Eggs from our egg bank belong to both physically and mentally healthy women without pathological backgrounds and neither genetic nor hereditary diseases.
It is because of this, we carry out clinical controls, which includes:
Further to this, the donors must have extensively passed the fertility tests, as this is precisely their key contribution: to achieve that the recipient becomes pregnant as soon as possible.
In Spain, the minimum legal age to donate is 18 years old, while the maximum is 35. However, our statistics, that is, based on more than 80,00 clinical cases, tell us that the eggs, from donors below 30 years have greater pregnancy rates. For this reason, all our donors are women younger than 30 years old.
All of our donors pass a psychological test and following this, an interview with our team of psychologists, who allow us to validate their state of good mental health.
If during the test, we detect lies, contact with drugs throughout any point in their life or an irresponsible attitude, we automatically exclude the candidate from the donation programme.
Although the success rates do not vary with weight, thanks to statistics, we know that women with body mass index (BMI) and below 30 have better results in terms of ovarian stimulation; they need a lesser dosage for an adequate ovarian stimulation and they present a lower number of complications at the moment of the egg extraction.
We all have two sets of genes, one from our father and the other from our mother. For the majority of hereditary illnesses to manifest themselves there needs to be a mutation in both genes (the paternal and maternal), something that occurs very rarely.
Almost 100% of people are carriers of an altered gene, but this does not pose any risk to our health -as the illness is only manifested if both genes have the alteration- and, in the majority of cases, it goes unseen. Through Genetic Matching we can eliminate the (rare) possibility of a recessive hereditary illness for a vast majority of known illnesses.
Since we carry out the genetic study on all of our donors at Ginemed Egg Bank, if the recipient’s partner wishes to we can cross-reference this genetic information with that obtained from the male’s Genetic Matching, thus minimising the risk of having a child affected by one of the genetic illnesses studied. It is necessary to carry out the test on the male – using a saliva or blood sample – as well as on the donor (attached in the table indicating the percentage of children who are healthy and carriers).
We know when a patient decides to undergo an egg donation treatment, many doubts arise, one of the most frequent being if the baby is able to look like the patient.
Egg donation in Spain is anonymous, but thanks to the system of Phenotype Matching, we are able to select from our hundreds of donors, the most similar phenotype to the recipient and future mother.
The race, blood Group and Rh, stature, skin colour, eyes and hair colour are some of the most frequent factors in the matching; although these are not the only ones, as indeed on certain occasions, others are used to choose the most appropriate donor.
Our donors are very important to us, as their eggs carry the life to the womb of the recipients, making it possible for an important group of the population to have access to maternity, independent of their ovarian status and genetic problems.
For this reason, due to their altruism, their generosity, their sense of giving to others, we can’t do any more but to look after them well, before, during and after the donation process.
We take on an important commitment to their wellbeing and their health, keeping in contact, more than just in the sense of the egg extraction. We carry out gynaecological check-ups, we recommend lifestyle habits and we are at their disposal for any medical necessity that they may have.