A way out of involuntary childlessness

If due to advanced age, genetic diseases orafter chemotherapy, a woman produces hardly any oocytes of her own or iffertilization of eggs that might have been retrieved almost regularly failed in the past, egg donation may represent an opportunity for the couple. 

What recipients for donor eggs want to know

Where can I take advantage of this therapy option to make my dream of having a child come true?

Given the current legal situation, egg donation as an option in the treatment of infertility is only possible in our IVF Center in Pilsen in the Czech Republic. In Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland egg donation is currently not allowed.

Who will be the donor of the eggs?

In most cases, the donors are students, nurses or secretaries who get in touch with our Center in Pilsen in order to be accepted as egg donors. These young women often contact our Center prompted by information leaflets which are available in various places such as universities and doctors’ surgeries. Physical and mental health is a precondition for being recruited as a donor. The women remain anonymous. The personal data of egg donors is treated as strictly confidential and kept under lock in accordance with the Czech law. The donation is non-remunerated. However, it is allowed to grant an expense allowance which depends on the donor’s cost and effort (journey, time required for several visits to the doctor, cost of medication…).

What can I ask and what am I allowed to know about the egg donor?

Recipients may obtain general information about the donor (phenotypic features) without disclosure of the donor’s identity. Donor and recipient will be matched on account of phenotypic characteristics (body height and weight, hair color, eye color, blood type).  The inheritance of characteristics such as height, eye color, hair color etc. is partly controlled and influenced by a large number of genes.

It is crucial how the child grows up! This means that the influence of parental education or the values and norms of a society in which it is raised will exercise a strong influence on the child’s development.

How many eggs do I actually get?

On average the recipient may be provided with 10 - 12 oocytes. Ovarian stimulation is carried out with great care and gentleness toward the donor. This ensures that donors are not at increased risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. These requirements, however, cannot be met using the classic method of “egg-sharing”. In the context of an egg donation, particular attention is paid to the possibility of mental and physical stress for the donor arising from the therapy. We strictly observe the corresponding legal provisions defined by EU guidelines and national legislation.

What is being done to keep me from contracting a sexually transmitted disease from the donor?

In order to - after the fertilization ofthe oocytes - minimize the possible risks of transmitting diseases to the recipient, it is appropriate to freeze the embryos (cryopreservation technique). This is the recommendation voiced by Nicolas Zech, Medical Director of the IVF Centers Prof. Zech in Bregenz. In addition, the transfer of frozen-thawed embryos allows an optimal endometrial preparation, since the build-up of the uterine lining might take longer than in a “fresh” cycle (synchronized with the donor’s cycle).  Ultrasound monitoring prior to the final stages of endometrial preparation may support the optimum implantation of the embryo.  

Only if the donor (serological findings) has been investigated thoroughly and found free of infectious diseases, the embryos will be released for transfer. The prospects of achieving a healthy pregnancy through egg donation are greatest if one or two embryos at the most is/are transferred to the womb at the blastocyst stage.


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