Egg Donation in Spain and the Czech Republic
Lots of people are travelling abroad because there is a shortage of egg donors in the UK or the anonymity of egg donors is important. Many IVF clinics in the Czech Republic and Spain have a lot of experience of egg donation.
If you are considering egg donation in Spain or the Czech Republic then we have outlined areas that may be important to think about before going ahead. The list is not exhaustive and for more information visit the Donor Conception Network’s website.
Egg and sperm donors are anonymous in the Czech Republic and Spain. Therefore, unlike the UK, there are many egg and sperm donors and waiting lists for the treatment are practically unheard of. The egg donors in the Czech Republic and Spain must by law be no older than 35.
The Tissues and Cells Directive passed by the European Union is enforced within the Czech Republic and Spain. In the Czech Republic, SUKL (translated as the State Institute for Drug Control) is the authority in place which ensures all establishments undertaking assisted reproductive techniques are following the correct standards. In Spain, regional government carries out the inspections.
As a result, screening of donors is rigorous in the Czech Republic and Spain and donors are screened in the same way as the UK. Sexually transmitted diseases, genetically heritable diseases, psychological testing and implication counselling are routine and the tests have to be undertaken. Not all people who come forward to donate are accepted.
Whichever clinic you choose, it is important to find out as much as possible about the donors:
Featured Fertility Clinics
Gest (Praga Medica)
IVF Zlin Czech Republic
Sanus IVF Center
NewLife IVF Center
If you are considering egg donation as a possible treatment then you will most likely have thought long and hard about the implications of this choice. In contrast to the UK, donors are anonymous in many countries. Therefore a child conceived by IVF through either a donor egg or sperm will never be able to trace their parentage. This may not be important right now but it may be when the child grows up and certain questions are raised about any genetic predispositions.
Proper and adequate counselling should be sought to work through the short and long term consequences of your treatment. Although some clinics in the Czech Republic do have a recognised psychologist, it is usually the doctor who will discuss egg donation with you. This will be more from a medical point of view rather than considering any personal issues you may have.
In Spain, there are recognised counsellors on the staff. Counselling is usually offered but is not mandatory for international patients. Also, whilst English is spoken throughout the Czech Republic and Spain, on some issues you may feel more comfortable talking to a professional counsellor at home.
It is a good idea to consider:
The Donor Conception Network and the National Gamete Trust are good places to get more information and support.
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