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Egg donation

Egg donation is used in cases when ovaries do not produce eggs (dysfunction, malformation, premature depletion of ovarian function, menopause) and also in cases of repeated unsuccessful IVF attempts with embryos of bad quality. Egg donation is used in case of risk in transferring genetic diseases.

Who can be a donor?

According to recommendation of ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) and ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology), donor should be till 32 years who has a good mental and physical health. The donors who had cancer, cordial, genetic diseases, venereal diseases, psychic diseases, alcoholism, drugs are not used in the program.

Egg donation program is anonymous. The family that uses egg donor cannot see donor’s photo and only is informed about the following parameters: height, weight, colour of hair and eyes, blood type, nationality, education, she must have her own family and healthy children.

The age of recipient (woman for whom donor’s eggs are used) must be till 50 years. Any information about the recipient cannot be presented to a donor.  Woman-recipient must be examined by a therapeutist. She must present the conclusion of a doctor about the absence contraindications for pregnancy and delivery.

The efficiency of embryo transfer in egg donation cycle is higher than in the cycle of general IVF program. The index is about 50-60% for a cycle (


Indications for IVF procedure with egg donation

  • Absence of eggs, caused by natural  menopause, syndrome of premature ovarian after salpingo-oophorectomy, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, abnormalities (syndrome Shereshevsky-Turner, dysgenesis of the gonads, etc.);
  • presence of a gene with a mutation in the oocytes of women with genetic diseases connected with sex (miodistrofiya Duchenne, X - linked ichthyosis, etc.);
  • failed repeated IVF attempts to repeat with low ovarian response to superovulation induction, repeated  obtaining of  poor-quality embryos, transfer of which has no result.

Contraindications are the same as in IVF procedure.

The list of tests for an egg donor

  1. Blood type and Rh factor.
  2. The conclusion of a psychiatrist (once).
  3. Gynaecological examination (before each attempt IVF).
  4. Fluorography (valid 1 year).
  5. Analysis of blood for HIV, RW, with presence of markers of hepatitis B, C (valid for 3 months).
  6. Determination of Ig G and M to toxoplasma, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes virus (actual 12 months).
  7. Smear on the degree of purity (valid for 2 weeks).
  8. Bacteriological study of cervical material: Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas, candida, gonorrhea (actually 12 months).
  9. Smear on cytology from cervical (valid for 12 months).
  10. Karyotype.
  11. Molecular genetic research on cystic fibrosis carrier.