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AVA-Peter Clinic: Experts in egg donation, embryo adoption and PGS.

In Russia AVA-Peter is famous for its high-tech lab, skilled embryologists and clever physicians so that couples from all over Russia seek help at AVA-Peter after several unsuccessful IVFs at their local clinics.

Abroad AVA-Peter is famous for its developed Pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos, highly cost-efficient and affordable Embryo adoption (=Embryo donation) Programme and very selective Egg Donation Programme. AVA-Peter’s detailed Egg Donor Data Base with photos of donors is the only one in Europe.

AVA-Peter Clinic was opened in St. Petersburg in 1996. It belongs to the international network of AVA-Clinics which all provide IVF services in Europe and Russia at the same high medical standards.

AVA-Peter is the largest private IVF clinic in Russia, and performs over over 6,000 egg collections a year in 5 labs in Russia.

Our pregnancy rates are the highest in Russia, and our multiple pregnancy rates are the lowest. We prefer to increase pregnancy rates and live birth rates through quality and care rather than through the number of embryos transferred in the uterus. We look that our procedures are both: efficient and safe.

Our success is based on individually tuned medical treatment, careful culture of embryos to day 5 and thorough selection of embryos for transfer and freezing on the basis of both: morphology and genetics.


The highest success rates are achieved when choosing the best embryos for transfer on day 5 on the basis of morphologic criteria and genetic screening (PGS). Clinical pregnancy rates after transfer of single blastocyst chosen on the basis of morphologic criteria and normal for 23 chromosome pairs are 60%.

We are the first Russian IVF clinic who developed and introduced quality management system (QMS) for IVF scopes in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. We have been ISO 9001:2008 certified by LGA InterCert GmbH since 2008.

Our clinic has a united and inspired team of physicians, embryologists, geneticists, biologists and nurses whose joint efforts and professionalism is the key to the comfort and success of your treatment.



Pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos at the AVA-Peter Clinic, St. Petersburg

The first healthy baby after pre-implantation genetic testing diagnosis in AVA-Peter was born in 2000.

Since 1999 AVA-Peter was the only clinic in Russia which could help men and women carriers of chromosome aberrations (translocations, inversions and deletions) to use own egg and sperm and become mothers and fathers of healthy children having no chromosome aberrations.

Couples from all over Russia came to AVA-Peter to exclude genetic disease in an off-springs.

Since 2013 AVA-Peter has implemented PGS for 23 chromosome pairs

which significantly increases success rates in all the patient groups:

  • PGS increase implantation rates and live birth rates
  • PGS reduces time to pregnancy and live birth
  • PGS Reduces miscarriage rates
  • Helps avoid freezing and storage of abnormal embryos
  • Reduces risk of Down syndrome

A wrong chromosome number in an embryo is the major reason for a morphologically good embryo not being able to attach and/or progress to a live born baby.

Testing of all 23 chromosome pairs in “good looking “ blastocysts helps to choose those for transfer which do not only have the highest chance to attach, but also to stay and result in live birth.

Clinical pregnancy rates after single elective blastocyst transfer chosen on the basis of morphology and genetic screening are 60% in our clinic.

PGS for 23 chromosome pairs eliminates the negative effect of maternal age on implantation and reduces time to pregnancy.

Egg Donation at the AVA-Peter Clinic, St. Petersburg

Egg donation is a treatment that can offer you the chance of motherhood when other treatments, such as IVF, have been tried and have failed. This may happen at any age, but repeated failures are more common in women in their late 30s and 40s. However, women in this age group usually have a uterus able to support a pregnancy. Therefore it is still possible to become a mother through egg donation even if your own eggs cannot be used. AVA-Peter accepts women aged up to 51 who wish to receive donor eggs. You may be married, in a relationship or single.

If you need egg donation, AVA-Peter is a sympathetic, experienced and highly professional clinic with high success rates and reasonable prices.

Our egg donors are aged under 30, with an average age of just 26. They are fertile, with at least one child of their own. They undergo a complete medical evaluation by a doctor, gynaecologist and psychiatrist, and are screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and C every 3 months.

Together with IDEAS we offer you THE ONLY ONE Egg Donor Data Base IN EUROPE!

  • More than 600 loyal, healthy, attractive, educated young egg donors egg donors
  • 200 egg donors available for you to choose from at any time who are ready to start treatment as soon as you are.
  • We provide you with more than 150 personal details about each egg donor, including photos of them under the age of 10 and copies of their own motivation letters.

If you need any help while choosing a donor, our Team is happy to guide you through the Data Base and help you to make the best choice. Please send us an e-mail to to receive your 7 day, free of charge, access to the whole Data Base.

Our excellent success rates, expertise and experience in egg donation has enabled us to introduce the Money back system into our daily practice. If after 3 fresh egg donation tries no baby is born, we return 70% of your money back.

Embryo adoption at the AVA-Peter Clinic, St. Petersburg

Our embryo adoption programme welcomes women in the age under 51, whether single, in relationship or married.

Why is AVA-Peter Embryo Adoption Programme so successful, safe and affordable?

  • We never use embryos from fertility patients so that success rates are high and no fertility issues are passed to the child.
  • We use only excellent fresh donor eggs from young healthy professional egg donors, who have won children (not IVF patients!), and who has donated before with positive result
  • We use only excellent donor sperm from young healthy professional sperm donors, who have own children and who has donated before with positive result
  • Fertilization by IVF, not ICSI!
  • Selection of embryo for transfer is done on day 5 based on both, morphologic and genetic criteria
  • Pregnancy rates are 60% with one embryo
  • The programme is very affordable because instead of covering all the expenses connected to  individual egg donor, a patient may receive just one or two blastocysts of excellent morphology and normal for 23 chromosomes from our extended donor embryo bank.
  • The embryo adoption treatment at our clinic is available as one try, 2 package and money back guarantee programme.

In our clinical practice we increase success rates not through the number of embryos transferred, but through thorough selection of potential egg and sperm donors and high standards in the laboratory to ensure only excellent quality blastocysts are selected and used.

Why come to St. Petersburg?

The city of St. Petersburg is located on the west coast of Russia, and is easily reached by a short flight from many European cities. It is known as “The Venice of the North”, due to its beautiful, intricate architecture and many picturesque canals. There are dozens of important historical and cultural highlights, together with a wide choice of shops, restaurants and hotels, in and around the central area where AVA-Peter is located. All of this makes St. Petersburg a pleasant place to spend your time in between visits to our clinic.

Interested in egg donation at AVA-Peter?

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Our patients tell their stories

  • Willeke and Mario from Netherlands come to AVA-Peter for egg donation treatment…
    Enjoy  this touching and sincere documentary by Jorien van Nes

    Willeke and Mario from Netherlands come to AVA-Peter for egg donation treatment…<br/>Enjoy  this touching and sincere documentary by Jorien van Nes

    To watch the full version of the documentary free of charge, please send us an e-mail and we will be happy to provide you with a link and a password