Human egg (oocyte) donation was first introduced in 1983. It has evolved over the past 30 years into a relatively common procedure that addresses a variety of reproductive disorders.
Our Egg Donor Program helps match egg donors with women whose own eggs are unable to produce a pregnancy.
Gyncare IVF has one of the most established egg donation programs in Greece. Couples who want to be parents feel confident choosing us because of our experience and success rates.
Sometimes a woman’s eggs are not able to achieve pregnancy. This can be the result of age, illness, genetic abnormalities, prior surgeries, or an unsuccessful response to fertility medications used to stimulate ovulation, or egg production.
Egg donation allows a woman to conceive a child using her own healthy uterus. In this situation, the fertility specialist fertilizes the donated eggs. After that, he implants the resulting embryo into the uterus.
Donor egg IVF is a form of fertility treatment. They use a young, healthy woman’s eggs to produce embryos. Then, they transfer them to the recipient woman’s uterus in order to establish a pregnancy. The recipient carries the pregnancy to term and gives birth to the baby.
The donors are women of 18 to 30 years of age with no medical or surgical history. Doctors and fertility specialists screen her for genetic and infectious diseases.
Our percentages last year arrived at 88% which is the highest nationally.
This is because of three main factors:
Strict selection of young donors with no medical or surgical history.
Excellent preparation of the recipient.We study her medical case and apply a personalized protocol.
Use of fresh eggs. We synchronize the donor with the recipient. Fertility specialists retrieve eggs and fertilize them. Finally, after 5 days they transfer the blastocysts.
Diagnostic hysteroscopy with endometrial scratch and biopsy for chronic endometritis is obligatory for us.
The patient can do it before coming to Greece or even at our clinic at a low cost.
What about epigenetics?
Epigenetics is the study of the changes in gene activity which are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence – it is the study of gene expression. We already know that our lifestyle has an important impact on epigenetics. It seems that secretions from the mother’s womb penetrate the pre-implanted embryo. They also influence the development of the baby. So there are certain conditions and habits from the mother, like smoking or obesity, which can modify the woman’s cells.
Those cells can also be found in the endometrium, and these in turn can make some changes in the fluid in the womb. The endometrium interacts with the baby, and the genetic information secretion. These findings show us that there is an exchange between the endometrium and the embryo. Actually there are coincidences of certain physical characteristics between mothers and children, born through egg donation.