We perform the following processes imposed by international quality standards when choosing our donors:
General selection and evaluation
In egg donation treatment, the candidates need to be between 18-30 years of age to consider being an egg donor they are then scanned to check there antral follicle count, which shows if donation is for them. The next stage is to check their general health and psychologically evaluate them to make sure that becoming a donor is something they have considered and are able to commit to.
Medical examination and evaluation
Donor candidates are questioned and undergo the necessary examination that meets the general criteria, the examination consists of a trans-vaginal scan that is able to check the ovaries as well as for any cysts, polyps, uterine fibroids etc.
Examination in terms of sexually transmitted infectious diseases and serological examination are carried out as well.
As stated in the practice guidelines of for reproductive medicine associations, routine examination of the donor in terms of blood-borne and sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, etc.) are checked and the evaluation of candidates is thorough and we are sure that they do not carry risk to begin the donation program. In this regard, all these examination are carried out over the donors in our centre.
Genetic examination (routine examination/advanced examinations)
At this stage, the donor candidates are screened by performing general routine tests (karyotype analysis, cystic fibrosis, thalassemia carrier tests, etc.) and it is determined whether they carry a defect in their chromosome or gene level that could risk transferring to an unborn baby. Although only karyotype analysis and a few rare genetic disease trait was examined in the standard donor selection and screening performed up to today, it is possible to screen the donor candidates in suitable conditions in terms of over 200 genetic diseases via a blood test called RECOMBINE in our clinic.
Evaluation of the donor according to the physical/mental/education etc. features
A candidate that successfully passed the blood, genetic and physical examinations stated above, are then evaluated and questioned in detail, at this stage they are evaluated in terms of certain physical characteristics (height, weight, hair colour, eye colour, body type, sporting activities, etc.), mental (active, outward oriented, curious, excited, positive, hobbies, etc.), educational status (college/graduate education completed, etc.) etc. Each of the parameters in question at this stage is listed so that it can be screened in accordance with the recipient’s request and can choose a suitable donor for her.
Special requests (if any) specified by the recipient
In some special cases, the recipient may have specific requests other than the general selection criteria mentioned above (a certain place of birth, body features, special artistic talent, etc.). Although we have a large selection of donors, recipients’ have to understand that matching a donor to their specific needs can take longer than the normal selection process.