EMBRYO DONATION 2017-05-23T12:32:49+00:00


Embryo donation has been known since the mid 1980s and is recommended for couples who want to have a child but both the man and the woman experience infertility issues. This method of assisted reproduction became very popular for infertile couples and improved their chances of becoming a baby, despite any moral dilemmas that may arise when the child is not actually biologically related to the parents.

It is also noteworthy that a number of times an embryo donation is performed for altruistic reasons and to couples where fertility issues do not relate to both partners. Research relating to families with children born through embryo donation has shown that there are no adverse effects to the relationship between mother, father and child, to the quality of their interaction or to the child’s emotional health, despite the lack of genetic link between them.

Embryo donation IVF

In many Western countries, the children are allowed – after adulthood – access to all data, including the identity of the donors of egg and sperm. The latter is not permitted in Greece, as in some other western countries, unless there are health reasons, so the child can access the files, but still anonymously.

Embryo donation IVF opens up a world of possibilities for women who have trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy, namely women with premature menopause, women who produce few oocytes, of poor quality or no oocytes at all, women with a genetic disorder which could be passed on to their child, and women whose partner has azoospermia, complete teratozoospermia or abnormalities in his genetic material.

The sperm is given by an anonymous donor, having characteristics as desired by the recipients, and is used to fertilize eggs taken from another woman, namely the egg donor. Embryo donation is currently the most effective IVF treatment for couples who would otherwise have no hope of having a baby.

Embryo donation in Greece

At Medimall IVF Clinic, we are pleased to provide IVF treatments with embryo donation, which is permitted in our country and is lawful under Greek legislation. Egg and sperm donation is anonymous,  voluntary and motivated by altruism.

According to Greek law, egg and sperm donors should be between 18 and 35 years old, and are selected following strict medical screening. Here in below, as well as on MEDIMALL’s website (www.medimall.gr), you may find all the information on the tests donors are submitted to. The age limit for women undergoing an IVF treatment is 50 years old at the time of embryo transfer.

Embryo donation program

The embryo donation program at Medimall IVF Clinic uses both fresh and frozen oocytes and recipients have the opportunity to choose between fresh and frozen oocytes. In addition, the selection of embryos used takes into account the characteristics of the recipient and her partner, so that they come from donors with similar features. In case the option of fresh eggs is selected, you should consider that all information concerning donor characteristics and medical tests will be disclosed to you after the embryo transfer.

Embryo donation IVF has proved to be very successful, either using fresh or frozen embryos, with success rates up to 75% for embryo transfers per treatment cycle, and up to 65% for clinical pregnancies.

According to Greek law, up to two embryos can be transferred, whereas you will be informed about the number and quality of your embryos on the very day of embryo transfer.

Our doctors and biologists will talk with you in detail and advise you on the number of embryos they believe should be transferred, in accordance with your medical history of previous IVF attempts and the possibility of a multiple pregnancy.

You could also consult your gynecologist about the number of embryos he/she believes it would be best to transfer.

All IVF candidates should be aware that legislation allows for any remaining, good quality embryos that are not transferred, one of the following:

  1. The remaining embryos to be frozen. Freezing time can be up to five years. During this period, the embryos can be used in one IVF cycle if the recipient has not yet become pregnant or the couple wants to have another child.
  2. The remaining embryos to be destroyed.
  3. The remaining embryos to be donated to another couple.
  4. The remaining embryos to be donated to the fertility clinic for research.
  5. After 5 years, the couple not wishing to keep the embryos could select options number two, three or four.

Practical information on embryo donation at Medimall IVF Clinic

Recipients participate in preliminary screening procedures, including review of gynecological records and transvaginal ultrasound. You can ask our doctors any questions you may have, and discuss with them all your queries. If you live abroad and it is not possible to visit our clinic, all the above-mentioned tests can be conducted by your personal gynecologist in conjunction with our IVF coordinator.

Additionally, you will be asked by the doctors or our coordinator to fill out and send us all necessary consent forms, copies of identity or your passport, and any other legally required document. You are more than welcome to send us your photos in order to get to know your features for the selection of matching donors. You would also specify the dates you wish to undergo the procedure, since you will need to be in Athens for three days. We could then integrate you in our clinic’s embryo donation program.

You will be asked to follow a specific treatment in order to prepare your uterus and endometrium for embryo transfer.

You will need to visit Medimall IVF Clinic two weeks after the beginning of the endometrial preparation.

Medimall IVF Clinic staff will provide you with a full and detailed plan once your treatment is set. It is important that all communication concerning the embryo donation program is conducted through our doctors and/or our coordinator.

If you wish to get in touch with our IVF clinic, let us know and we shall get back to you.

The contact details of Medimall IVF Clinic are the following:

Call Center: +30 210 7711600
Coordinator: Μrs Afroditi Sarisamli
Mobile: +30 697 2866910
Mail: ivf@medimall.gr  &  sarisamli@medimall.gr

Donor testing 

  • Complete blood analysis
  • Cardiovascular examination
  • Blood type
  • Rhesus factor
  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis
  • Hepatitis B (HBsAg)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • RPR (syphilis)
  • Karyotype test
  • PCR for CTRF (85% of known mutations) (Cystic Fibrosis)
  • PCR for 35 Delg relating to hereditary hearing loss
  • Chlamydia (Urine)
  • Psychological examination

The recipient and the partner must be submitted to the following tests:


  • Complete blood analysis
  • Blood type and Rhesus factor
  • HBsAg*
  • HCV*
  • RPR*
  • HIV I-II*


  • Blood type and Rhesus factor
  • HBsAg*
  • HCV*
  • RPR*
  • HIV I-II*

*Τest results are valid for a period of six months