Egg Donation is not something that every patient we meet will need to have, but it is an important treatment option for us to provide. It may allow those who for any number of reasons cannot conceive using their own eggs, to become pregnant and have a baby. It can be an emotional and confusing process and we hope that the below information will answer at least some of the questions you might have before you make an appointment to meet one of our team to discuss it further.
Where do the donor eggs come from?
We have chosen to work with our sister clinic in Prague in the Czech Republic to provide their excellent Egg Donation service here so that ReproMed’s patients can access their Egg Donor Programme without having to travel abroad or endure long waiting lists before treatment.
Tell me about the donors
The donors are Czech women aged between 18-35 years of age, who have chosen to donate eggs altruistically to help other women conceive, have a successful pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby. They are all screened according to Czech legislation and to the standards of the EU Tissues and Cells Directive. They have had extensive blood testing including genetic tests and have been screened by an accredited psychologist, all of which has been done to ensure they are the best possible candidates for donation.
What do I do first?
The first step is a consultation with one of our doctors. After that we can get things moving quite quickly for you to get the paperwork completed and the required diagnostics carried out for both partners.
Who is my donor?
Part of the process will involve the completion of paperwork which describes your physical characteristics and your preferred physical characteristics for your egg donor. This information, together with a photograph of you will be used to select a donor for you.
We will also take into account blood group and if you wish will do our best to match by blood group also.
What information will I get about my donor?
Currently our egg donation programme is anonymous, as per legislation in the Czech Republic where are sister clinic manages the care of the donors. This is the case for the
vast majority of egg donation programmes in Europe and little or no information is released about the donor. We are able to provide information about the donor which
includes physical characteristics, blood group and some social information.
We work with clinics in the UK to provide non-anonymous, or “identifiable” egg donation treatment and if this is important to you, please let us know and we will give you more information about it.
What are the required diagnostics and are these the only tests I need?
Both Female & Male Partners:
EU Viral Screen (HIV I & II; Hep B, Hep C, Syphilis) (must be within 12 months of Egg Donation Treatment)
Some patients may have a complicated fertility history that will require other testing to be done but these are the basic required tests that we need to have completed and should be carried out in-house at ReproMed.
Do we need to have specialist fertility counselling before having egg donation treatment?
It is a requirement that any individual or couple who is exploring the option of Egg/Sperm Donation, attend for Implications Counselling with our Specialist Fertility Counsellor. This is to ensure you have fully explored and discussed all aspects of this treatment with someone who has a wealth of experience and specialist training in the field of Fertility Counselling. This should be carried out during the diagnostics stage of your treatment and we will not be able to proceed with treatment before this is complete.
Do I need to travel abroad for any part of the treatment?
No, neither you nor your partner will have to travel abroad for this treatment. Only in the case that the male partner’s sperm sample is not suitable for freezing that we will require that he travels to the Czech Republic to produce a fresh sample at the time of egg retrieval. This does not arise routinely and is something that would be brought to your attention early in the process if it was required to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.
Is IVF or ICSI used to fertilise the eggs?
ICSI is carried out as standard as part of this egg donation programme and is included in the price of the programme.
Is donor sperm available?
Yes, donor sperm is also available at an additional cost if it is required, and sperm donors are selected and screened in a similar way to egg donors.
Is blastocyst culture included in the price?
Yes, blastocyst culture (day 5 culture) is included in the cost of the programme. Your embryos will be cultured to Day 5 in the lab at our sister clinic in Prague at which point they will be frozen and transported back here to ReproMed.
How will my embryos been transported back to Ireland?
We work with a specialist IVF courier who will transport your embryos in temperature monitored containers from Prague to our Dublin clinic where they will be stored until you embryo transfer is scheduled. They will be in the care of this courier at all times until they are safely in our clinic.
Once my embryos are in ReproMed when can I have my transfer?
We schedule your embryo transfer as soon as your embryos are in storage in ReproMed. This will be planned in advance with your doctor and as we would hope to be able to do the transfer within a few weeks of your embryos arriving, depending on the protocol that your doctor will have devised for you.
What happens if I have more than one embryo?
We encourage that only one embryo is transferred at a time but if there is more than one embryo for you, we will keep all of these frozen at ReproMed free of charge for the first year, after which a fee will apply per year of subsequent storage.
What other laboratory techniques are available alongside the Egg Donation Treatment?
There are a variety of techniques available which can be utilised in conjunction with this programme, which may be recommended based on your particular case, for example Embryoscope Timelapse Technology, Embryo Glue, PICSI, IMSI, and Assisted Hatching. These incur additional costs and information on these is available if recommended by your doctor.