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Read our comprehensive IVF destinations abroad guide and understand IVF limits in popular countries. Get to know everything about legislation, IVF cost, IVF success rates and IVF clinics’ certification by country. You may also be interested in reading about top destinations for an egg donation abroad.

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IVF Abroad – how to find a clinic?

What we do well. We use our extensive experience to provide you with a set of unique tools which will make the whole process of finding a solution to your fertility problems a lot easier. These include;

  • IVF ABROAD – Patient’s Guide – comprehensive IVF countries comparison including law, restrictions, costs, success rates and more.
  • Listing trusted clinic profiles established by our leading consultants
  • Our innovative Clinic Matching Test which enables you to identify clinics who can address your specific requirements.
  • Unique content which allows you to comprehend and understand the complete egg donation treatment process including the risks and benefits associated with it.
  • #IVFANSWERS – Three IVF experts answer the same question in short videos.
  • Possibility to meet IVF experts and aks questions before you go anywhere via MyIVFanswers.com. On MyIVFanswers.com you’ll find a database of recorded videos (#IVFWebinars | #OnlinePatientMeetings) and questions asked during those events answered by IVF experts.

Before you go for an IVF abroad

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Egg Donation Abroad

The decision to undergo any form of fertility treatment abroad can be traumatic, confusing, upsetting and expensive. When you add in the array of treatments available in different clinics, in different countries it is no wonder that so many couples and individuals experience complete bewilderment.

There are so many basic elements to consider once you are faced with the necessity to undergo fertility treatment to satisfy your dream of having a baby. From wondering which IVF clinic or Egg Donation Programme is the best one to coming to terms with a whole new set of medical terms and IVF procedures such as PGS, PGD, ICSI, Blastocyst Culture amongst others.

Confused? You are not alone. Fertility treatment is an evolving science and one which is managed by individuals with considerable experience in fertility education, health promotion and medical intervention. We will help and guide you through key themes associated with fertility issues such as the availability of effective egg donation programmes abroad; the prevalance and reasons behind miscarriage, embryo implantation problems, embryo and oocyte quality.

Once you have learnt more about terms, treatments and associated issues you will be in a better place to consider the wide range of options available to you. Equipped with information and understanding we help you find the most appropriate, most skilled and experienced IVF clinics and professionals in Europe. 

What is Egg Donation Treatment?

Egg donation is a form of in-vitro fertilisation in which the patient uses donated oocytes (egg cells) to conceive. Retrieved eggs are fertilised with sperm, usually from the patient’s partner. Once cultivated and transferred, embryos may implant themselves in the patient’s uterus, hopefully leading to a successful pregnancy. The donation process can either be anonymous or non-anonymous.

The prospect of using an egg donor can feel overwhelming and daunting, often leaving patients full of questions and concerns. It is not an easy choice to make; the emotional mourning of fertility and the practical decisions on finding a donor and clinic are a lot to process. As intimidating as it may appear, however, for many women egg donation provides the best chances for a successful pregnancy.

For many infertile women, in vitro treatment with donor eggs is the only chance for maternity. The procedure may be adopted if:

  • Patient does not have or can not produce oocytes of her own – e.g. due to damaged or missing ovaries;
  • Patient’s ovaries malfunction prematurely;
  • Patient’s oocytes are of insufficient quality;
  • Patient has been diagnosed with genetic issues;
  • Patient has undergone multiple IVF programmes – without success;
  • Patient is over 40 years old.
  • IVF programmes with fresh donor eggs require the cycles of both the donor and recipient to be synchronized therefore the process requires planning and can be fairly rigid in order for synchronization to happen. As no invasive procedures are involved here – such programmes are often highly efficient (the success rate is about 50-70%).
  • IVF programmes with frozen donor eggs allows more flexibility when it comes to planning. However, this type of programme has certain limitations as well. Freezing and thawing oocytes may lower their quality which in turn can slightly reduce the success rate of infertility treatments by 5 to 10%. Yet in most cases, infertility clinics have extensive experience and proper equipment and are capable of neutralizing this issue successfully.

At the EggDonationFriends IVF clinics listing pages you will find out which overseas infertility clinic performs which type(s) of programme, to what extent effectively, and at what cost.

Undergoing an IVF treatment with donor eggs abroad has many advantages. There are an increasing number of fertility clinics in in numerous countries offering egg donation programmes and professional medical care to a very high standard. International couples, who decide to take a ‘pregnancy trip’ due to various reasons, are usually offered:

  • Easier access to certain services (e.g. no waiting lists, etc.);
  • High quality infertility treatments at lower costs than in their home country;
  • Fertility clinics’ experience in the field of egg donation programs;
  • IVF centres’ and fertility specialists’ internationally acclaimed reputation;
  • The attractive geographic location of fertility centres, so treatment can be combined with some time off in a holiday hot spot
  • The success rate of infertility treatment is higher than in national centres.

Oocyte recipients should prepare themselves for IVF treatment with donor eggs by undergoing necessary medical examination and testing. If no contraindications occur the patient may begin an egg donor programme which is likely to consist of the following stages:

  • Initial appointment with a fertility specialist;
  • Donor selection (parent-recipients should be assisted by a physician or embryologist);
  • Laboratory procedures (man deposits sperm to be used for donor’s eggs fertilization first – then embryos are cultured in the IVF lab);
  • A patient and embryo transfer preparation (woman takes medicines which make her uterus ready for taking the embryos; the embryo transfer procedure may require a short stay in a fertility centre).

If you are not sure whether you need to undergo an egg donation program, please consult an infertility specialist.

Before you make a final decision concerning your treatment abroad, think which of the above factors matter for you the most and ask for details in more than one fertility clinic. What else is good to know?

  • Legal regulations in the country of your choice – e.g. limitations on donating and receiving gametes, requirements to be met by donors, donorship anonymity regulations, procedures allowed within IVF programmes, limitation on the number of children born thanks to a single donor, etc.
  • Plan your travel and stay – find out the costs of travel, transfers and accommodation, check out where to seek help while your stay in a country, how to find your way around town, what places to see, etc.
  • Local healthcare conditions and standards – Please note that infertility treatment (including egg donation programmes) may lead to medical complications! As rare as they may be – it is highly advisable to know what aid you can count on in local hospitals. You may need to take specific medical documentation with you and/or purchase additional medical insurance prior to departure!
  • The most trustworthy, prestigious and credible IVF clinics in a country – who are the best fertility clinics, who are the most reliable, who offers the most affordable treatments
  • Find out what other patients (past or present) have to say: Simply ask the community!

Choosing a fertility centre to undergo infertility treatment is an important step! Before you take it, do consider a few things. Prior to selecting a clinic, please check:

  • Fertility centre’s overall experience in egg donation programmes;
  • Fertility specialists’ qualifications and experience as well as the technological equipment used by the clinic;
  • Whether the IVF clinic has its own egg bank or uses an external supplier;
  • How are egg donors evaluated/qualified (medical examination and verification);
  • What sort of donors’ information is available to international patients;
  • IVF clinic’s full offer, medical procedures availability and pricing options;
  • Languages that are spoken by the clinic’s personnel;
  • The success rates of egg donation programmes that are achieved by the fertility clinic.

When contacting an IVF clinic for the first time it is good to ask what the entire treatment process entails; how many visits will you have to make during your treatment and how long will each step last, what medical procedures are in use there and what assistance can you expect from the clinic (e.g. airport transfers, hotel booking, etc.).

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EggDonationFriends – who are we?

We are a small team of experienced fertility professionals who have gained knowledge from working in fertility clinics around the world. We are not medics but have gained a knowledge and appreciation of IVF and egg donation treatments from the perspective of the patient. Our dedication comes from experience. EggDonationFriends.com was created because we have experienced infertility first hand and are aware of the damaging and frustrating effects it can have. Your struggles are our struggles. We have spent a number of years devising unique and innovative ways of ‘opening up’ the fertility process – we want to share what we have learnt to enable you to be in the most strongest position in order that you may make fertility choices which are appropriate and effective.

We see our roles as ‘Friends’. Our job is not to dictate what country you should visit; what clinic you should go to or what treatment you should have. We want to give you options and enable you to make decisions based on accurate, transparent and truthful information. We use our position of experience and knowledge to work with IVF bloggers, authors, fertility specialists and counsellors gather as much information and guidance as we can. We believe we have developed a free service which is second to none. If you are looking for a fertility clinic abroad and specifically one which offers high quality egg donation treatment we feel we are best suited to advise. We don’t guarantee you a family but we can make sure you are in the best possible position to try for one.

We know how frustrating the egg donation experience can be. Let us guide you through the IVF and egg donation process; explain success rates; describe treatment protocols and share fertility and IVF related news from around the globe.

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