Legislation about egg donation in Russia

Egg donation is not the method of choice — it is the method of exclusion

"...If I would have known at the start, what I know now, I would not have done my IVF-attempts at my age as egg donation gave us result straight away. It was the best decision of our lives!"

Karin and Pedro, Sweden

Legislation in Russia on egg donation

Many countries don’t allow women to donate eggs. Russia is one of the most tolerant countries in Europe when it comes to laws relating to egg donation. Donor anonymity is guaranteed, and donors can be compensated by clinics. This means that it O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic is able to maintain a database of egg donors who are available to offer their services to childless pairs and single women. Of course going for egg donation abroad may seem stressful, but the opportunity it gives can change many women’s lives.

The rules on egg donation

donation eggs & law

Russia is one of the few European countries with no strict legal restrictions on donating eggs. It allows anonymous egg donation if the donor is aged between 20 and35 and has her own healthy child. Donation by a known donor is also allowed, for instance when the recipient has a female relative or acquaintance who accepts too be a donor.

There are of course laws that all Russian fertility clinics such as O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic must follow. For instance, the personal data of donors and recipients must be stored securely, and are a confidential subject to medical secrecy. The medical secrecy rules also mean that identifying information about a patient may not be revealed to an anonymous donor, or vice-versa. We treat the regulations regarding anonymity with great respect. Furthermore, no data about the fact that a child was conceived with the help of egg donation will be disclosed by O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic to the child. We believe this is the best chance to protect parents, the donor and the child. It is completely your decision what you plan to tell your child.

However, egg recipients do have the right to know some data about the person who will be their egg donor. This includes some of the donor’s relevant medical factors, a description of her appearance, and her nationality. To keep the donor’s anonymity, no photo is shown to the patients. Doctors at O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic are allowed to make photographs of donors in order to compare these to the photograph/s of the egg recipient to make a good match. We also meet all of our donors personally, and offer recipients the opportunity to meet us in person before making a match.

Under Russian law, married Russian couples who have given informed permission for fertility treatment are registered as parents of a baby born as the result of that treatment. This includes children born as a result of egg donation. In most European countries, the woman who gives birth to a child is counted as the legal mother.

Many clinics in Europe have very restrictive age limits for egg recipients. Some clinics even refuse to treat women aged over 40. At O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic, we can treat egg recipients up to the age of 50. This can be an additional reason to receive egg donation abroad.

Interested in egg donation at O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic?

Please first fill in our questionnaire This will be assessed by one of our experienced doctors, who will then get in touch with you using your preferred contact method.

If you have any questions, an English-speaking receptionist is available to take your call on 007 81 2336 3059 between 07:00-14:00 Central European time (06.00-13.00 UK time). You can also reach us by e-mail at info@olgafertilityclinic.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Very kind regards,
Your O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic team

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After 3 IVF in Sweden, 3 miscarriages, Elisabet and Pär became parents of lovely Ester through egg donation in St. Petersburg

“Three times I went to Russia to pick up some eggs. Six embryos tested by PGS and one was good ))) This little embryo was born when I was 44 and the egg they used was from me when I was 43…”


“…Well the Millennium shift came, the year 2000, we all remember what we did then, right? I got cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma... And when I stand here now 17 years later, you understand that it went well! Except for one important thing…"


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