IVF using donor eggs
IVF using donor eggs offers excellent success rates, and can give you the help you need to start a family if you are unable to conceive with your own eggs.
If you decide that egg donation is right for you, rest assured that our experienced egg donation team will be there to support you every step of the way.
What is IVF with donor eggs?
IVF using donor eggs is a fertility treatment to support women who cannot conceive with their own eggs. For some women this can be because of a premature menopause, or because they cannot produce eggs after illness or surgery. It is also recommended for women who carry inherited conditions they fear passing onto their baby.
We only use eggs that have been donated and carefully screened, and fertilise these with either a partner or donor’s sperm. The fertilised egg is then transferred into your womb. In treatment with us you have the choice of either an open-identity or an anonymous egg donor.
All of our IVF treatments can be delivered flexibly with virtual consultations via video/phone, and scans and blood tests at a fertility clinic in your home country, keeping your travel time and costs to a minimum. Egg collection and embryo transfer procedures take place in our modern clinic in the heart of Copenhagen.
Who is it for?
Our IVF treatment using donor eggs is ideal for women in a variety of situations, including where:
- You do not produce you own eggs, either because of your age or because you have experienced premature menopause
- You have a low chance of success using your own eggs
- You are facing known fertility challenges
- Your own eggs carry a risk of a genetic disorder
- The function of your ovaries has been impaired, for example in cases of cancer treatment
IVF with donor eggs: what to expect
Your first step to starting treatment is to have a consultation with one of our multilingual medical team via video/phone. They will discuss any results of tests and scans previously undertaken then the develop a treatment plan offering the best chance of success.
Choose a donor
Choose your donor and reserve sperm. If using a sperm bank you can choose to purchase extended profiles for both anonymous and open donors, which can include a photo of the donor as a child, text he has written about himself, and other personal information. If you are using a private donor, they can visit the clinic to deliver sperm for freezing and storage with us.
Partner or Donor Sperm
If you are having treatment with a male partner, you can either transfer your partner's frozen sperm sample to our clinic in advance of treatment. Choosing to transfer frozen sperm will reduce the number of clinic visits and we can help arrange this process for you. Alternatively the male partner can provide a sample in person at our Copenhagen clinic.
If you using donor sperm, we will need to arrange for the sperm to be at the clinic ahead of your treatment.
Egg donor cycle
Your egg donor will undertake their cycle and we will collect the eggs when they are ready. We will keep you updated on how the cycle is progressing so you can organise your travel arrangements.
Fresh or Frozen Embryo Transfer
You can choose to have either a fresh or frozen embryo transfer created from your donor's eggs.
You can perform a urine pregnancy at home 14 days after transfer. If it is positive then you need to visit your doctor for a confirmation test. We recommend a pregnancy scan three weeks after a positive test (the eighth week of pregnancy), with your local clinic, and we ask you to let us know the results.
Anonymous donor (non-contact)
In Denmark, egg donation can be totally anonymous, which means that you and the donor do not know each other and cannot get any identifiable information now or later. The donor will stay anonymous to you and any child born from the donation
Open donor (contact)
In open donation, the donor is anonymous at the time of the donation but she gives her consent for any child born from the donation to contact Vitanova when the child turns 18 years of age. The young person will then receive more information about the donor, including her identity. You, as the recipient couple, cannot get any further information about the donor and the donor cannot get any information about you or your child.
We use the term ‘partner donation’ when a lesbian donates eggs to her partner, or when a man donates sperm to his female partner for insemination or IVF treatment. Lesbian couples can donate eggs to each other if there are medical grounds on which either of the women could receive an egg donation.
This means that both the egg and sperm are donated for your treatment. This method can be offered to couples whose own eggs or sperm cannot be used in the treatment on medical grounds. Unlike egg donation, with double donation at least one of the donors must be ‘open-identity’.
Known donation is when your donor is a friend or a family member. Donors will still undergo all the same tests and screening, and a doctor’s consultation is required for final evaluation.
What are the benefits of choosing IVF using donor eggs?
Success rates for egg donation tend to be very good, as eggs are donated by healthy women who have very high-quality eggs.
By choosing to send your partners sperm, or using one of our sperm donation service you help minimise your journey to just one clinic trip
Donation is carefully regulated, and donors complete genetic and medical questionnaires, as well as blood screens.
Any embryos created that are not used in this round of treatment can be frozen and stored for you to use in the future.
We are proud to have many consistant and reliable women ready to donate their eggs at Vitanova.