The IVF with egg donation is a particular case of In Vitro Fertilization Treatment where the embryos are created from eggs of an egg donor and are fertilized in the laboratory with the spermatozoa of the recipient couple. (Sperm bank can be used additionally if required)
The treatment is very simple for the recipient, and basically consists of hormonal endometrial preparation. A hormonal combination of oestrogens and progesterone is used to increase endometrial receptiveness and open the implantation window. This is the technical word for the days where the uterus is ready to receive embryos and let them implant.
In the same way as IVF, egg donation costs can vary considerably between clinics and countries. The legal framework for this treatment is not the same around Europe, being even banned in some countries like Germany. This is the reason why so many patients travel to other countries where it is allowed like Czech republic, Greece or Spain.
In these countries an egg donation cycle can cost from 6,000 euro to 10,000. Usually all the screening, medication and anesthesia for the egg retrieval of the donor is included, as well as her economical compensation.
As we discussed in the previous post, it is important to understand exactly what is included in a budget before comparing between clinics or even countries. For instance, sperm microinjection and embryo freezing are frequently not included.
Another additional cost should be the recipient medication. Notwithstanding, it is cheap and easy to find, since the drugs for the ovarian stimulation are administered to the egg donor and not to the recipient.
Egg donation is the most efficient assisted reproduction technique, with around 70% clinical pregnancies per cycle. One of the most common side effects of the assisted reproduction treatments is multiple pregnancy. Due to the high implantation potential of these kind of embryos, the clinic staff must be conservative with the number of transferred embryos. Statistically, the more embryos transferred the more chances of getting pregnant, but the chances of having a multiple pregnancy increase as well.
The maximum number of embryos that can be transferred is limited by law in some countries. In any case, the trend is to transfer one or two embryos. The average number per transfer is decreasing every year in the official activity registries, and the results are not diminished if the cases are properly selected.
There are financial consequences of transferring only one embryo, since usually the frozen embryo transfer is not included in the price. In any case, this disbursement seems to be more than justified taking into account the health consequences of a multiple pregnancy.