How the egg donation process works at Newlife IVF Greece

by Chrysa Karakosta, last updated 02 Mar 2016

The egg donation process at Newlife IVF Greece can be separated in 6 simple steps:

Step 1: First contact and Initial Consultation

This is the first step for you to start this journey and it involves either a Skype consultation or an on-site visit so that we can explain the whole process but also have the time to go through your medical history and understand your needs.

Step 2: Recruitment and testing of donor and preliminary testing for you

Once we have the final ok from you, we will start the recruitment process for a specific egg donor for you, as we run all of our treatment cycles fresh and on a one to one basis (one donor-one recipient). The donor will be selected according to your blood group (s) and also the characteristics you have requested and will be thoroughly screened. This process usually takes 1-3 months.

At the same time you will need to have all the required tests and together we will prepare everything for your cycle (prescriptions, treatment plan and where to have your monitoring scans).

Step 3: Egg donor stimulation - recipient endometrial preparation

When your donor is ready to start her ovarian stimulation you will need to start your endometrial preparation. This can be done in your own home country, as all that is required is tablet supplementation and for the monitoring simple transvaginal ultrasound scans (approximately 2-3 are required).

Step 4: Donor’s egg collection & embryo culture

On the day of the donor’s egg collection your partner/husband or donor sperm will be used to fertilise the eggs collected. The embryos will be cultured for 5 further days as all of our embryo transfers are performed on day 5 at the blastocyst stage.

To reduce the length of your stay in Greece your husband/partner may opt to travel ahead of the treatment and cryopreserve his semen sample. This process does not affect the final outcome of the treatment cycle.

Step 5: Embryo transfer and embryo cryopreservation

This is a simple process performed under ultrasound guidance to ensure that the embryos are placed in the correct place in the womb without any trauma to the endometrial cavity. All good surplus embryos are cryopreserved for future use, either if a cycle is not successful or for sibling offspring.

Step 6: Pregnancy test

The pregnancy test is performed 14 days post donor’s egg collection.

If you would like more information about how this process works and would also like to have a free Skype consultation, so that we can discuss your case in particular, please contact us directly through our site.

Chrysa Karakosta

Chrysa Karakosta, BSc, MSc

Chrysa is the Lab co-Director at Newlife IVF Greece, in Thessaloniki Greece, from the beginning of 2010 and now heads the International Patient Department.

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