The most important stage of the donation treatments is the selection of the most suitable donor. We are aware of the sensitivity of our donation patients and therefore we offer you the first of many of the services on the donor selection as British Cyprus Fertility Hospital.
“Donor selection in our center is evaluated in accordance with guidelines issued by internationally respected reproductive medicine associations (ESHRE, ASRM)”
When selecting donors we ensure that they are psychologically sound as well as healthy and suitable for donation and of a young age. We find that the most important stage of donation treatment is the selection process of choosing the right donor. We are aware of the sensitivity surrounding this matter and how important it is to our patients.
Donor selection in our centre is evaluated in accordance to the guidelines issued by internationally respected reproductive medicine associations ESHRE and ASRM and many more.
We are one of few centres that also genetically evaluate our donors to see if they are carriers of any genetic diseases they may be unaware of. Today, we can perform the screening of over 230 genetic diseases of our donors via CGT testing, which is only performed in our centre in Cyprus. Many IVF and donation centres serving in the region declare that they perform genetic screening tests (thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, etc.), which are recommended to be performed within the framework of common European standards in terms of common genetic diseases. Although these tests are expressed as genetic screening tests, they are blood tests rather than an examination in the gene level. Thus, they are not the test that can give a clear answer to the questions, which are the most commonly asked by treated couples;
“How safe are the eggs I received? Can an unknown genetic disease pass from the donor to our child? How good are egg donors examined for possible genetic diseases?”
We have the luxury of being selective when selecting our donors, as we are the centre of Cyprus with a vast donor pool. We accept our donors after passing and qualifying within the framework of strict rules up to sociocultural characteristics, occupation, external appearance, private life not only according to medicinal properties.
In accordance with the current legislation of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, only sperm samples obtained from a licensed sperm banks operating abroad are used in our center in couples that are candidates for sperm donation.
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 features etc.
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.