Egg Donation

Egg donation is a fertility option not readily available to more women in many countries. This eliminates one of the best medical developments in fertility treatment and one that offers very high success rates. In Thailand, Egg Donor programs are readily available to women up the age of 55 and are very economical. You can begin the process in a very short space of time - often as little as 6-weeks.

Success Rates

Using a Donor is the perfect solution for mature women wishing to have a baby.

First time success rates for Doctor’s Egg Donor Program exceed 60%, which compares very favorably with other programs anywhere in the world.

The Treatment

Egg Donation is a very easy treatment to undergo for the mother-to-be, since it is far simpler to perform an embryo transfer than a full IVF cycle using a woman's own eggs.

The combination of high success rates and comparative simplicity and ease of the treatment ensures that the Egg Donation experience is very different for most patients from previous frustrations with IVF using their own eggs.

Egg Donor Procedure Overview

Your first step is to select a donor. The medical staff will then coordinate your cycle with that of the donor to obtain a fresh embryo transfer. Synchronization of cycles includes using a series of medications to facilitate a hospitable uterine environment for transfer of embryos. All viable eggs produced in a single donor cycle are fertilized with your partner's sperm, and all embryos belong to you. If there are more embryos than required for your transfer you can store your extra embryos using Cryopreservation. Cryopreserved embryos can be used for subsequent attempts at pregnancy whether or not your fresh transfer is successful.

In general, any woman with a medical or genetic indication for using an egg donor can be a recipient, as long as there are no medical contraindications to pregnancy. Our current age limit is 55 years.

If a male problem also exists, Donor Egg IVF with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection into the eggs) is also available. Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration (NSA) can be used with ICSI if the male partner has had a vasectomy and wishes to avoid surgical reconstruction, or if there are other complications as absence of sperm in the ejaculate.

Egg Donors

The clinic will offer you a large selection of screened donors. They are primarily young Thai women with an average age of 26, including many with high level education such as university.

Our Doctor is fully aware that choosing an egg donor can be an intense and emotional process. You can be assured that:

  • All donors are rigorously screened
  • The Doctor and his staff are available to review your family history and the donor's history and answer any questions you may have.
  • Extensive information is provided on all donors, and you get to make all the final decisions on the donor to be used for your family.
  • The time from your initial referral to the commencement of your Egg Donation program can be a little as 6-weeks. Generally, you only need to stay in Thailand for 5 days for a full Egg Donor treatment cycle.
  • Donor selection can be accomplished over the internet before you come to Thailand- in fact; we recommend this to make sure you secure the Donor of your choice.
  • Our Doctor’s experience assures you of the best possible chance of success for donor cycles, including both fresh and subsequent frozen embryo cycles (if pregnancy is not immediately achieved).
  • Egg Donor services may be combined, where appropriate, with other specialized programs like PGD Gender Selection or Surrogacy.

The Medical Procedure

If you are using a Donor, the cycle begins once you have selected your Egg Donor.

At this time the donor will begin taking medication to suppress her ovaries. Once you have both had menses, your cycles are coordinated. This can be done while you are still in your home country. You will start using estrogen to establish a healthy endometrial lining and the donor will begin the stimulation of her ovaries with gonadotropins. When the follicles on her ovaries have reached a mature size (generally 10 -15 days) the Doctor will notify you that he is are ready for the next step. At this time you see your local doctor for an ultrasound to measure the thickness of your endometrial lining.

Embryo Transfer

The day after egg retrieval and sperm collection the Doctor, or a member of his medical team, will contact you with the results of the retrieval (how many mature eggs have been retrieved) and the results of fertilization (how many viable embryos you have). You will decide how many embryos you wish to transfer and how many you wish to store for later use using Cryopreservation. Embryo transfer is performed 5 days after retrieval.

On the day of embryo transfer, the Doctor will confirm with you the number of embryos that you would like transferred – due to the possibility of multiple pregnancies he usually advises couples not to transfer more than 2 embryos. The transfer requires no special preparation on your part. Transfer of the embryos directly into the uterus is done under ultrasound guidance and you and your partner will be able to watch the procedure via the ultrasound screen. The discomfort is minimal and no anesthetic is required. The transfer is usually fairly quick and you can return to your hotel after two hours of rest in the hospital’s recovery room.

You will also be given your Embryo details and photographs as a record of your procedure.

Pregnancy Test

10 days after the embryo transfer you will have a serum (blood) pregnancy test. This can be performed at the Doctor’s clinic if you remain in Thailand or with your local doctor when you return home. It is important to rest and relax for two days after the transfer but after that you can travel home. You will continue with both oral and vaginal progesterone and oral estrogen until the pregnancy test. If the pregnancy test is negative you will discontinue all medications and will probably begin a period within the next week. If the pregnancy test is positive you will need to recheck your estrogen and progesterone levels. You will continue the estrogen and progesterone for another 10 weeks (until 12 weeks gestation when the placenta will be supporting the pregnancy).


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