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Law issues concerning egg donation in Russia

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

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

Legislation on egg donation in Russia

Many countries prohibit egg donation. Russia is one of the most liberal European countries when it comes to legislation related to egg donation. Donor anonymity is assured, and donors may be compensated by clinics. This means that O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic is able to maintain a database of egg donors who are available to offer their services to couples and single women, who can’t have a child.

The rules on egg donation in Russia

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Russia is one of the few European countries with no major legal restrictions on donating eggs. It allows anonymous egg donation if the donor is aged 20-35 and is a parent herself (having at least one healthy child of her own). Donation by a recipient's chosen known donor is also allowed, for instance when the donor is a female relative or acquaintance.

There are of course several rules that all Russian fertility clinics such as O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic must follow. Such as: the personal data of donors and recipients must be stored confidentially, and are subject to medical secrecy. The medical secrecy regulations also mean that identifying information about a patient may not be uncovered to an anonymous donor, or vice-versa. We respect the regulations concerning anonymity. Furthermore, no information about the fact that a baby was conceived via egg donation will be revealed by O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic to the child. We think this is the best way to protect parents, the donor and the child. It is fully your choice on what you decide to reveal your child.


Surely, the egg recipients do have the right to know some data about the person who donates eggs. This includes a description of donor’s appearance, her nationality and some relevant medical details. To keep the donor’s anonymity, no photo is shown to the patients. Doctors at O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic are allowed to have photos of donors, and can compare these to the photograph/s of the egg recipient with the purpose of making a good match. We also meet all our donors individually and in person, and give the opportunity for the recipients to meet us personally before making a match.

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

Many clinics throughout Europe have very strict age limits for egg recipients. Some clinics may even refuse to treat women aged over 40. At O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic, we accept egg recipients aged up to 50.

Overcoming the shortage of egg donors

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Some countries have attempted to cotrol the shortage of egg donors by using ‘egg sharing’ schemes. This means that the eggs harvested from one woman during IVF treatment are given to several recipients. This woman may be an egg donor, or she may be a patient herself. In the latter case, she has to agree to have some of her eggs collected, usually in return for discounted or free treatment. Her own chances of successful IVF treatment may be decreased as a result of giving away some of her eggs. This is not allowed in Russia as IVF patients are not permitted to be egg donors.

At O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic, we do not use the practice of ‘egg sharing’ with egg donors either. Each egg donor is individually assigned to one egg recipient, who receives all the eggs collected from that donor. This considerably increases the chances of success.


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

We look forward to hearing from you!


Related pages in other lnguages
Egg donation (English)
Eizellspende (Deutsch)
Eiceldonatie (Netherlands)
Ægdonation (Dansk)

"...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

“…I am a single woman and when one is lonely, one is very sensitive…You saw me as a person and I felt that you can help me…”



“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…”


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Our patients tell their stories

    The Egg Solution
    Aftenposten, 27 September 2019, Norway. Miriam Lund Knapstad, Helle Aarnes
    Olga is the miracle doctor who gives baby guarantee, Sweden. 6 August 2019. Text & Malin Aunsbjerg
    Cilla Holm became a mother on her own – this is her new Liv (life)
    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden. 7 May 2019
    Russian baby guarantee is the Swedes’ last chance
    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden. 7 April 2019
    Mum through embryo donation
    Marie Granmar is my very dear patient from more than 8 years ago. Please listen to Marie’s interview on TV4 7 March 2019 in Sweden
    "I became pregnant with an embryo adoption”
    One more story about our dear patient Cilla Holm by Tara Magazine, Sweden
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    Interview with our patient Elin Renate by TV2 Norway
    Report on us on Norwegian Television TV 2
    Enjoy our dear patient Cilla's story, who has been interviewed by the "Dagens Nyheter", daily newspaper in Sweden
    Report on us and our dear patient Hillevi on SVTPlay & SVTNews