs much earlier to some women, even in their teens or early twenties, before they would even have contemplated starting a family. This condition is called premature ovarian failure or premature menopause.
- Patient aged above 45 (menopause). After the menopause a woman is no longer capable of conceiving because her ovaries stop producing eggs and sex hormones.
Who are the ‘Egg Donors’?
Some of the donors from The Crete Fertility Centre will be Egg-sharers. ‘Egg-sharing’ is an option offered to women who would not otherwise be able to afford the expenses of the fertility treatment they need. In exchange for sharing (or donating) some of the eggs they produce during their own IVF Cycle, the Egg-sharer receives subsidised treatment.
This website provides important information for anyone who thinks she might need donor eggs as part of a fertility treatment programme. Your participation in this programme may help substantially to reduce your waiting time for treatment with donated eggs. Our priority is to ensure that patients requiring treatment using donor eggs receive this treatment within a reasonable timeframe (1-3 months).
Fortunately the pregnancy rate is approximately 52 – 54% per E.T., in our unit under Dr. Fraidakis medical care.
What information will I be given about my Donor?
Most of the donors will be of Greek origin. We will also provide you with information on:
Build, Height, Weight, Eye colour, Hair colour, Occupation, Education, Blood Group and Rh.