Egg donation, an option for becoming a single mothe

Many women choose to be single mothers, and at times they make this decision when they are over 35 years old, when the ovarian reserve starts to decline to half and problems with conception may arise. In these cases, they face a further challenge in starting their family, due to egg quality. One solution could be to turn to egg donation, a technique in assisted reproduction that offers better chances of pregnancy, together with sperm donation.

During the journey of single motherhood, support and care is always crucial. Institute Bernabeu has extensive experience in caring for women who have decided to start a family without a partner. It is a leading European center for egg donation, with a large donor database since beginning in 1992.

Becoming a single mother is not an easy decision, and opting for egg donation makes it an even bigger step to take. It is a situation that requires maturity and thought. With this in mind Institute Bernabeu always offers patients extra peace of mind taking care of the donor selection and treatment, in order for the process to proceed in the best way possible.

In order to ensure the best match and security, the clinic conducts a psychological, clinical and genetic evaluation of the donors, as well as a screening for the 10 most common sexually transmitted diseases.

Furthermore, egg donation treatment does not require ovarian stimulation or injections for the future mother, and there is a lower risk of miscarriage due to chromosomal alterations that could be tied to a patient’s age. The sperm donor also goes through extensive testing, to complete a treatment in the best conditions possible.

Institute Bernabeu strives for singleton pregnancies, avoiding twin pregnancies and their potential complications for the health of the mother and future child. The doctor will be in continuous contact with the patient in order to give her all the necessary information about the treatment and the best steps to take in her case.




Pregnancy in women with endometriosis


Infertility in women of reproductive age can be caused by diseases such as endometriosis, which is linked to the presence of functionally active endometrial tissue outside the uterine cavity. Furthermore it may occur with different symptoms and not all the factors that cause it are known, so it is difficult to diagnose.


In order to achieve pregnancy in these women, all possible assisted reproduction treatments can be used, ranging from the simplest to the most complex depending on the extent of the disease.


The thickness of the uterus can also be affected by a variant of endometriosis, adenomyosis, which can reduce the embryo’s ability to implant and later develop. Its diagnosis is particularly important, although it is complicated and, to this effect, checks with three-dimensional ultrasounds need to be made.


The findings of a research developed in France to assess the obstetric and perinatal results in pregnancies following assisted reproduction treatment in women with endometriosis reveals that complications are more common. Therefore, bleeding during the first term, a risk of premature birth, pre-eclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction are more likely to occur, even the number of caesarean births is higher. All of these symptoms are linked to the severity of the endometriosis before gestation.


In order to carry out an early, accurate diagnosis and an effective follow-up for women with endometriosis, Instituto Bernabeu has a separate Unit that uses the latest techniques, such as innovative biochemical markers or realistic images provided by three-dimensional ultrasounds. In fact, a more comprehensive understanding of endometriosis and adenomyosis is gained through the checks that are part of the routine in this Unit and through researches that are being carried out to determine uterine implantation capacity depending on the severity of each case.


The Pregnancy Unit of Instituto Bernabeu has thus personalised and appropriate prenatal checks for those pregnancies achieved following assisted reproduction treatment and they are intensified in women with endometriosis. These women have also previous emotional stress, since they have been suffering unpleasant symptoms for years or have undergone unsuccessful treatments or even surgeries.


Pregnancy in women with this disease is classed as high-risk, so specialised healthcare experts must perform detailed checks more frequently. In this way, complications from endometriosis can be foreseen in order to have a successful pregnancy.



Source: Dr Francisco Sellers, Director of the Medical Unit at Instituto Bernabeu

The misconception of conception

Egg Donation

The increase in Egg Donation services in Dublin, Ireland since 2010 has created greater awareness surrounding the subject for couples who having been trying to convince but may be unaware of the number of egg donation services with satellite services based locally in Dublin who provide assistance, consultation and preparation for the surgery in Spain. These fertility and ivf related services within the Dublin region are popular throughout Ireland.

There seems to be almost a misconception around the subject of egg donation with little to no media coverage surrounding the benefits and a lot of couples may feeling uncomfortable talking about egg donation services as a subject with their family.

Their friends may have considered egg donation, IVF and fertility treatments but not disclosed this to their family out of fear, yet despite becoming more commonplace particularly amongst young professionals located in Dublin who see Egg Donation as a light at the end of the tunnel and a way of conceiving instead of struggling through ivf treatment.


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Egg Donation

Egg donation is a form of IVF in which a younger person eggs are fertilised with your partner sperm to produce an embryo. The embryo is then implanted in your uterus and you will hopefully carry on with a normal pregnancy.

This process is used when patients are over a certain age and therefore do not have a sufficient number of viable eggs or when a patient is diagnosed with premature menopause.

It is usually carried out outside Ireland and many clinics like Femplus will have a special relationship with a clinic abroad to support you in this journey.

While the medical process is quite straightforward there are a lot of other things you need to consider. For example how do you feel about the fact that your child will not carry your genes? And what are you going to tell your family? For these reasons if you are considering the process we would normally advise to get some counselling to explore all these issues.

If you want more information book in for a consultation to discuss the process.


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This is an Egg Donation question that is usually asked generally at the end of your egg donation cycle when patients are confused and stressed. It is a very important question and you should have your mind made up well in advance. Luckily it is a topic on which scientific evidence is pretty clear. The evidence shows that success rates are not increased when transferring two instead of a single embryos.

Transferring two embryos increases the risk of twin pregnancies which have many more complications for mother and babies.

There is also some evidence now that adding embryos of poor quality together with a better quality embryo might reduce the chance of implantation for the good embryo.

The best advise is to aim for transfer of a single good quality embryo.

If you want more information book in for a consultation here or at Femplus Clinic to discuss the process.


Egg donation treatment is required when ovarian reserve is depleted. If you had this diagnosis you have probably been referred abroad as availability of egg donors is scarce in Ireland.


Choosing a clinic abroad can be a minefield so at Femplus Clinic we have developed a satellite programme that we are very proud of.

If you are doing your own research here are some tips to help you.

  • Look for hidden costs in satellite packages. Some clinics that offer support before you travel do not include investigations or all the scans in their packages. All these costs can add up quite a lot.
  • Investigate travel and flights. Some countries might seem to offer an attractive price but they might not be so easy to travel to. Flights might be infrequent or much more expensive than other countries.
  • Look at what is included in the treatment. Are there extra costs for culturing embryos for longer?
  • The day of embryo transfer is very important to increase success rates.
  • Is the clinic offering extra medications. Sometimes patients think that adding extra medications will improve their chances. In actual fact many medications recommended by some clinics have not been proven to be beneficial at all and might be harmful.
  • Ethical and medical guidelines are not the same in every country.  Some regulations are more stringent in some countries but there are benefits for your safety if that is the situation. Make sure you investigate which International accreditation does the clinic have.
  • If all this information sounds obscure to you maybe you should get a medical opinion to help you make your choice.

If you have any other queries at all, do not hesitate to contact us!

ART Treatments

Multiple clinics offer ART treatments using “fresh” (non-frozen) donor eggs. In these clinics, the reproductive cycles of both donor and recipient are synced and eggs are retrieved and used right away. There’s another choice of embryo donation as a family-building option but this isn’t as common as egg donation and egg donation is relatively convenient and more fertile. Egg donation is a possible option for a wide range of aspirants.

Donor eggs are a successful fertility treatment for women who are older than 40 or are unable to get pregnant with their own eggs as the donor eggs can help them conceive and deliver a baby. For Fertility problems in both partners, recurrent miscarriages and in cases where there is risk of transmission of genetic diseases, donor eggs are a great prospect of conception.

Egg Donation Conception

The pre-requisites for opting egg donation as a conception method is to find an appropriate donor, getting counseled thoroughly of the procedure and adopting a legal route. Two phases are involved in a typical egg donation process. During first phase eggs are produced with the help of ovarian hyperstimulation process which involves receiving a series of hormonal drugs by the donor that causes the ovaries to produce multiple mature eggs during one menstrual cycle. Egg retrieval marks the second phase during which mature eggs are removed from the donor through a surgical procedure ultrasound guided aspiration using transvaginal approach.