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Cost of Treatment: 5,000 Euros
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 days
Average Success Rate: 76%
If you are using an egg donor in your IVF treatment cycle, you will not be required to undergo an ovarian stimulation protocol, which means no injections and no expensive medication! Preparing for a donor egg cycle is rather simpler compared to standard IVF treatments. However, before proceeding with treatment, we will still need to make sure that you are fit for pregnancy and that egg donor IVF treatment is the right method of treatment. The first step always involves gathering as much information about your history of infertility as possible. Depending on your testing and treatment background, further testing and screening may be necessary. The starting point of preparation will be having a pelvic sonogram (ultrasound scan) in order to screen the lining of the womb and to make sure that there are no fibroids/polyps in the uterus/cervix or anything in general that migjt interfere with a successful pregnancy. If you have experienced repeated IVF failures, then additional testing might be required to rule out any genetic conditions, infections or any other problems that might have contributed to your IVF failures before we can proceed with treatment.
Once we make sure that everything is in order and treatment can be initiated, we will need to match you up with an egg donor. For this, we will ask that you fill out our egg recipient application form and give us a clear explanation of what you are looking for in an egg donor so that we can match you up with a suitable candidate. If you would like to meet your egg donor or would like to see pictures, we can still help via the international egg donor agency that we work with. However, in this case, the cost of your treatment will be much higher compared to the standard cost of IVF with egg donation at North Cyprus IVF Center.
One of the treatments offered at North Cyprus IVF Center is IVF treatment using an egg donor. IVF with egg donation is a treatment option suited for patients with female factor infertility problem. If for any reason the female patient is unable to use her own eggs during treatment, use of an egg donor will be required in order to achieve pregnancy. Whether you need an egg donor or not can only be decided after an assessment has been made, or in some cases there are more evident indications such as entering menopause. There can be various reasons you may need egg donation as opposed to using your own eggs during IVF treatment.
Our egg donors are predominantly consisted of international and local university students studying at universities in Northern Cyprus. An egg donor at North Cyprus IVF Center:
- Is aged between 20-29
- Has a normal Body mass index (BMI)
- Has successfully undergone all her infectious disease screening
- Is a non-smoker
- Only uses alcohol in moderation
Due to egg donor anonymity in North Cyprus, we can only share certain information about our egg donors. These include age, height, weight, ethnic origin, skin color, hair color, eye color, educational and occupational status, blood type as well as previous donation history. Given that there are a large number of international students who are willing to donate eggs, most of our donors are younger than 25 years of age, which means healthy and fertile eggs. This is one of the main reasons why our success rates with egg donor IVF treatment is very close to 80%, which is way above world averages. Another reason why our egg donation program is one of the most successful egg donation programs in the world is the fact that we call back donors who have contributed to a successful pregnancy to donate for other couples up to five times, meaning, majority of our donors are fertility proven who have contributed to a successful pregnancy via their donation previously.
1- The first step is the period where we obtain as much information as possible regarding your history of infertility testing/assessment as well as previous treatments (if applicable). This is one of the most important stages of your IVF treatment as we will need to know as much detail as possible regarding your history of infertility so that we can identify the right treatment protocol that is customized for you. Even though we will not be stimulating ovaries for oocyte production, we will still need to make sure that you are fit for pregnancy and that there are no other problems that might interfere with a successful pregnancy.
2- After a thorough investigation of your existing test results and documentation, we may ask for additional testing for a more effective assessment depending on your unique history. We collaborate with a number of IVF specialists and other medical professionals around the world, so depending on your location, we may be able to recommend a doctor or a testing center for your preliminary work. Once we have all the necessary information, we will be able to make an assessment and will produce your treatment calendar accordingly. Based on your treatment calendar, we will be able to provide you with a prescription so that you can purchase your medication locally.
3- The next step is to let us know about your donor preferences. Once you fill out our donor/recipient form, we will be able to match you up with a suitable donor and depending on when you are planning your cycle, we will either select donors who are already in sync with your menstrual period dates, or who can be synchronized so that we can have a fresh cycle. Based on most suitable matches, you will be given a few options to choose from. Our donor coordinator works very carefully to match you up with the closest matches unless you have a different preference. Once you have selected your egg donor, the next step will be to prepare you both for the IVF treatment.
4- During the initial preparation phase, you will start using your medication to prepare your uterus for a successful embryo transfer. This is much lighter than the medication protocols compared to standard IVF/ICSI treatments that stimulate your ovaries for egg retrieval. While using medication, we will ask that you see your local doctor (or a doctor / scan place we recommend) so that we can see how you are responding to medication and make sure everything is in order. Given that you are provided with a comprehensive treatment calendar for this preliminary treatment, it is very easy and convenient to follow your program.
5- Once this period is over, you will be expected to arrive in Cyprus to finalize your treatment. You will be expected to stay in Cyprus for about 6 days. Our patient coordinators will organize your airport transfers as well as your accommodation arrangements.
Patients with the following conditions often need the help of an egg donor for a successful pregnancy:
- A decrease in ovarian function due to increased age or premature ovarian failure is usually the number one reason why a couple might need to consider egg donation as an option. If a patient has premature ovarian failure, premature menopause or menopause due to increased age, her ovarian reserves have been greatly depleted and menstrual cycles have either begun to be very irregular or totally absent. With highly diminished ovarian reserves, two big problems emerge. One is, the quality of the remaining eggs in the reserves tends to be very low and the genetic integrity of the eggs may have been compromised, suggesting that even if treatment is proceeded with own eggs, the likelihood of pregnancy will be minimal or even if pregnancy is achieved, incidence of a genetic disorder or a miscarriage will be much higher. The second problem is, when patients have highly depleted ovarian reserves, regardless of supplements used and regardless of the dose of stimulation medication to be administered, likelihood of successful ovarian stimulation will be low, and even after using all the medication, your ovaries may not respond at all, leaving you disappointed.
- Genetic conditions that may preclude a normal pregnancy. The female patient may have an abnormal karyotype, a single gene defect or another genetic condition she may pass down to her offspring, therefore, she might need to use an egg donor to avoid this problem.
- Repeated IVF failures can sometimes indicate that while the female patient's eggs appear to be morphologically normal, they may not have fertilization potential, or they may be associated with genetic defects. In such cases, using donor eggs can be a solution.
- Ovaries may have been compromised or removed due to a medical condition, a surgery or cancer treatment. In that case, there is no further ovulation and pregnancy with own eggs is no longer possible.
Regardless of why you may need egg donation during your IVF treatment, it is important that you are well matched with a suitable egg donor. Before proceeding with treatment, we ask that you fill out our donor/recipient form so that our egg donor coordinator can narrow down your donor options and we can match you up with the most ideal egg donor.