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Embryo donation

If pregnancy cannot be achieved using sperm from the partner or the patient’s own oocytes, we can offer treatment using embryos from our donors. FertiCare Prague has a system for finding suitable donors, which means wait times are minimal. The IVF physician chooses a suitable egg and sperm donor based on a questionnaire filled out by the recipient and her partner. We always do our best to choose donors as close as possible to the desired phenotype parameters. If the recipients are not from Europe and only want donors from their own ethnic background, it may take a while longer to find suitable donors.

Under Czech and EU legislation, embryo donation is a completely legal act. The procedure and treatment is the same as in the case of donor oocytes and sperm. Donors may not receive compensation for their donation under any circumstances. The donation process is fully anonymous for both donors and recipients, including the children born through this method.

As a medical institution, we are required to keep donors’ medical documentation on archive for a period of 30 years. FertiCare Prague is listed as an institute for reproductive medicine and genetics. We are licensed by the Czech State Institute for Drug Control (SUKL) and are subject to strict, regular inspections by public authorities (SUKL, Czech Ministry of Health).

Embryo (and egg) donation course of treatment

► Step 1 Registration
► Step 2 Consultation
► Step 3 Choosing a donor
► Step 4 Synchronizing your cycle with your donor’s cycle
► Step 5 Embryo transfer
► Step 6 Pregnancy test

1. Registration

You can register by telephone, online or in person.

It’s important that we get to know our clients before the first visit. Filling out our questionnaires and providing any medical findings and reports from previous examinations or treatment cycles you may have already undergone all provide us with useful information. Send us as much documentation as possible in advance and bring the originals with you to your consultation.

We will also need:

  • Blood tests
  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap smear
  • Seminogram (semen analysis) for your partner

We can perform all these procedures at our clinic, of course.

2. Consultation

After completing your registration, the consultation will take place at the FertiCare clinic. If you do not want to travel to the Czech Republic, we can have the consultation over Skype.

One of our IVF experts will discuss the most important points in the treatment with you and answer any questions you may have. If you decide to undergo treatment with us, we will put together an individual treatment plan for you.  Next we will need to synchronize your cycle with your donor’s cycle. The semen analysis, sperm cryopreservation and any tests you haven’t yet had can all be performed on the day of the consultation.

3. Choosing a donor

Egg donation is legal and anonymous in the Czech Republic.
You can feel free to tell us about any parameters you have for choosing a donor. Knowing your criteria (eye or hair color, height, blood type, etc.) will help us find the right donor as quickly as possible. We have one of the largest donor databases in the region  and we can start treatments at any time with no long wait periods.

Our donor database only includes healthy young women between 18 and 32 years old. Before we add donors to our database, we have them do an interview with our IVF physician. In order to make sure that donors meet our high standards, we also take medical histories for the donor and donor’s family.

Only once they have passed all the tests do we put them into our database.

Every donor has to be examined according to EU regulations. They have blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and syphilis.

Since we give each client a new donor, we have no problem complying with all the relevant regulations in the donor program.

4. Synchronizing cycles

Once all the necessary examinations are complete and we have put together your individual treatment plan, we can start synchronizing your cycle with your donor’s cycle. The stimulation process for the donor lasts about 12 to 16 days.

5. Embryo transfer

Embryo transfer (to the uterus) usually takes place three to five days after egg retrieval, depending on how the embryos develop. Embryo transfer does not require any anesthesia. The procedure is quite similar to a normal pelvic exam and lasts about 10-15 minutes.

6. Pregnancy test

The pregnancy test usually comes 14 days after embryo transfer. We recommend that you use this period to relax as much as possible and continue taking any medications and vitamins prescribed in your treatment plan.

If you have a positive pregnancy test 14 days after transfer, the next appointment you’ll need is with your OB/GYN.

Please continue taking your medications until your doctor says they are no longer necessary.