Egg Donors: who are they?

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AVA-Peter has established its own bank of egg donors since 1999: young, fertile women who have passed all the necessary medical tests and have been seen by at least three doctors: gynecologist, psychiatrist and GP. Potential egg donors provide the Clinic with detailed information about their medical and family history, which remains medical secrecy. To the possible recipient these egg donors have agreed to disclose their age, blood group, height, weight, colours, family situation, education, occupation, interests. Since 2013 together with International Egg Donor agency (IDEAS) it became possible to offer you an opportunity to choose your egg donor yourself from the detailed data base of IDEAS which contains information about egg donors, who have already donated before with a positive result and who have agreed to disclose their photos in the age under 10 and 120 more details about themselves. Such a detailed donor profile still leaves the identity of the donor anonymous but presents a very clear picture about each egg donor as a person.

Most women who need donated eggs to get pregnant will have experienced difficulties in finding a suitable egg donor. Not everyone has a sister or friend able and willing to go through the egg donation process on their behalf. 

Egg donors are in short supply in Europe

Sadly, it can also be very difficult to find a suitable egg donor by approaching a clinic or hospital. A number of European countries do not allow egg donation. Some countries have laws that prohibit anonymous egg donation. Since they put this into place, usually just a few years ago, the number of women who were prepared to offer to donate their eggs has declined. But with the increasing trend for people to only start families at a later stage, or who only meet their partners later in life, the need for egg donation has increased. Even in countries that allow egg donation at all, the long waiting lists for egg donation can mean that you have to wait several years for your first attempt, and this usually means that you will not be offered an egg donor who looks like you. For these reasons, people who want to form a family are tending to look abroad for help.

St. Petersburgers

St. Petersburg has a population of over 6 million. Hundreds of world-famous people have been born, have worked and lived in St. Petersburg. For over a centuries, St. Petersburg has been famous for its culture and experience in classical ballet and hockey, figure skating and football. There are more than 110 museums, more than 200 libraries, and over 90 theatres in St. Petersburg. No wonder St. Petersburg attracts the most talented and ambitious young people from all over Russia, who want to receive a good higher education and search for a high-level job.

On the other hand, Russia’s conservative tradition of young couples getting married and having their first baby in their early twenties has still not been forgotten, in contrast to the rest of Europe. Many young women combine bringing up their children with education and work. Being an egg donor enables them to gain a reasonable amount of financial compensation for doing something truly worthwhile, while also being able to spend enough time with their children. So you can see why St. Petersburg is a top destination for egg donation, since there are many young, educated fertile women living here who are willing to donate their eggs.

AVA-Peter’s Egg Donor Bank

In order to overcome the shortage of egg donors, we have set up an egg donor “bank” at the AVA-Peter Clinic in 1999. We recruit potential egg donors via social networks, magazines and newspapers. AVA-Peter’s egg donor bank contains information about healthy, young women who are willing and able to donate eggs. Potential egg donors provide the Clinic with detailed information about their medical and family history, which remains medical secrecy. To the possible recipient these egg donors have agreed to disclose their age, blood group, height, weight, colours, family situation, education, occupation, interests. These donors all have proven fertility as they have at least one child of their own, and have a good ovarian reserve — i.e. their tests have revealed that they have a good chance of producing a good number of eggs. They have already undergone a large number of laboratory tests and have seen at least 3 specialists, and are therefore available to donate if they are matched to you by your AVA-Peter doctor. Thanks to this large donor bank, we do not have a waiting list for egg donation treatment.

The detailed Egg Donor Data Base from IDEAS

Since 2013 together with International Donor Egg Agency (IDEAS) it became possible to offer you an opportunity to choose your egg donor yourself from the detailed data base of IDEAS which contains more than 120 details about each egg donor including 2-3 photos in her age under 10. IDEAS invites to participation in the Data base only those egg donors who have already donated before with a good amount and quality of eggs and whose donation has resulted in live birth or an on-going pregnancy.

To enter the Data base from IDEAS the egg donors disclose their photos in the age under 10 and 120 more details about themselves to a potential recipient. They undergo a detailed 2 hour interview with the professional moderator from IDEAS to introduce themselves. Such a detailed donor profile still leaves the identity of the donor anonymous but presents a very clear picture about each egg donor as a person. Here you can see an example of how such a profile looks.

If you would like to look for a donor in the Data Base from IDEAS, please fill in the form.

We will have a phone meeting at your convenience, during which we collect your medical details and discuss treatment options, I explain you how to use the data base and provide you with a free 7 day access to the full data base. You can go through the whole Data Base and just open profiles of donors, whose photos you find nice. Or you can sort the data base according to certain at least physical qualities into smaller groups and open the profiles within a specific group.

You will have not less than 70 options to choose from. As soon as you have chosen one or several options, please e-mail the IDs to me and I will be able to double-check the donation history, the availability and, on your request, the similarity to you as an adult person. In case you would like me to check the similarity, please send me several photos of yours in your 20-s and some current ones.

All the donors, whose profile you will be able to see have all their tests done and are ready to start as soon as you prefer.