IVF egg donation – Poland: options, success rates, and costs

IVF egg donation Poland

Why should I choose Poland for my IVF treatment?

Poland wasn’t always recognised for its ability to offer high quality fertility treatments until recently. Due to its political and social climate, infertility was considered a taboo topic and actual medical help for international fertility patients was hard to find. This was despite the fact that the first in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was successfully performed there already in 1987. In fact, Poland passed its regulations regarding IVF treatments quite late – in 2015. The introduced legislation aimed to standardise the quality of health and medical protocols used throughout the country in order to establish a consistent standard of care. Thanks to the quality assisted reproductive treatments and fairly low average cost of IVF, Poland has become one of the most attractive European IVF destinations.

IVF and Egg Donation in Poland - basic information
Maximum patient ageNo limit specified
IVF treatments for single womenNot allowed
IVF treatments for lesbian couplesNot allowed
Maximum number of eggs to fertiliseSix, unless the patient is over 35 years old or there are other medical indications
Maximum number of embryos to transfer
IVF with donor eggs
No limit specified, clinic-dependant
Maximum number of embryos to transfer
IVF with own eggs
No limit specified, clinic-dependant
Egg donor availabilityPoor
Egg donor age18-35
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IVF clinics in Poland

When it comes to the standard of IVF treatment in Poland, it doesn’t differ much from the top European fertility destinations. Polish private IVF clinics offer modern facilities as well as competent and professional medical staff. The efficacy of treatment and its available options do not lag behind the European neighbours. The Polish cities most willingly chosen by IVF patients are Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Poznan and Katowice.

Clinics, or “infertility treatment centres”, require accreditation from the Minister of Health and must meet certain requirements. An up-to-date registry of accredited assisted reproduction units and embryo banks in Poland can be found on the on the following website: http://roib.rejestrymedyczne.csioz.gov.pl/1.

Most of the Polish clinics report their results to the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), which publishes yearly aggregate reports describing the state of fertility treatments in Europe. Their reports, however, are published with a long, four-year delay. Below you can find the data from the latest ESHRE report, published in 2018 and concerning the year 2014.

IVF clinics in Poland - ESHRE data for 2014 (latest report published in 2018)2
Number of IVF clinics in Poland37
Number of IVF clinics in Poland reporting to ESHRE29
Own eggs cycles performed in Poland
(2014, ESHRE EIM REPORT)
13,735
Donor eggs cycles performed in Poland
(2014, ESHRE EIM REPORT)
756
IVF donor eggs - success rates
(pregnancies/embryo transfer)
46.2%
IVF with own egg - success rates
(aspirations - egg retrievals / embryo transfer)
30.5%

IVF treatment options in Poland

Probably one of the most advantageous aspects of IVF treatment in Poland is the lack of legal age limit for female patients and their partners. According to standing legislation, all fertility treatment procedures are only available to infertile, heterosexual couples. Single women and same-sex couple are not allowed to undergo IVF in Poland. In general, IVF is only available to patients who can prove they attempted other methods of treatment for a period of at least twelve months.

Sperm, egg, and embryo donation are all allowed; strict anonymity is enforced by law, although clinics are required to store the personal, identifying data of both the donor and the recipient as part of their case documentation.

Both PGT-A and PGD testing are available to patients, although the latter requires a valid medical reason. Sex selection as a result of embryo testing is strictly prohibited except in cases where there is a possibility of a child being affected by a disorder carried by the sex chromosomes. Only six eggs can be fertilised at one time, unless the patient has had two failed assisted reproduction treatments in the past.

Surplus eggs and embryos can be given up for anonymous donation. At the same time selling or destroying embryos with development potential is banned under penalty of imprisonment.