Egg Donation in Ukraine

Egg Donation in Ukraine

Nowadays Ukraine becomes more and more popular destination with people who are opting to have IVF treatment overseas.  There are 40+ IVF clinics operating in Ukraine according to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) but this number is sure to increase as Eastern Europe becomes a destination of choice for fertility treatment.

The people driven to choose Ukraine because of modern facilities, high level treatment and affordable cost which is so much lower than in the UK and USA. Thus, together with the laws surrounding donor egg treatment, makes it attractive to many people worldwide. There is no legal age limit for IVF treatment in Ukraine. However, it is usual that no access to treatment is allowed over the age of 51 years due to potential health problems and each case is considered separately.

According to the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, all egg and sperm donors are anonymous. For international patients, egg donors can be identifiable in unique occasions but only if the donor signs a voluntary consent of personal data disclosure.

Egg donors can donate between the ages of 18 and 36 and according to European standards and guidelines, it is recommended to donate not more than 8 times.
— Anastasia Herman law office team

Compensation to egg donor starts from 600 euros per one program and in order to do so they must, by law, undergo a series of tests to ensure that they are healthy. These include:

  • Blood group and Rh factor

  • Full blood analysis

  • Coagulogram

  • Antibodies to HIV

  • Antibodies to syphilis

  • Hepatitis B (HBsAg)

  • Hepatitis C (HCV)

  • Blood analysis for IgM and IgG

  • Cytological examination of cervical smears

  • Bacterioscopic analysis of vaginal, urethral and cervical canal discharges

  • Smear for TORCH infections

  • General gynaecological analysis

  • Ultrasound examination of the pelvic organs

  • AMH, LH, E2

  • Genetic screening

  • caryotype

IVF laws vary from country to country and they can be complex and confusing. In the Ukraine, the following laws apply according to the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 787:

  • There is no age limit for IVF treatment but usually this is not accessible to women older than about 51 years

  • Egg and sperm donation is anonymous

  • PGD and PGS are legal in Ukraine

  • Egg and sperm donation are available for single women, except surrogacy

  • Surrogacy is legal for heterosexual, married couple

  • Embryos and eggs can be stored indefinitely

  • Double donation is legal

  • Embryo adoption is available for both single and married couples

Safety and Quality in IVF Clinics in Ukraine

IVF clinics in the Ukraine need a license to operate from the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine. They get inspected every three years to ensure that they comply with. In addition, some fertility clinics will have further audits and may well have ISO certification too.

IVF results from clinics get submitted annually to the Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine. This data is also reported to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology ESHRE.

Ukraine offers patients the opportunity of parenthood at a lower cost than elsewhere. IVF clinics attract patients from throughout the world and it is worth considering if you are considering traveling overseas for IVF treatment.