What is IVF with egg donation?

Many IVF procedures are offered at some of Turkey’s most prestigious hospitals and IVF clinics. Yet, because egg donation is illegal in Turkey, patients may commence infertility treatment in Turkey, and then be sent to the nearby Republic of Cyprus, where egg donation is legal.

IVF with Egg Donation

Some women are unable to conceive due to various reasons, ranging from age to chronic disease or illness. With the use of assisted reproductive technology, women who are not able to conceive naturally have a chance of conceiving by using donated eggs.

Screening the recipients

The recipient couple or mother is always screened for infectious and sexually transmitted diseases, like Hepatitus, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and HIV. The recipient will usually have to wait about 2 weeks to get the test results back. Once the couple has completed the screening process, they will be ready to select a donor.

Selecting an egg donor

You are probably wondering whose eggs you would use, or how to select a proper donor for your child. Fertility clinics are usually very selective in the process of screening for donors.

Donors undergo a series of tests before their eggs are deemed eligible for donation. Women undergoing IVF with Egg Donation have a choice to use the eggs of someone they know, or an anonymous donor chosen by an IVF clinic. Donors chosen by a clinic are healthy, and generally between the ages of 20-30. Ideally, egg donors have already had children. Many clinics even screen their donors for genetic and mental disorders.

They also try their best to match the donor to the recipient according to physical characteristics, such as eye color, skin color, hair texture and other physical attributes.

Fertility Medication

Once the screenings are all complete and the egg donor has been selected, both the egg donor and the recipient mother will be put on fertility drugs such as Lupron, and oral contraceptives to synchronize their menstrual cycles.

The recipient will be put on hormone replacement therapy, such as estrogen pills or progesterone pessaries, for 7-10 days, which will allow the body to imitate the natural ovulation cycle, thickening the uterus in preparation for the embryo transfer.

After the lining of the recipient’s uterus has thickened sufficiently, the donor will be given ovary-stimulating hormones, allowing her to produce eggs.

Sperm Collection

When the recipient’s uterus is in an ideal condition for implantation and the donor is ready for egg collection, the recipient’s partner or husband will provide his sperm for insemination. If using sperm from a sperm bank, then the sperm will need to be thawed before insemination.

Egg Collection, Fertilisation and Insemination

The donor’s eggs are collected and then combined with the sperm, from which an embryo will be produced. Within 1-5 days, the embryo can be transplanted into the recipient’s uterus. It is usually the case that more embryos are produced than what is needed for one cycle. At that point, it is the couple’s choice of whether they want to freeze the embryos for future use or donate them to the clinic.

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