Embryo donation in Prague
The Czech Republic's legislature allows homologous as well as heterologous artificial insemination i.e. egg donation, semen donation and embryo donation. According to Czech law, the age limit for women who can undergo these treatments is 48 years. This means that at age 49 it is no longer possible to undergo artificial insemination treatments.
At our clinic we offer the option of freezing eggs, sperm and embryos, choosing the number of transferred embryos etc.
If necessary, you can be hospitalised at our clinic. That way there is no need to search for a hospital in a foreign country.
Our embryo donation program is designed for couples that, even after hormonal stimulation, have not produced eggs that can be used and healthy spermatozoa are not available. The treatment is similar to an artificial insemination with egg donation and sperm donation.
The embryos are created for the recipient couple. Our clinic does NOT use the embryos of other couples.
The entire treatment at our clinic requires only 2 appointments – consultation and embryo transfer.
Egg donation is used for women who:
- Do not have their own eggs.
- Were born without ovaries.
- Have not become pregnant despite assisted fertilisation treatments.
- Are carriers of a genetic abnormality (genetic disease).
- Have undergone surgery on their ovaries.
- Have undergone radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
- Whose partner/husband's sperm cannot be collected or used.
Semen donation is used for men who:
- Are carriers of a genetic abnormality (genetic disease).
- Have sperm that cannot be collected or used.
- Suffer from disruption of spermatogenesis, reduced motility of the spermatozoa or have trouble with transportation of the sperm.
- Suffer from diseases that affect the entire body (diabetes, thyroid disease, etc.).
- Suffer from impaired sexual function (due to paralysis, etc.).
We can also make the first consultation via Skype, during which we can explain the entire process to you.
Our donors have to make several visits to our doctors and undergo a number of tests in order to be entered into our registry, which means our selection process is very thorough. Our donors are subject to selection criteria specified under the law. All of them hold at least a diploma and have undergone certain medical examinations.
Our female donors, who are mostly students and young mothers with their own children, are between 20-34 years old. Our male donors are young men between 18 – 39 years old.
We make an effort to find donors whose physical appearances correspond to those of the recipients (blood-type, hair colour, eye colour, height, weight, skin type, etc.). The main part of our work is to satisfy our patients and therefore we take their preferences into account when it comes to our donors and our goal – the birth of a healthy baby.
The waiting time for finding a compatible donor, i.e. being able to go forward with the embryo donation, is none. Once the donors are found, we move forward with the stimulation, which lasts about 1-2 months.
Donation in the Czech Republic is completely anonymous.
The clinic has its own sperm bank. Unlike egg donation, which involves fertilising the eggs the same day as they are collected, frozen semen selected from our sperm bank is used to fertilise the eggs. As a result, the wait time for finding a sperm donor is almost none.
The cost of all of our treatments can be found on our price list.
We ask all of our patients for a recent PAP test and tests of hormone levels in the blood (FSH, LH, PRL, E2, progesterone, fT3, fT4, TSH) before the first interview, so that the results will be available for the individual consultation with one of our doctors. The tests for hormone levels need to be done between 2nd and 4th day of the cycle, so at the beginning of the period. The results cannot be more than 6 months old. The patients can send us these results via email or fax so that the doctor can receive these results before the first interview.
We also offer the option of freezing sperm at our clinic to evaluate the quality of the spermatozoa and recommend the most effective laboratory method. In these cases we recommend that you abstain from sexual activity for 2-4 days beforehand. This sample is used for both analysis as well as a reserve in case of need (disease, accident, etc.).
The consultation usually lasts about one hour, and you are free to ask the doctor any questions you may have. During the consultation the doctor will go over your results, perform other analyses and tests, make diagnoses and inform the couple about the possible treatment options and about the different laboratory procedures that will follow.
Immediately after the consultation we will provide you with medications and corresponding instructions if you decide to go forward with the treatment.
Hormonal stimulation of oestrogens (Estrofem in tablet form, Estrahexal patches, etc) is done at home. During the stimulation we will need an ultrasound examination of the endometrium (uterine cavity) from a gynaecologist because it's necessary to monitor the development of the endometrium. The ultrasound checkup can be done by your own gynaecologist (between the 10th and 13th day), which means it's not necessary to make a further appointment at our clinic.
The videos on the link below are in English and offer tutorials for subcutaneous injection application of all stimulation drugs used by our clinic.
You can watch all the videos here.
In case of any further question, please use our contact form.
We usually transfer two embryos. You can speak with the doctor and embryologists about the number of embryos transferred. When more embryos are being transferred, the success rate increases, as do the risks for both the mother and the foetuses. In an effort to eliminate these risks, we make this decision with each couple individually.
One hour after the embryo transfer, you will be able to leave our clinic and travel.
Pregnancy should be confirmed via pregnancy test 14 days after the embryo transfer – urine tests are widely vailable at pharmacies, better yet are blood tests measuring the levels of hCG (the Beta hCG).
The ISCARE clinic has its own specialised laboratory, which is a necessity for its long-term success. Thanks to the knowledge and experience of of our laboratory staff/personnel and our doctors, our success rate doctors our success rate is between 48 – 50 %.
At the same time we have been able to reduce the number of multiple pregnancies. Multiple pregnancies can be a complication of in vitro fertilization and are risky for the mother as well as the foetuses.
Over time, our success rate for artificial insemination with embryo donation is increasing at the same time we are minimising the number of multiple pregnancies.
Thanks to the use of modern laboratory methods, the success rate of the treatment has been considerably increased.