The first certified egg bank in Austria.

The eggs of our donors meet international quality criteria.

There are various reasons why some women are not able to produce optimum eggs. In order to fulfil their heart's desire of getting pregnant nevertheless, we offer eggs of carefully chosen donors.

What is the legal situation?

Extract from the Austrian Reproductive Medicine Act: For women who are undergoing an early menopause or those who, due to preceding diseases, are not provided with a sufficient egg reserve, egg donation was legalised in 2015. The donor must not be older than 30 and the recipient must not be older than 45. In the process of this treatment, the donor’s eggs are fertilised with the man’s semen, thus producing embryos. These are returned to the woman. The fathered child (just like in the case of a treatment with donor sperm) as from the age of 14 is granted the right to learn the identity of the donor. This donor, however, never has maintenance obligation. Furthermore, the egg donor may not demand any compensation for the donation because of the prohibition of commercialisation prescribed by law.

The arrangement and commercialisation of sperm and egg donations is prohibited. In order to provide for maximum safety, donated sperms and eggs may only be used in maximally three marriages, registered partnerships, or domestic partnerships. Therefore, storing unfertilised eggs for personal use, except for cases where a medical reason is attested, is still not permissible.  Surrogacy also remains prohibited in Austria.


Donor

In which way are the eggs selected?

At first, each donor receives a qualified statement about her health and vitality. A so-called "Ferticheck", which is a check of their egg cell quality.

The voluntary donors must meet strict criteria and subject themselves to regular check-ups. In this process, freedom from infects, the exclusion of hereditary diseases, integrity and fertility play a crucial role. The donor’s name will not be disclosed. She will not know who the recipient of her egg is.

Procedure of a donation

In the case of the so-called Vitrification procedure, ten to twelve eggs are extracted, which are then snap-frozen within fractions of a second at -197°C. Meanwhile it is scientifically substantiated to a great extent that freezing does not reduce the quality of the cells.

According to which criteria is the donor chosen?

The principle of similarity applies. Who looks similar, has similar genes. Decisive criteria for selecting the suitable donor are therefore the eye colour, complexion, hair colour, body height, and weight. The highest level of completed training and talents are also key selection criteria. The blood type of both partners is ascertained to also ensure this family resemblance.

What are the donor's risks?

The stage of stimulation is normally well tolerated. The follicles growing in the ovary may cause a certain degree of pain. The risk of the surgical procedure itself is very low with an ultrashort anaesthetic. In the context of the 8,400 extractions performed so far at our institute, there were two cases of local inflammation and one case of blood in the urine caused by a needlestick injury of the urinary bladder.

The development of the hyperstimulation syndrome which in particular occurs if the woman gets pregnant during the treatment can be practically excluded by close supervision and monitoring. Potential psychological stress is compensated for by continuous availability of a team of competent carers. 

Information

Please call us during our surgery hours under  +43 (0) 3136 55 111.

Recipient

Prerequisites

Potential target group: Women, usually over 40, who have endured a number of IVF attempts, in particular if the cause assumed is a low quality of the eggs, and women who are suffering from a hereditary genetic disease, which could severely affect their child.

This indication can be clarified in advance by means of the preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Preceding chemotherapy, surgical procedures on the ovaries, or the congenital absence of ovaries are further reasons for taking an egg donation into consideration.

Procedure

The process is started with a detailed interview in the course of which we’ll decide together whether the egg donation is the suitable treatment option. If the patient is a suitable recipient, her cycle is hormonally regulated and optimised for the insertion. During the stimulation of the donor, the recipient’s menstruation cycle is synchronised. Some days later, the eggs are extracted from the donor under a short anaesthetic and then fertilised with the partner’s semen. The embryos produced are inserted into the recipient’s uterus.


What are the recipient’s risks?

In the course of the recipient’s cycle, the endometrium is prepared by the administration of hormone tablets. Then one embryo is transferred. The mental stress of the waiting time corresponds to that of the use of the recipient’s own eggs.

The risk of chromosomal changes of the newborn consists of the donor’s young age and is therefore lower than that of the recipient.