An explanation of egg harvesting and egg donation treatment

What is egg harvesting and egg donation?

Egg donation involves two persons: an egg donor and an egg recipient. The egg donor undergoes several fertility procedures to produce eggs. These eggs are then harvested and fertilised in the laboratory by the semen of the egg recipient’s husband or partner (or a sperm donor). The fertilised eggs become embryos, and one or two of these embryos are replaced back into the uterus (womb) of the egg recipient to create pregnancy.

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At O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic, any extra embryos of excellent quality can be frozen to be used for another attempt. They now become the property of the recipient and/or her partner. After successful pregnancy development, the egg recipient gives birth to the child and becomes the child’s mother.

Differences between IVF and IVF with egg donation

The main difference between ‘normal IVF’ and ‘egg donation IVF’ is that one more person is needed to help in creating pregnancy. This is the egg donor, whose eggs are harvested and used if the would-be mother (the egg recipient), for some reason, cannot use her own eggs to get pregnant. The egg donor takes the usual drugs commonly used in IVF treatment to make her ovaries produce eggs. She then has the eggs harvested under anaesthetic, just like in usual IVF treatment. After this, the egg donor has no further role in the procedure.

egg donor childs lower limbs

The eggs are put in a dish in the fertility laboratory, where they are inseminated using the sperm of the egg recipient’s husband, or partner or a sperm donor. Once fertilised, they become embryos. At O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic, the embryos are kept in the laboratory for several days in order to choose the embryos of the highest quality. The embryologist determines their quality each day during the cultivation period to see which ones will have the highest chances of implanting and resulting in a pregnancy. When the desition on which embryos are best is made, one or two of the embryos are replaced into the womb (uterus) of the egg recipient. Any remaining embryos may be frozen, and become your property if you wish. (You can choose who will be the owner: the recipient, the recipient and her partner, or only her partner.) In order to provide the embryos with a good environment for development, the egg recipient takes hormones which make her body fit for the pregnancy.

If all goes well, one (or both) of the embryos will implant in the egg recipient’s womb and the pregnancy then develops further. The egg recipient continues to take hormones until the placenta produces enough of them itself to keep the pregnancy going. Just as with any other pregnancy, her body nurtures the growing child, thereby creating a strong mother-child connection. After giving birth, breastfeeding can further make her closer with her child.

At O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic, we had a 60% success rate in 2008. This was the confirmed clinical pregnancy rate after replacing two fresh embryos at the 5-day-old blastocyst stage. The number of children born through egg donation is increasing each year as more women become informed of this form of treatment. Are you one of the people who can benefit?

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!

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

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

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