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Embryo Donation

Rekindle the hope of parenthood through embryo donation

Understanding Embryo Donation

Embryo donation is a transformative option that offers couples the opportunity to build a family without the limitations of infertility. At Dream IVF Cyprus, we carefully match you with screened embryo donors, providing you with a viable path to realising your parenthood aspirations.

What Is Embryo Donation?

Embryo donation is a reproductive technique that involves using embryos that have been created through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) by one couple (the donors) to create a pregnancy in another couple (the recipients).

What Is The Embryo Donation Process?

The embryo donation process typically involves the following steps:

1. Initiation and Medication

Upon approval from your doctor, your prescription and drug regimen are dispatched for home-based commencement. Simultaneously, the meticulous selection of egg and sperm donors is initiated, and the clinic in North Cyprus gears up for the upcoming procedures.

2. Ovarian Stimulation and Sperm Preparation

Donors undergo daily injections to stimulate egg development, closely monitored throughout. On the same day, sperm is prepared for fertilisation using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).

3. Fertilisation and Embryo Development

Continuous monitoring during the fertilisation process ensures optimal embryo development, with a preference for transfer at the blastocyst stage on the fifth day.

4. Embryo Transfer

For the recipient, minimal time in North Cyprus is required, primarily for the transfer operation. Remote scans in your home country track the progress of uterine lining, enabling necessary medication adjustments before your brief visit.

5. Optional Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

Genetic testing and gender identification of embryos before implantation is offered through PGS. Extra embryos, if any, can be cryopreserved for future use.

6. Pregnancy Test

The recipient undergoes a pregnancy test to determine if the procedure was successful.

When Is Embryo Donation Recommended?

Embryo donation may be recommended for:

  • Couples who have tried IVF with their own eggs and sperm but have been unsuccessful in achieving a pregnancy

  • Individuals who are single or in a same-sex relationship and want to have children

  • Couples who have a medical condition that makes it difficult or impossible for them to conceive, such as severe endometriosis or male factor infertility

  • Couples who have had a previous successful IVF cycle but have no more embryos left

  • Couples who want to have a baby of a specific sex and want to use gender selection techniques

  • Couples who want to have a baby with a certain genetic makeup, such as if one partner has a genetic disorder that they do not want to pass on to their children.



Embryo donation can be a rewarding option for couples and individuals who wish to build a family but are unable to do so using their own gametes. Embryo donation offers several advantages, including:

1. Increased chances of achieving pregnancy: Embryo donation provides couples with a ready-made embryo that has already been fertilized and passed the early stages of development. This can significantly increase the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy compared to other fertility treatments, such as IVF with donor eggs or sperm.

2. Reduced risk of emotional complications: Embryo donation involves using a previously created embryo, eliminating the need for egg retrieval and fertilization. This can be less emotionally taxing for couples and individuals, as it avoids the potential for disappointment or emotional attachment to embryos that may not implant.

3. Access to a wider range of genetic options: Embryo donation provides access to a larger pool of genetic information, allowing couples to select an embryo that matches their desired characteristics, such as ethnicity, hair color, and eye color. This can be particularly important for couples who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss or have genetic concerns.

4. Greater flexibility in timing: Embryo donation does not require ongoing hormonal stimulation or egg retrieval, which can be physically and emotionally demanding. This can allow couples and individuals to proceed with their plans to start a family without the time constraints associated with other fertility treatments.

5. Potential for multiple pregnancies: With embryo donation, couples have the option to transfer multiple embryos, which can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. However, it is important to discuss this decision carefully with a fertility specialist to weigh the risks and benefits associated with multiple pregnancy.

6. Sense of family connection: Despite using donor embryos, couples can still experience a deep sense of connection with their child, as they will be raising and nurturing the child throughout their lives. Many parents who have used donor embryos form strong bonds with their children and feel deeply fulfilled in their role as parents.

7. Reduced financial burden: Embryo donation may be a more cost-effective option compared to other fertility treatments, such as IVF with donor eggs or sperm. This is because many fertility clinics offer embryo donation programs at a reduced rate, as the embryos have already been created and are ready for use.

8. Access to experienced fertility specialists: Fertility clinics that offer embryo donation programs typically have experienced teams of fertility specialists who are well-versed in this procedure. This can provide couples with the reassurance that they are receiving the highest quality care.

9. Support from a community of families who have used donor embryos: There are many online and in-person support groups for families who have used donor embryos. These groups provide a valuable forum for sharing experiences, seeking advice, and building connections with others who understand the unique challenges and joys of parenthood through embryo donation.

10. A fulfilling journey to parenthood: Embryo donation can be a rewarding path to parenthood for couples and individuals who are unable to conceive using their own gametes. It offers the opportunity to build a family, experience the joys of parenthood, and create lasting memories with their children.

Embryo donors can be those who have donated their unused embryos from a previous IVF cycle – also referred to as embryo adoption.

Embryo donors at Dream IVF partner clinics must meet strict criteria to ensure that the embryos they donate are healthy and of high quality. These criteria include:

Health: Embryo donors must be in excellent physical and mental health. They must undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to assess their overall health, including their reproductive history, genetic status, and lifestyle habits.

Age: Embryo donors must be within a specific age range, typically between 21 and 35 years old. This ensures that the embryos are at their best stage of development and have a higher likelihood of resulting in a healthy pregnancy.

Education: Embryo donors must have a high school diploma or equivalent education level. This demonstrates their ability to understand the informed consent process and make informed decisions about embryo donation.

Psychological Assessment: Embryo donors must undergo a psychological assessment to evaluate their emotional stability, maturity, and motivations for donating embryos. The assessment aims to ensure that donors are well-informed about the implications of embryo donation and are making the decision freely and without coercion.

Genetic Screening: Embryo donors must undergo genetic screening to assess their genetic health and identify any potential genetic abnormalities. This helps to protect the health of the embryos and the potential offspring.

Character Reference: Embryo donors must provide character references from individuals who can attest to their character, personality, and suitability as a donor. These references can help the clinic assess the donor’s overall suitability and ensure that they are a good match for the intended parents.

Voluntary Consent: Embryo donation must be a voluntary decision made by the donor without any financial incentives or pressures. The donor must complete a comprehensive informed consent process to understand the medical, emotional, and legal implications of embryo donation.

In addition to these criteria, embryo donors may also be required to undergo other assessments or procedures, such as blood tests, psychological evaluations, and lifestyle counseling. These measures are taken to ensure the highest quality and safety of the embryos donated to Dream IVF partner clinics.

Donor embryo is cryopreserved (frozen) to maintain its integrity and safety. It undergoes rigorous testing for infectious diseases after a mandatory six-month quarantine period before being used in reproductive procedures.

Dream IVF partner clinics have access to a diverse pool of embryo donors representing various ethnicities, allowing intended parents to select embryos that match their desired ethnic background.

Whether or not you can choose your own embryo donor depends on your chosen clinic in Cyprus. Some clinics offer a more personalised approach to embryo donation, allowing intended parents to select donors based on specific criteria such as ethnicity, education, and hobbies. Others may have a more limited pool of donors and may not allow for as much customisation.

It is important to discuss your preferences with your fertility specialist to determine if your clinic offers the option to choose your own embryo donor. They can also help you to understand the specific criteria that are available and the process for selecting a donor.

Please contact Dream IVF Cyprus for more information. 

IVF with embryo donation offers higher success rates compared to standard IVF, particularly for couples who face age-related fertility decline or have struggled with recurrent implantation failure or multiple miscarriages

Embryo donation is a safe and effective procedure for achieving parenthood, but there are some potential risks associated with this process. It is important to be aware of these risks before making a decision about embryo donation.

Reproductive Health Risks:

  • Embryo implantation failure: Embryo implantation failure is the most common complication of embryo donation, occurring in approximately 30% of cases. This can be due to a variety of factors, including the quality of the embryos, the health of the recipient, and the level of endometrial preparation.

  • Multiple pregnancy: Embryo donation programs typically involve the transfer of multiple embryos to increase the chances of pregnancy. However, this can also increase the risk of multiple pregnancy, which can lead to complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and premature birth.

  • Miscarriage: Miscarriage is a common occurrence, regardless of whether or not embryos are used from a donor. About 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and about 30% of embryo transfers result in miscarriage.

Ethical and Legal Risks:

  • Openness and disclosure: There is a growing movement towards openness in embryo donation, where intended parents have contact with the donor and the child may have the opportunity to know their biological origins. However, this can also raise ethical and legal concerns, such as potential emotional harm to the child and the donor’s right to privacy.

  • Misidentification: There is a risk of misidentification, where the child is not biologically related to the intended parents due to errors in donor selection or laboratory procedures. This can have a significant impact on the child’s sense of identity and family relationships.

  • Financial exploitation: There are concerns about the potential for financial exploitation of egg donors, especially in countries where there are less stringent regulations or compensation practices.

Emotional Risks:

  • Grief and loss: Intended parents may experience grief and loss if the IVF cycle fails or if the child does not resemble them physically. They may also feel guilt or shame about using a donor, especially if they have religious or cultural beliefs that discourage this practice.

  • Uncertainty about the donor: Intended parents may have questions about the donor’s genetic and medical history, which can contribute to anxiety and uncertainty about the child’s future health.

  • Potential for donor interference: There is a small but real risk that the donor may attempt to contact or interact with the intended parents or their child. This can cause emotional distress and complicate family dynamics.

It is important to discuss these risks openly and honestly with your fertility specialist before making a decision about embryo donation. They can help you understand the potential risks and benefits of this procedure and make an informed decision that is right for you and your family.

Please contact Dream IVF Cyprus to find out how our expert team can help. 

Yes, embryo donation is legal in Cyprus, however, unlike other countries where embryo donation is permitted, Cyprus adheres to an anonymous donation policy. This means that neither the recipient nor the donor can access each other’s personal information, ensuring that the donor’s identity remains confidential.

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