Almost 75% of women older than 45 undergoing In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or any other assisted reproductive technology (ART) use donor eggs to try to get pregnant. In the US alone, more than 8,000 healthy babies are born every year to women that have conceived with this method, regardless of their age.
Egg donation in Cyprus offers a valuable asset to those facing infertility issues that want all the help they can get to help start a family. At the Cyprus IVF Clinic, we have an egg bank with donor eggs collected and frozen but also offer the opportunity to use fresh donor eggs. This means that your reproductive cycle is synced with the cycle of the donor and we use the eggs produced immediately. Needless to say, our donors go through a series of extensive tests on a regular basis to make sure they are perfectly healthy, and rule out disorders. This way, we can ensure the egg quality is maintained high at all times, which is just one of the reasons we pride the biggest success rates on the island and 3 times the success rates of any UK fertility clinic. With more than 70% chance to get pregnant with donor-egg IVF, thousands of couples have opted for this treatment and are now enjoying a happy family life with their child or children.
Are you a Good Candidate ?
We mainly consider egg donation in Cyprus IVF Clinic for patients that have:
- Premature ovarian failure – This means that their menopause has started at a much younger age than supposed. In many cases, before 40.
- Reduced ovarian reserve – As women age, their eggs’ quality drops. However, poor egg quality can be caused by other reasons, as well. The outcome, though, is always the same. Their fertility drops off, especially after 40, which could lead to multiple failures with IVF.
- Repeated miscarriages due to embryo-related issues.
- Fertility issues – Whether male or female infertility.
- Hereditary or genetically transmitted diseases – Although they could opt for a Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis to prevent genetic diseases that could be passed on from either the father or the mother to the child, you may also consider egg donors.
Fresh Donor Eggs: The Timeline
- Team Miracle and Dr. Firdevs at the Cyprus IVF Clinic start the fertility treatment by syncing the cycles of the donor and the patient with the use of birth control pills and the assistance of a synthetic hormone (i.e. leuprolide). This is because the mother’s uterus must be able to support an embryo right after we retrieve the donor’s eggs. To help the donor develop many mature eggs, Dr. Firdevs prescribes an ovulation-inducing drug called gonadotropin while the future mother takes progesterone and estrogen to prepare the uterus for the upcoming pregnancy. It’s not necessary to come to the clinic just yet.
- Next step involves the collection of the donor’s eggs once they are matured. The donor gets an anesthetic, and we retrieve the eggs from her ovaries with the use of a very fine needle inserted through the vaginal wall (directed by ultrasound).
- The rest of the procedure does not differ much from IVF, meaning that the partner’s sperm is combined with the eggs gathered from the donor in out state-of-the-art laboratories. At this point, it should be noted that for men with poor sperm motility or count, a donor’s sperm could also be considered. Then, we allow the fertilised eggs to become day 3 or day 5 embryos (depending on the case) before we transfer the 3 best embryos from a pool of 10 excellent-quality ones to your uterus. This will enhance your chances of a successful pregnancy remarkably. The selected embryos are then implanted in the mother’s uterus, where it grows into a healthy baby. If you wish, we can freeze any extra embryos for future use.
- Finally, about 2 weeks after the embryo transfer, you can take a pregnancy test (HCG blood test or urine test with a first-morning urine sample).
Frozen Donor Egg : The Procedure
There are some differences between the two types of fertility treatment (frozen and fresh donor eggs). First of all, there is no need to sync the cycles of the donor and the future mother although you do take the same type of medications that you would with fresh donor eggs. As we need to suppress the patient’s ovulation, we prescribe birth control pills, followed by estrogen and then progesterone. Several weeks after, Dr. Firdevs will check the uterus’ lining to determine whether it can support a pregnancy or not.
The frozen donor eggs are then thawed and fertilised with the partner’s sperm (or donor sperm if that’s impossible). The rest remains the same. Three to five days after the fertilisation, the embryos are transferred to the mother’s uterus (you can still choose the number of embryos transferred).
The treatment in both cases takes between 4-6 weeks to complete, and you may go home the very same day the embryos are transferred to your uterus. The things Dr. Fidevs recommends you avoid are any activity that can increase your core temperature (and consequently the temperature inside the uterus), such as saunas, sunbathing, jacuzzis, and hot showers. It’s also wise to have no sexual intercourse for 2 weeks. For more details, kindly ask Team Miracle’s knowledgeable and friendly patient coordinators or Dr. Firdevs herself.
Why Use Donor Eggs ? Advantages and Benefits.
Given that donor eggs come from healthy, young, and fertile women, your IVF success rates almost double compared to undergoing IVF using your own eggs if you are older than 40. Studies have shown that women using fresh eggs have about 44% chance of conceiving in each IVF cycle.
Besides, using frozen donor effs is a more cost-effective option than standards IVF procedure because there is no need to have your eggs retrieved. All we need to do is decide when you want the treatment to start as we don’t have to synch your cycle with the donor’s cycle. Finally, using donor eggs has helped thousands of healthy and well-prepared for parenting women in their 50s conceive and give birth to a healthy child so far.
One of the concerns some women have is how they can accept that they are not their child’s genetic mother. They don’t feel comfortable with the thought they need to be open with their child about their genetic origins. In this case, it’s always best to speak with a counselor, who will help you handle this situation with your family. However, the bond between mother and child grows by the day and starts from the moment the embryo is nicely tucked into the mother’s uterus. The love parents have with their offspring has nothing to do with who gave the genetic material to help get pregnant. Consider donor eggs a blessing; one of those we feel happy about every day for giving us something extraordinarily beautiful to cherish.
That said, Team Miracle has taken egg donation a step up as patients may even receive eggs from a close friend or family member, as long as they are healthy and pass our extensive screening process.
Without a doubt, the option of egg donation is a great asset in our hands that can help even couples of a more mature age or with fertility issues become parents. For more information on egg donation in Cyprus IVF Clinic, kindly contact us.