Why do infertile couples opt for egg donation in the Czech Republic?
With its liberal legislation, the Czech Republic provides the opportunity of undergoing treatments in many areas of medicine that are not available in other European countries. Amongst others, the expertise in treating oncological patients with bone marrow and umbilical cord stem cells has a long tradition.
In a very similar manner, the Czech Republic offers childless couples who want to conceive a child a convenient way to have access to egg donation. This also implies that the requirements with regard to the potential egg donors are met.
In contrast to other European countries, the law situation in the Czech Republic allows the egg donors to remain anonymous (In many other European countries, anonymous egg donation is definitely not possible.). But what does this actually mean?
Anonymous or not anonymous?
|Anonymous ||Not anonymous |
| In countries where anonymous egg donation is legally allowed (such as the Czech Republic), information on the donor is not disclosed to third parties – not even when requested by the egg recipient or the child (this is provided for by law). The data of the donors must be treated as strictly confidential and are kept under lock with the fertility center. || The legislator prescribes that from a certain age onwards, any child conceived through egg donation has a right to identifying information about their donor. Consequently, the donor’s identity must be disclosed. In Austria, the fertility center where the treatment took place is under obligation to provide the relevant information. → Egg donation in Austria |
We know from our experiences at the IVF Centers Prof. Zech – Pilsen that the legally binding requirement for anonymity in the Czech Republic leads to an increased willingness to donate eggs, which in turn, provides us with a larger number of donors. Thus, the couple’s chances of finding a suitable donor are considerably improved.
The identification/allocation of a suitable donor is made by the fertility center in Pilsen. Neither the donor nor the couple has access to this data. With regard to the analysis and selection procedures, our team uses all the technical and medical means currently at its disposal in order to enable optimum treatment for the couple concerned.
Physical characteristics such as skin, hair or eye color, height, weight etc., but also anthropometric data, blood group, rhesus factor and many more are documented and are subsequently subjected to detailed analysis and evaluation by our team of specialists and geneticists.
In this personalized and accurate matching procedure, we do not only pay attention to medical or health-related aspects, but also attempt to “enable” similarities in appearance between the donor and the egg recipient. To gain an overall picture, the personal and family circumstances of the donor are additionally taken into account.
Based on this in-depth analyses and information, the specialists at the fertility center identify a suitable donor.
Over the last centuries, Central Europe has been faced with a strong cultural mix among the population. Thus, people living north of the Alps show great similarities. Nowadays, across the national borders of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, anthropologists and physicians are talking about the typical, healthy Central European (the "typical European woman", the "typical European man")
Potential egg donors from these countries therefore display certain physical characteristics that are very suitable for infertile couples from Central Europe.
Short journey times
With its site in the Czech Republic, the IVF Centers Prof. Zech - Pilsen is situated in the heart of Europe (close to Germany, easily accessible from Austria and Switzerland, too) and offers patients a good chance to find a suitable donor in a timely manner.
"Why seek far afield (e.g. Spain) when the good is close by!"