Egg cell donation
Egg cell donation allows infertile couples and single women to have a child.
Egg cell donation
Now is the #timetodonate! There is a constant shortage of egg donors. For many involuntarily childless people, donated egg cells are the only way to have a child. One egg cell donor can change the life of those suffering from infertility.
Around 13,000 fertility treatments are performed in Finland each year, one fifth of which use donated egg cells, sperm or embryos. Donated egg cells can be used in fertility treatment if it has been proven that the cause for infertility are the egg cells or if the ovarian function has been terminated prematurely due to congenital disorder, other illness or, for example, cancer treatments. Female couples and single women may also need donated egg cells.
How do I donate egg cells?
Egg cell donation – obstacles
A 22–35-year-old woman in good basic health who does not have any serious hereditary diseases affecting egg donation can become an egg cell donor. The donation of eggs is also prevented by any infectious disease which can cause serious illness to the woman undergoing fertility treatment or to a child born as a result of the treatment. Having your own children or pregnancies are not a prerequisite for donating eggs. Egg cell donation does not affect fertility or cause early menopause.
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Clinics are constantly in need of new egg donors
If you are interested in finding out if you are a suitable egg donor, please contact us with the form below. Choose the clinic nearest to you. If you wish, you can also call the clinic.
How do I donate egg cells?
1. Your first contact will be the clinic’s nurse in charge of donations who will interview you and give you more information about egg donation. If it seems you are eligible for egg donation, an appointment with the clinic’s nurse and doctor will be booked for you. You have previously received a health information form to record information about your lifestyle and health and the health of your immediate family that may affect egg donation.
2. At the doctor’s appointment, a normal gynaecological examination and a vaginal ultrasound examination are performed. It is important to assess the activity of the ovaries before starting treatment. You will be informed in detail about the course of treatment as well as the possible side effects and risks associated with the treatment. In some cases, it will be deemed that it is not reasonable to start the donation process.
3. The psychological and legal aspects of egg donation are discussed with a nurse and therapist.
4. Before treatment, the blood tests outlined in the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments are examined to exclude HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Your chromosomes will also be examined.
5. If the criteria for egg donation are met, you will sign a donation consent that is valid for a maximum of 15 years.
6. Ovarian stimulation with injections usually lasts 9–12 days, during which you will undergo an ultrasound examination 1–3 times. The eggs are collected through the vagina with a needle and ultrasound assistance. Pain alleviation is taken care of especially well with the help of prophylaxis and an intravenous pain medication administered before the procedure. Egg retrieval takes about 10 minutes and, after the procedure, you can rest at the clinic for a couple of hours.
7. A follow-up examination is usually performed 2–6 weeks after the egg retrieval. At the follow-up examination, a doctor will ensure your recovery and you will discuss expense reimbursements with a nurse.
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Egg donation – compensation
In accordance with the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments, the compensation and remuneration for the donation of eggs is EUR 250, travel expenses according to the public transport system and the basic daily allowance outlined in the Unemployment Security Act for each appointment. The compensations and remunerations are taxable income.
The donor has 5–8 appointments at Felicitas Mehiläinen during the donation process. All examinations related to pre-donation investigations and the donation are free of charge to the donor.
Legal matters regarding egg donation
A person who wants to become an egg donor must agree to their personal data being submitted to the donor register maintained by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). After their 18th birthday, the person born from the donated gamete or embryo has the right to find out the donor’s identity by submitting the donor ID to the national donor register. The ID can be obtained from the clinic. The ID is not disclosed to those receiving treatment or to the donor of the gamete. In addition to the donor ID, the donor’s eye and hair colour, height and ethnic origin, among other things, will be recorded in the clinic’s donor register for the purpose of selecting the recipient of gametes.
The donor has no legal obligations or rights towards the child to be born. The donor will not be informed whether a child has been born from treatment.
In Finland, the mother of a child is the person who gives birth to the child. In accordance with the Maternity Act, a woman who, in agreement with the mother who gave birth to the child, gives consent to fertility treatment may also be confirmed as the second mother of the child.
In accordance with the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments, five separate families can have children by the same donor if there are several donated eggs.
If you are interented in finding out if you could be a donor, please contact us by filling the form bellow. Please choose the clinic closest to you when filling out the form. If you prefer, you can also call the clinic closest to you.
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