Many couples also require an egg donor as well as surrogacy. Choosing your egg donor presents 3 possible choices:
- Using a friend, family member or altruistic donor
Ideally your donor will be under 35 years old and she will be required to undergo hormone level tests and an infectious disease screen. Depending on your clinic, further tests may be requested.
- An Anonymous egg donor
Many clinics are not legally permitted to identify their egg donors and therefore you will not be given her name or be able to see photos. She is usually matched with your preferences ( eye, hair and skin colour, height, weight etc). You can also request her to be matched with a photograph of yourself.
There are clinics who insist IP's accept a donor of the Doctor's choice, but we do not refer to these Doctors and you do not have to accept these conditions- there are alternate choices.
Greek Cyprus and Northern Cyprus have Anonymous egg donors.
- A known donor
Georgia, South Africa, Asia, Ukraine, Mexico and the USA amongst others are able to offer photos and detailed information including past pregnancies, number of children if any, area of study/occupation etc.
In both Georgia and Ukraine, you are legally required to be a married couple to proceed with ED Surrogacy within the country. You are able to meet the egg donor if you so choose, and many of the donors are also prepared to travel to the clinic of your choice.
- Proven donors can be offered by each of the clinics. A proven donor is one who has donated before with a successful pregnancy resulting.
Success rates with donor eggs are 50-70% at these clinics. One visit is required, which is to leave the semen sample on the same day as the egg retreival.
You are able to proceed as soon as your surrogate and your chosen donor are synchronised, which takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
If you would like access passwords to the on-line databases of egg donors, please email me and I will forward those to you.