Embryo donation is an assisted reproduction technique during which embryos are transferred. This treatment is used when both parts of the couple are unable to become pregnant with their own oocytes and spermatozoa.

Embryo donation programme

The transferred embryos can be of the following origin:

A. From couples who have been in IVF treatment and don’t want more children and therefore donate officially the embryos to other couples. The embryos are from oocyte and/or sperm donation. The embryos are frozen.

B. They can also come from couples who decided to have only fresh embryos transferred.

According to Albanian law couples have the right to freeze surplus embryos but are not obliged to.
In Albania are treated many foreign patients, often from far away countries who do not want to freeze their embryos since they prefer to repeat treatment directly with fresh embryos in order to increase their success chances.

Embryo adoption programme

The embryos come from healthy patients who are younger than 35 years and received successfully in vitro treatment and decided to have no more children.

These embryos often come from egg cell and/or sperm donation.

Waiting list

There is no waiting list, as soon as all previous tests have been made and the preparatory treatment has started transfer takes place approximately two to four weeks later.

Who needs embryo donation transfer?

Couples with long term infertility problems and repeated failures with in vitro fertilisation and/or egg donation.

Women without male partner who wish for a child.

Patients with repeated miscarriages.

Due to the restrictive laws in other states, patients come from different countries.

Process of embryo donation

During the initial consultation the woman’s health is checked and a gynaecological examination is performed. Please bring any previous relevant medical report with you.

A scan will be performed and a painless catheter test is done. This is to choose the best catheter for transfer. You will receive indications on how to proceed with the treatment and a date for the thawing and transfer of the embryos will be agreed.

Treatment for embryo donation

It’s easy and painless. The preparation of the uterus to receive the embryos consists of patches which are applied on the skin and vaginal suppositories. In a few days the uterus is prepared and the embryos can be thawed and transferred. No committal to the hospital is needed, merely physical efforts should be avoided. After two weeks a pregnancy test needs to be done. If you get pregnant, this pregnancy is considered a normal one.