Cyprus IVF Frequently Asked Questions

Who is egg donation suitable for?

Egg donation, also known as egg transplantation, is a highly successful treatment method for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs.

It is suitable for the following individuals:

  • Those who are unable to achieve pregnancy using their own eggs due to various reasons, such as genetic disorders (e.g., Turner syndrome, gonadal dysgenesis).
  • Individuals carrying genetic diseases.
  • Women with a healthy uterus but who have entered menopause.
  • Women who have undergone surgical removal of their ovaries (due to reasons such as cancer, endometriosis, infection).
  • Women whose eggs have been damaged or lost due to treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
  • Women of advanced age with an insufficient number and/or quality of eggs for achieving pregnancy.
  • Women whose ovarian capacity has diminished at an early age.
  • Women who have experienced repeated failures with IVF treatment.

Egg donation offers a highly successful treatment option for these individuals to achieve pregnancy when using their own eggs is not possible.

How are egg donors selected?

When selecting our donors, we follow the principle of "healthy donor" and take into consideration not only the number and quality of eggs but also the sensitivity of our donation patients. We are aware that the donor selection process is a crucial stage for them. Therefore, as British Cyprus IVF Hospital, we offer services that are not commonly provided in many other IVF centers.

We not only conduct general health screenings for our donors but also offer comprehensive genetic carrier screening tests for conditions such as karyotype, cystic fibrosis, thalassemia, SMA, DMD, Fragile X, and more. We are the only hospital in Cyprus that provides these detailed genetic screening tests.

We monitor our donors' egg performance using specialized software, and our donor pool consists of individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds, making it the widest in Cyprus.

We provide a wide range of donors based on various criteria such as physical and mental health, educational level, ethnic background, and more.

Our donor selection process involves strict screening criteria that consider not only their medical characteristics but also their socio-cultural aspects, professions, physical appearances, and even personal lives.

Who is Recommended for Sperm Donation?
  • Individuals with undescended testicles who have suffered complete damage to sperm production due to not being operated on in a timely manner,
  • Patients whose sperm production has been impaired due to chemotherapy or radiation therapy,
  • Patients whose testicles have been damaged due to previous infectious diseases/mumps,
  • Patients who do not have a testicle due to trauma or other reasons, or patients who are unable to produce sperm due to genetic disorders,
  • Patients with repeated IVF failures where poor sperm quality is identified as the underlying cause,
  • Patients at risk of having children with genetic disorders due to consanguineous marriages,
  • Can be applied to single women or lesbian couples.
Selection Criteria for Sperm Donors

In our hospital, only certified sperm samples obtained from licensed sperm banks operating abroad are used. The available sperm samples are sourced from reliable banks that have the legal authorization for distribution (such as Cryos or European Bank). While we have a wide range of sperm samples from various ethnic backgrounds and blood types in our stock, if the patient wishes, they can select their preferred sperm from the bank and have it specially brought for them.

Screening is conducted for infectious diseases that can be transmitted through sperm and can cause serious health problems in the child. This includes tests for diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV (AIDS), Syphilis, Cytomegalovirus, Chlamydia, as well as genetic conditions with potential transmission, such as Cystic Fibrosis and Thalassemia (Mediterranean Anemia). Additionally, a comprehensive screening program is implemented, including karyotype (chromosome) analysis.

All genetic and serological screening tests, as well as psychosocial evaluations, conducted for the sperm donor are documented on certificates.

Can single women undergo sperm donation?
Yes, they can.
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Can donors access our information?

Absolutely not. Our donors and recipients do not have any contact or knowledge of each other. It is strictly ensured that our donors cannot access any information about the patients undergoing treatment.

Who is Recommended for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is recommended for couples diagnosed with infertility who are unable to conceive naturally. If women under the age of 35 have been actively trying to conceive through unprotected and regular intercourse for 1 year without success, it is advised to consider IVF. For women over the age of 35, if pregnancy has not occurred after 6 months of unprotected and regular intercourse, it is recommended to seek IVF without delay. In the case of women over 40, if pregnancy has not occurred after 3 months of regular and unprotected intercourse, it is advised to consult a gynecologist without delay.

When Does the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment Process Begin and How Long Does It Take?

The treatment process begins on the 2nd or 3rd day of the mother's menstrual cycle, after the necessary preparation treatments, and lasts approximately 15-18 days.

How long does the egg retrieval process take?

The egg retrieval process takes approximately 15 minutes. It is performed under general anesthesia, and no pain is felt during the procedure.

Will I feel any pain during the embryo transfer?

Is the transfer procedure painless, and anesthesia is not administered. Detailed information is provided regarding the precautions to be taken and the medications to be used after the transfer.

Do you have transportation and accommodation support in Cyprus?

During your treatment, our main goal is to minimize the impact of the process-related stress as much as possible. We arrange reservations for you at our affiliated hotels at affordable rates. We also provide assistance with transportation through our partnered taxi services.

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