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Why patients from Australia go to Europe for IVF with donor eggs? #IVFWEBINARS

Why Australian patients are turning to Europe for egg donation treatment? Is it the price? The availability of egg or sperm donors? Perhaps anonymous donors? If you live in Australia or outside Europe and looking to have IVF egg donation treatment, this webinar is definitely for you. Watch the video recording to see the presentation and the Q&A session with our expert. Our guest webinar speaker was an experienced doctor, dr. Ruth Sánchez from Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa in Spain.

If you wish to know more about your IVF egg donation options in Europe and how can Australian patients benefit from ART treatment in Spain, contact the Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa and begin your journey to parenthood.

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Questions and Answers – Australians go to Europe for IVF with donor eggs

Question:

What age can IVF donor treatment go up to?

Answer:

Legally till 35 years old but in our clinics, most of the donors are under 30 years old because the age is very important but legally it’s until 35 years old. I mean, this is the age of the donors. I don’t know if you are talking about the age of the recipient. For the recipients it’s a question that is talked about a lot because in Spain there is no limit but each center has to set an ethical limit so in our clinic we set it at the age of menopause, which is 51–52 years old, so in our clinic after about 52 years old we don’t do any reproduction treatment.

Question:

So would you do this for a 51-year-old?

Answer:

Well, it’s within the limits so it depends on the person and that’s really important. When a woman is 51 years old but has diabetes, hypertension and is overweight and so on so, then we would have to study the case and give them the best advice but it is within the limits.

Question:

Can health tests be done in Spain?

Answer:

Yes, we can do all the health tests but we try to encourage the couplers do the testing in their own country so we can save them some trips, but we can do all types of health tests here.

Question:

Is there a way to get oocytes fertilised in Spain, vitrify the embryos on day 5 and then transport them to Australia for frozen embryo transfer?

Answer:

That’s a difficult thing. We don’t sell embryos and we don’t start oocytes and it’s a very difficult thing to transport biological material so we don’t do that. We also do the embryo transfer because it’s very important for us that they success rate that we have is from doing the transfer here because the transfer technique is very important, as is the embryo environment. Time-lapse is a factor, so if we have to transport to another country we spoil the good environment for the embryo so we avoid such things. We would prefer to transport the couple than transport the embryo. In most of the cases way we do the transfer with fresh embryos.

Question:

I saw on the presentation that you guarantee 8 mature eggs. Have you got any other guarantees? I mean, embryos on day 3 or 5?

Answer:

No. The number of eggs is approximate because it depends on the semen that we use because if we use the couple’s sperm and it’s not very good then perhaps we cannot guarantee 8 mature eggs. We have a minimum of 6. Normally we have 8. It depends on the case, but the minimum is almost always 6.

Question:

What is the point of using time-lapse embryo monitoring as I read in many places that the time-lapse is more like a nice gift in the form of a video recording of embryo development than a real help for selecting embryos?

Answer:

Well, it’s not like a gift or a video recording. It’s a very important thing that has increased the success rates because we have more information that helps us to select the embryos and also we always keep the embryos in the same environment. We don’t take the embryos out of the incubator to check them and then put them back inside the incubator, so with the time-lapse we don’t have to keep taking them in and out. We always maintain the same environment and this is so important for the embryos and we can observe the whole development and know the behaviour of the embryos and that’s really important when choosing which embryo to transfer.
Question: Do you have a maximum age for using the partner’s sperm?

Answer:

No, there is no maximum age, but with age the quality gets worse—the same as with women.

Question:

How long before transfer should I maximise healthy eating etc?

Answer:

I don’t understand the question very well but it’s important to eat healthily always, not just before the transfer.

Question:

Do you have African donors?

Answer:

Yes we have donors from all areas, including Africa. Unfortunately, I cannot say from which parts of Africa they are from because that’s anonymous. You’re not allowed to see photos in Spain either because the donations are anonymous. We can only provide details of the blood type, age and phenotype but we can’t show any photos or anything more because it’s anonymous by law.

Question:

Do you use an embryoscope or any other equipment? And is there a difference between them? Some clinics use an embryoscope and some use GERI, which is popular in Australia.

Answer:

Yes, we have embryoscope, GERI and time-lapse machines. They are more or less the same. It depends from the people who work with them who may be more accustomed to one or another of them. We have all the possibilities here and we work with all of them.

Question:

What about uterine lining and implantation window? How is it managed if I don’t want to come to Spain for a long time? I’d like to fly for the embryo transfer for a few days.

Answer:

You can do a test in your own country so you can come with the protocol of treatment that we sent you. We tell you the days when you have to do an ultrasound and you can send us the results as well as the photos or images from the ultrasound so it’s not necessary to come here to do it. Then we only need to schedule and consult the day of the transfer as long as you have a person there who can give us all the information we need.

Question:

Can I send the frozen sperm of my partner as it’s impossible to bring him with me? Is it possible to conduct the whole program without my partner as he can’t come with me?

Answer:

Yes that’s possible because in Spain you can send it and you can send all the tests that we need from him so it’s not necessary for him to come with you. All we have is the sperm, the tests and the signed agreement on the consent form.

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About the Author

Ruth Sánchez

Ruth Sánchez

Dr. Ruth Sánchez has been working as a gynecologist at this Alicante clinics since 2000. She has been an attending physician in the Gynecology & Obstetrics Dept. at the General Hospital of Elda (Alicante) and has been treating patients as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, at the hospital since 2015. Dr. Sánchez obtained her medical degree from the University of Alicante in 1995.She has published many articles, publications, and delivered many talks at various Congresses on Assisted Reproduction and Gynecology. She is also a member of scientific associations such as the Spanish Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Ultrasound Section of the Spanish Society of Gynecology, Valencian Community Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Obstetrics and Spanish Fertility Society.

2 Comments

  1. Hi. How much cost an egg donation and IVF. What type of tests do you do for the an egg donar tbat she is healthy. Hoa many eggs do you havest from her? & may I know which country is the egg donar is from and procedure is done?

    • Hi Tsoomoo,
      Caroline, our International Patient Coordinator is looking into your question and will e-mail you soon with the information.

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