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Embryo donation

Embryo donation at AVA-Peter

Embryo donation (sometimes known as embryo adoption) is a treatment that can offer you the chance of parenthood when you need sperm as well as eggs to create a pregnancy. At AVA-Peter, we have our own egg and sperm donor banks. This allows us to offer you a choice of healthy, attractive, young donors who are ready to start treatment as soon as you are. We achieved a pregnancy rate of 72% using fresh donor embryos in 2008-2012.

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Why come to us?

If you need to use embryos rather than just sperm or eggs to get pregnant, AVA-Peter can help you. We can provide you with embryos from professional, carefully selected donors to give you a high chance of success (72% pregnancy rate in 2008-2012). Thanks to the donor anonymity laws in Russia and the fact that donors may be compensated by clinics, we have a large bank of egg and sperm donors available. Our doctors are sympathetic and highly experienced, and we aim to make the whole procedure clear and easy for you, especially if you are travelling to us from another country in search of embryo donation treatment. AVA-Peter offers a very personal matching service, which means we can nearly always offer you donors with similar physical features (for example hair and eye colour) to your own. You can start treatment very quickly as we have no waiting lists, and we aim to be as flexible as possible to fit treatment around your other commitments. Moreover, we offer a clear and very competitive pricing structure, which gives you peace of mind right from the start.

Who can benefit?

Sometimes it is not possible for people to become parents without the help of both an egg donor and a sperm donor. This may be because a couple’s own eggs and sperm are unfortunately not of sufficiently good quality to be successful with other forms of fertility treatment, such as IVF (or even IVF with ICSI). This may be the case if a couple have repeatedly produced poor-quality embryos with donated eggs, which have been transferred without creating a pregnancy. Other reasons for using embryo donation (rather than egg donation) may be that it is impossible to collect or use the male partner’s sperm or that there are genetic reasons why his sperm cannot be used. Single women and lesbian couples who have experienced difficulty in getting pregnant (for example when using their own eggs and donated sperm) or who are aged over 40 can also benefit from embryo donation. In all these groups of people, embryo adoption can be a very successful method of fertility treatment.

At AVA-Peter we can treat married couples, unmarried couples, lesbian couples and single women, as long as the woman receiving donated embryos is under 51 years of age.

What are the options?

At AVA-Peter, we offer you several ways to become a parent by using embryos created from the eggs and sperm of fertile donors. The main difference is that you can choose whether to have a ‘personal donor’ or a ‘clinic donor’.

embryo donation born babies Personal donors

With a ‘personal donor’, you are personally matched to the egg and sperm donors, and you receive all the embryos that are created. This is the most individual but also the most expensive option, at 8850 euros. One or two fresh embryos are replaced. If you have any more good-quality embryos, these can be frozen for use in the future. This means you have the chance of becoming pregnant with a second child from the same egg donor and sperm donor, so your children will be genetic siblings. It costs 350 euros to freeze the extra embryos and then 1850 euros for a frozen-thawed embryo transfer.

Clinic donors

With a ‘clinic donor’, the eggs and sperm are donated to the clinic by our professional donors and the clinic provides one or two high quality embryos to the recipient, but no embryo freezing. The eggs can be used in several ways. If they are fertilised immediately to create embryos, one or two fresh high quality embryos will be transferred to one ore two recipients and any remaining embryos will belong to the clinic and will be frozen and placed within the frozen embryo bank of the clinic. Eggs can also be frozen without being fertilised, and can be defrosted later to be fertilised with the sperm of a suitable male donor. Selecting a ‘clinic donor’ means you can still choose whether you are happy with the details of the donors in our donor bank, but the matching is not as individual. This is a less expensive option at 4790 euros for a fresh embryo transfer, or 2800 euros for a frozen-thawed transfer using embryos stored in our embryo bank.

Success rates

Our success rates are the same whether you opt for a ‘personal donor’ or a ‘clinic donor’. In 2008-2012, we achieved a 72% pregnancy rate when transferring 2 fresh embryos, and 55% when transferring 1 fresh embryo. As in all forms of IVF treatment, transferring fresh embryos is always more successful than transferring frozen embryos. When working with frozen embryos, we therefore tend to transfer 2 rather than 1 each time. Our pregnancy rate for transferring 2 frozen donor embryos in 2008-2012 was 50%.

Gender selection

If it is important to you to select the sex of your child, this is only possible if you have a ‘personal donor’ rather than a ‘clinic donor’. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, we need to examine the chromosomes of several embryos in order to see which are male and which are female. This is no problem if you have a ‘personal donor’ because you receive all the embryos that are created (rather than just 2, which is the number you receive if you have a ‘clinic donor’). There is therefore a very good chance that half of the embryos from a ‘personal donor’ will be of the desired sex, while this may not be the case if you only have 2 embryos from a ‘clinic donor’. Secondly, the examination procedure starts on Day 3 after egg collection, when a single cell is taken from each embryo, but the selected embryos are only transferred on Day 5 (at the blastocyst stage). If you are using frozen embryos from our embryo bank, these will have been frozen at the blastocyst stage and it will not be possible to examine their chromosomes before they need to be transferred to your uterus.

children born vith help of embryo donation

Advantages of embryo donation at AVA-Peter:

We have a large egg donor and sperm donor database, which means there is no waiting list for a ‘personal donor’. If you prefer to use fresh embryos from a ‘clinic donor’, we can usually offer you an acceptable match within a short timescale. When using frozen embryos from our embryo bank, it is simply up to you when you want to come to us, as the embryos are ready to be defrosted at any time. Whichever method you choose, we aim to work flexibly to fit in with your schedule. Furthermore, our prices are clear and affordable.

AVA-Peter offers a very personal service when matching you with our embryo donors. The majority of embryo donors (egg donors and sperm donors) have a North European appearance, which means that most of them have hair that is either blond or brown, and blue, green, grey or brown eyes. You may be confident that your wishes are respected in terms of making the right match, and our ISO-9001 certification guarantees the quality of our services.

Who may be an embryo recipient?

Under Russian law, AVA-Peter is allowed to accept women up to 51 years of age who would like to receive donor embryos. Embryo recipients may be married, in a relationship (heterosexual or homosexual) or single.

Who may be an egg donor?

Our egg donors are all under 30 years of age, and on average are only 26. They have proven fertility as they must have at least one child of their own. We can offer you a choice of attractive, intelligent and healthy donors, because our recruitment and screening process for egg donors is extremely thorough. They must all firstly pass a complete medical evaluation by a doctor, gynaecologist and psychiatrist, and are additionally tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C every 3 months.

Who may be a sperm donor?

Our sperm donors are men aged between 25 and 40 who are sporty, healthy and well-educated, and who already have their own healthy child(ren). They have an attractive appearance but no dominating features. Our recruitment and screening process for sperm donors ensures that the sperm we use is of high quality. Because only frozen-thawed sperm is used at AVA-Peter, we are able to check it again for HIV and hepatitis 6 months after it has been frozen. We only use the sperm to fertilise our donors’ eggs after the results of the second check-up are known.

Treatment schedule

Clinical pregnancy rates for embryo donation in 2006 - 2012: 72%

after transfer of 2 fresh embryos on day 5 (at blastocyst stage)

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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... Enjoy  this touching and sincere documentary by Jorien van Nes

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