Frequently asked questions

The donors at the ISCARE centre are young women aged between 20 and 34, and are often mothers or students. They all have at least a high school diploma and have undergone various medical examinations - genetic, gynecological, hormonal, laboratory tests for sexually transmitted diseases, etc.

The donor is selected for the recipient according to blood type and Rh factor, phenotype, eye, hair and skin color, and body type. In the Czech Republic donation is completely anonymous, and therefore the identity of both the donor and the recipient is kept confidential (for this reason it is not possible to bring a friend, sister, etc. that would like to donate her eggs to the recipient).

Following the stimulation of the donor and synchronization between the donor and recipient, the eggs from the donor are removed. All the eggs of a donor are intended for a single recipient. At our clinic we only transfer fresh, high-quality embryos.

How long does the entire process take until the transfer?
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Are there waiting times?

No. At our clinic we save valuable time thanks to our database of available donors that are ready for donation.

What is the success rate at the ISCARE clinical centre?

We are pleased to report that our success rate is higher than 48-50%.

Up to what age can a woman be treated for fertility in the Czech Republic?

According to the law we can treat all women up to 49 years old. On the day of the transfer the woman cannot be older than 48 years and 364 days. Once over 49, it is no longer possible to continue with the treatment.

I am single and I would like to be treated at your centre.

Both married women and unmarried women with partners can receive treatment at our clinic, namely official couples, who by signing our treatment documents confirm that they will be the parents of their future unborn baby. Therefore the couple does not have to be married in order to be treated at our clinic. In the Czech Republic, treatment for single women and homosexual couples is prohibited by law and in these cases it is not even offered by our clinic.

Can I choose the sex of the embryo that is transfered?

There are genetic diseases that affect only one sex of the embryo. The pre-implantation diagnosis (PDG) can discover these diseases and only then it is possible to choose the healthy embryo to transfer.

How long has the ISCARE clinic been performing IVF and egg donation treatments?

The clinic was founded in 1995 and since then it has helped give birth to over 10,000 children.

I underwent egg retrieval and now my stomach is swollen and I feel pain in the lower abdomen.

After retrieving the eggs the woman feels like she has a bloated stomach and abdominal pain is one of the common symptoms. These symptoms are caused by the previous hormonal stimulation to develop more eggs. It is a moderate degree of OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome). It is necessary to increase protein intake (cheese, yogurt), and liquids (4-5 liters of liquids a day). Isotonic drinks and complete rest are also helpful.

If the pain is very strong and does not go away, an ultrasound check by a physician is necessary. In this case, please visit the doctor to have blood tests.

I underwent an embryo transfer and have some spotting.

Spotting after embryo transfer does not necessarily mean that the procedure has failed. We recommend complete rest and that you have an hCG blood test (beta -hCG).

When can I take the first pregnancy test?

It is preferable to take a pregnancy test (urine) 14 days after insemination or embryo transfer. Taking a pregnancy test before this can give a false negative because the test reacts to a certain level of hCG in the urine. A false positive is unusual so you can celebrate. We recommend that you have your urine tested in the morning because the hCG concentration is higher.

Can we have sexual intercourse after sperm insemination?

Yes. Actually, it is recommended to have sexual intercourse in the evening of the day before insemination. In the following days sexual intercourse cannot invalidate a possible pregnancy.

Can we have sexsual intercourse after embryo transfer?

After the embryo transfer it is recommended to wait 7 days.

We have frozen embryos that we do not intend to use at our clinical centre: we would like to donate them.

Donating embryos to another couple is not possible due to complex genetic testing. It is possible to donate embryos for scientific purposes and for the development of embryology or you may request for their destruction. In order to destroy the embryos you must fill out one of the following forms: "Consent to donation of embryos for research purposes or for the development of embryology" or "Consent to the elimination of surplus embryos". On delivery to the Iscare clinical centre both partners must prove their identification with an ID card or passport. If you live far away and would like to send your consent by mail, your signatures must be authenticated by a notary. Without the authentication of a notary for both partners, the consent forms will not be valid and you cannot donate the embryos for scientific purposes or even destroy them!