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Oocyte Donation

Oocyte donation was introduced in the 80’s. In 1984, biologist Trounson reported the first successful donor egg embryotransfer to a woman with ovarian failure, in Australia.

The first successful pregnancy using donor oocytes in Greece was reported by our Center in 1989. Data was submitted to reputed medical journals, such as Fertility & Sterility (Fertil. Steril. Vol 54, no 6, Dec 1990) and Human Reproduction (Hum. Reprod. vol 8 no 3, pp 488-491, 1993).

Since then we have been using donor egg IVF with good pregnancy rates that exceed 60% on the first attempt per treatment cycle. Using donor eggs overcomes decreased egg quality and/or quantity and significantly increases the chances of pregnancy in women who are unable to become pregnant with their own eggs.

There are many possible indications for donor egg IVF:

  • Premature or natural menopause
  • Repeated pregnancy loss
  • Repeated IVF failed attempts
  • Poor embryo quality
  • Inadequate responders to IVF stimulation therapies
  • Genetic disorder which could be hereditary passed on their child
  • Women of any age who have had abnormal embryos
    (Chromosomal abnormality after PGD testing)

Egg donation is an anonymous procedure in Greece. Anonymous egg donors are healthy women under the age of 30, which are thoroughly screened, and completely evaluated before being accepted for donors. They undergo the following testing:

  • Medical history and physical examination
  • Extensive laboratory tests to exclude infections disease
    (HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, Chlamydia etc.)
  • Genetic screening (Cystic Fibrosis, Thalasemmia)
  • Screening for inheritable diseases through family health background information
  • Personality assessment

Donor oocytes are fertilized by the partner’s sperm and are transferred to the uterus of the recipient after hormonal preparation. The success rate in our center exceeds 60% per cycle treatment and in combination with our extensive experience over the years in Assisted Reproduction we have excellent prospects to materialize your wish of having a healthy child.