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Oocyte Donation

EGG DONATION
Egg donation is indicated for women who, for various reasons cannot impregnate with their own eggs. It has been proven that egg donation is the most effective method and perhaps a unique opportunity to have a child. No woman should abandon the effort to have her own genetic child, but the choice of donation has much higher success rates.

INDICATIONS
The first category of women that egg donation is the best option for, relates to the woman’s inability to produce a sufficient number of eggs. The most common reasons are the presence of dysfunctional ovaries due to age and premature or non-menopause. The presence of turner syndrome, or subformed ovaries but also ovarian failure can lead the woman towards choosing egg donation. In the second category, women produce a sufficient number of eggs, but medical problems have been identified such as the existence of an inherited genetic abnormality or a history of miscarriages.

ANONYMOUS EGG DONORS
Greek law imposes anonymity between the donor and the recipient base of the human reproduction law. Neither the couple is allowed to know the donor’s identity, nor does the donor know the couple. It is an individual choice of every woman if she wants to help another woman with this act. The law does not allow for financial compensation, but provides for a donor’s compensation for medication as well as for travel expenses, loss of income due to leave from work, etc.
Donor’s testing includes:
• Her age (28 years of age and under)
• Family and medical history
• Testing of proper ovarian function
• Special blood tests such as HIV and AIDS
• Cardiac Examinations
• Tested by a specialist for good behavior/conduct as well as the educational level and intellectual culture.

IVF CYCLE WITH EGG DONATION
DONOR’S PROCEDURE
– Medication for ovarian stimulation
– Egg collection

RECIPIENT’S PROCEDURE
– Uterus Preperation
– Fertilization
– Embryotransfer
– Pregnancy test
Each IVF cycle is different and is always treated on a case-by-patient basis.
There is the possibility of cryopreservation of extra good quality embryos for future use.