Egg donation law in Russia

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As you may already be aware, many European countries do not allow egg donation at all. In others, there are restrictive age limits or other barriers. Russia is very different in this respect, and has a very liberal attitude to egg donation. Egg donation in Russia is regulated by law. Donors are guaranteed anonymity, and may receive appropriate financial compensation. We are therefore able to recruit egg donors easily and provide an individually matched egg donor to patients who need egg donation to create a family. 

The Russian law on egg donation

Russia is among small number of European countries which does not place awkward legal restrictions on egg donation. Egg donation is allowed provided that the donor is aged 20-35 and she has one or more healthy children of her own. Receiving eggs from a “known donor” is also permitted, for instance when the donor is a female relative or friend. There is no restriction on the egg recipient’s age according to Russian law, but they should have good general health. AVA-Peter Clinic accepts egg recipients aged up to 51.

However, there are very strict regulations to guarantee the safety and privacy of both the patient and the donor. The personal data of each must be stored securely, and all such details are subject to medical secrecy regulations. These stipulate that information that could identify a patient may not be revealed to a donor, or vice-versa. We respect these privacy regulations, and will never reveal any information about the fact that a child was conceived via egg donation. We believe this is best for the parents, the donor and the child, and leaves up to you the decision of what you wish to tell your child.

Under Russian legislation, couples who have undergone fertility treatment, including egg donation, will be registered as the parents of the resultant child. In other European countries too, the woman who gives birth to a child will be registered as the legal mother.