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IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization. In Vitro is a Latin word that means "in glass" –in the field of medicine, this term refers to fertilization of eggs and sperm in a laboratory environment outside the body. IVF provides the ideal conditions for successful fertilization and growth of healthy embryos when natural pregnancy cannot be carried out for some reason. IVF has done wonders for many couples who find it difficult to conceive a baby. Egg Donor IVF is not a single procedure; it is a process that involves several different steps. These steps are the same steps taken during the standard IVF treatment.

The only difference is in the egg retrieval stage –where the egg is taken from a donor, not the women expecting pregnancy, and is fertilized with sperm in the lab. The embryos obtained are transferred to the uterus of the recipient just like in the IVF treatment. The most common egg donor sources include the fertility clinic, someone that the couple already know (a friend or family member), an egg donor agency, an egg bank (frozen eggs) or another fertile couple.

Who Is This For?

  • Couples who want to have a child through IVF procedure however women’s ovaries aren’t producing enough eggs or whose ovaries are completely absent for regular IVF

  • Women whose own eggs carry a risk of a genetic disorder

  • A gay male couple who wants to have a child

Treatment Duration

6 to 8 weeks.

Potential Risks & Side Effects

  • Allergic reactions

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Bloating

  • Breast tenderness

  • Constipation

  • Mood swings

  • Fatigue

  • Multiple births

  • Premature delivery and low birth weight

  • Miscarriage

Recovery Time

Women may prefer to rest for 2-3 days after embryo transfer and stay away from activities, but at the end of this period, it is good to go to work and continue normal activities.

Success Rate


Alternative Treatments

  • Ovulation Induction

  • Artificial Insemination

  • Surgery

How Does It Work?

Donor Egg In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a procedure that involves fertilizing a woman’s egg in the laboratory. If you are facing challenges conceiving a baby with your partner, Egg Donor IVF can help address infertility problems.

What Does an Egg Donor IVF Procedure Involve?

Once you have decided to undergo the procedure, we will make sure that you have a pleasant trip and your procedure will be customized so as to match your preferences, goals, as well as the clinics’ best practices. Below are the main stages involved during the Donor Egg IVF Procedure:

1.     Preparation

Once you settled all the legal and financial issues, and your donor and you have completed fertility testing and screening which are required, your egg donor IVF cycle may begin.

First of all, you, and your donor need to have your menstrual cycles put in sync. This way, when the donor’s fertilized eggs are ready for embryo transfer, your uterus will be physiologically ready to accept an embryo. Taking birth control pills and injectable hormones are used at this stage to suppress the reproductive system. Once the donor and you equalize your periods, the treatment cycle itself begins. Donor's cycle follows a conventional IVF cycle, skipping the embryo transfer.

2.     Procedure

There are 5 main steps in a donor egg IVF procedure. These are ovulation induction, donor egg retrieval, sperm retrieval, fertilization and embryo transfer. 

  • Ovulation induction: For treatment with a known donor, you and your donor take medication for a number of weeks and both of you are monitored in the clinic regularly.

  •  Egg Donor retrieval: The mature eggs are then collected from your donor’s ovaries. The most common method for retrieval is transvaginal ultrasound aspiration, which uses a device inserted into the vagina to identify the follicles and collect the eggs. To provide the comfort, sedation and pain medication may be used at this stage.

  •  Sperm retrieval: If you will be using sperm from you partner, he will give a semen sample. After it is received, your doctor will remove the sperm from the seminal fluid to use them in fertilization.

  •  Fertilization: After the eggs and sperm are collected, then the fertilization process will start. The doctor will mix the healthy and mature eggs with the healthy sperm in the laboratory. Your doctor can perform the fertilization by using two different methods which are insemination or Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

  • Embryo transfer: The last stage of the IVF procedure is embryo transfer. This process is conducted within six days after the eggs have been retrieval. During the embryo transfer, your doctor will insert a flexible catheter into your vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. Then, the doctor will implant one or more of the embryos through the catheter. If the procedure is successful, the embryo will implant in the lining of the uterus within ten days after the eggs have been collected. And congratulations, you are pregnant now!

What Should I Expect from the Egg Donor IVF Procedure?

  • If the first IVF cycle isn’t successful, then you can always try again.

  • You may consider egg freezing for future use.

  • You may feel minor cramping and discomfort during the implantation stage.

  • The side effects are usually mild but can include constipation, breast tenderness, hot flashes, weight gain, nausea, and headaches.

  • You can experience psychological side effects during IVF process. The hormones used to stimulate egg production can cause mood swings and depression.

  • Make sure that you bring someone who can take care of you as travel back to your home country.   


Are IVF Injections Painful?

For most patients, injections do not hurt, but they are not welcome, they are fast and do not cause problems because their discomfort ends within a few seconds.

Are Women Awake During Embryo Transfer?

Women are awake during embryo transfer which takes approximately 15 minutes and they are able to watch the procedure on the ultrasound monitor.

How Many Times Can I Donate Eggs?

Women may donate their eggs up to six times in their lifetime, according to the guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 


Learn more about Donor Egg IVF in Turkey by comparing costs and reviewing the clinics and doctors.

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    Stella M., Germany
    star star Sep 2021
    First thing first, I'd like to thank my doctor for shoving away my concerns during our very first meeting. Also, I thank a lot to the clinic which made my journey much more easier and fun. It was completely great in every way possible.
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    Marina Safonova, Italy
    star star Aug 2021
    I was really stressed about the procedure but it was great. Everyone was really understanding and considerate. And thank god the treatment was successful. I would totally recommend this clinic to everyone in need.
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    Suzan Desmond, United States
    star star Jul 2021
    After trying IVF unsuccessfully in the US for many years Maria from Adonis Fertility International gave me hope. I was very impressed by her work ethic and I trusted she would work hard at helping us become parents. Her communication was top-notch. I choose Adonis because of Maria and then worked with Amy, Nancy, and Ivanna and ALL were Amazing. Everything is broken down for you in steps and very organized. There was always someone there to answer a question you may. Its been a very smooth process, with all the legal documents and made transporting the biomaterial stress-free. We are still in our beginning stages and I will give another review at the end but everything so far has been excellent and I would recommend Adonis to any US couple looking to try IVF and hopefully become parents.
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    Amine, United States
    star star Jun 2021
    Columna medical center helped my husband and I to get pregnant through IVF. We had been trying for a long time to get pregnant and start a family but it just was not working for us. Thank god we made the choice to try this way and are expecting our first child.
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    Danielle, United Kingdom
    star star Jun 2021
    Having a child is a miracle and I always wanted to be a mother. Thank you DOGUS IVF for making it possible! Everyone was so understanding and sweet. I had a million questions and they answered every single one of them. The patience of the team was very important to me. It is almost time for me to hold my baby in my arms. I can't thank DOGUS IVF enough.
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    Marie, Germany
    star star Jun 2021
    Very pleased with the results. Columna Medical Center has given me what I wanted most in life. I was unable to achieve this on my own and would recommend it to anyone in the same situation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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    Angela, Spain
    star star Jun 2021
    I was struggling to deal with my diagnosis and was scared of what the future would hold. Luckily Neolife was really supportive and helped me through this time. They were there for more than just treatment and really made me feel like I was in good hands. Thanks for everything.
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    Candice Nguyen, United States
    star star Jun 2021
    Adonis has been great from the very beginning of our dealing with them. Their huge advantage for folks like us from the USA are that Adonis (Adonis Fertility International) has offices in the USA. Their communication is great, too! Their efficiency in gathering data and checking everything out is top notch. Maria has been stellar in Coordinating our experience. We opted to Travel to Kiev to begin the process rather than deliver the "goods" via their courier...We just felt the need to connect more personally by being there. Definitely worth the time and effort, as we felt even more confident in our decision to move forward with them. Tetiana & Ivana spoke excellent English and made our visit not only comfortable, but pleasant! We will report more as we move along in the process but so far, we are extremely happy with our decision to work with ADONIS!
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    Suzan T., United States
    star star May 2021
    There's nothing I wanted more than a child of my own and Dogus IVF helped me achieve this dream. They made the process so easy for us by being so friendly and understanding. I strongly recommend trying them if you're having trouble conceiving. Truly a magical experience.
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    Zara Irina, Romania
    star star Jul 2019
    Hello!I had a very satisfying experience with Flymed!I called twice for NorthCyprus (Ivfclinic) services, the last time with a positive result and I was pleased with the way I was treated and the way they treated me personally.Flymed's contact, Mr. Mustafa was kind and connected throughout the process, from booking to the hotel until the final outcome of the procedure.The requested information was prompt and very useful.
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    Irina, Romania
    star star Jan 2019
    Flymedi very useful and well-trained staff.Mr. Mustafa Seyhan has been very helpful in mediating with the clinic and booking for accommodation.North Cyprus professional clinic.Treatment and monitoring very good. Personally well prepared and kind.I had a good experience and I strongly recommend. I will be using this service again in the future
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    Ahmed, Qatar
    star star Oct 2018
    كل الشكر والتقدير لسرعة الاستجابة وكفاءة الأداء وبالأخص الأخت نادية اشكرها كثيرا لمساعدتها اياي وكانت حلقة وصل كبيرة مع مصحة بهشيجي اي خدمة لك مستعدين
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    Cristina Nita, Romania
    star star Feb 2018
    I start with searching in the internet the best clinic for ivf,and i find Flymedi.They answer very fast to my email and they help me with everything.With Ceyda and Fidan from flymedi i had the best comunication and they give me all the information i need.Finally when i chose the clinic Fidan make for me an appoiment to the clinic and she come there with me at the first day to be sure everything is ok.I make the best choice by calling Flymedi services.Thank you for all.
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