What do you need to know?
Three major actors are involved in any IVF treatment with egg donation:
- recipient of a donated egg (female),
- partner (male) and
- an egg donor.
Maching with a donor
All donors are between the ages of 18-35, are healthy and undergo intense physical and psychological testing. Finally, in some hospitals, the donor is selected individually by intended parents, but must still be selected by a medical team that must guarantee the highest possible phenotypic (appearance) and immune (blood type) similarities to the patient.
A successful donor selection process followed by appropriate donor-recipient matching is crucial. Both women should be fully screened, and listing all medical histories is absolutely essential.
The thickness of the uterus
Preparing the patient’s endometrium is also crucial. Sometimes it is also advisable that test transfer of embryos should be performed before the actual transfer to consider all possible risks, and blood tests and tests must be performed regularly to ensure that the recipient’s hormonal level and endometrial thickness are correct.
There are numerous discussions regarding the optimal measurement of uterine wall thickness, which will increase the likelihood of embryo implantation. An endometrium of about 7mm is usually considered suitable, and there is currently no specific thickness identified, but determined by the physician on a case-by-case basis.
Egg donation with a fresh or frozen egg?
New tissue vitrification (freezing) procedures have changed the future of IVF and now the outcome, using frozen eggs, is just as good compared to fresh ones.
Vitrification has also changed the way in-vitro fertilization with egg donation is synchronized. The use of frozen oocytes provides non-synchronized access between the recipient and the egg donor.
When using frozen eggs, matching can occur on the go, meaning there is no waiting list as donors are constantly stimulated; the egg cells are already taken out and ready for use.
While the use of fresh oocytes may not provide as much flexibility, the synchronized cycle, however, ensures that oocyte recipients are previously more precisely “paired” with their donors.
Both protocols are equally good and it is a personal choice for the patient and the medical team at the IVF clinics to determine what is best in each individual situation. The decision could depend on the recipient’s health, needs and preferences, clinic location, and patient schedules.
For our patients, we insist on extensive preparation and analysis of each patient’s health status before starting on an egg donation program.
Check out the egg donation programs we offer in collaboration with our partners from Ukraine, and with Cyprus, hospitals with more than 15 years of experience in programs with vitrified and fresh egg donation, embryo donation and embryo adaptation.
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