FAQs

  • How many visits to the Czech Republic are required?

  • When consultation is done via e-mail or phone and you deliver all needed information and test results to us before the treatment, only one visit to the Czech Republic is necessary which may take from 7 up to 15 days depending on the treatment.
  • Is flying dangerous before or after a fertility treatment?

  • No, woman’s eggs cannot be damaged during flights. You may fly home as early as two to three days following the embryo transfer.
  • What is the age limit for IVF patients?

  • According to the Czech law, we are able to provide a fertility treatment to patients up to the age of 48.
  • Can frozen sperm be transferred?

  • It is very difficult to comply with law and regulations when it comes to frozen sperm shipment. That’s why we don’t recommend it.
  • Is egg retrieval a painful procedure?

  • Generally patients are asleep during the egg retrieval procedure. A variety of potent painkillers are administered during the procedure. Most women tolerate the procedure with a minimum of discomfort.
  • How long does the egg retrieval take?

  • Depending on the number of follicles present, the time may vary from five to fifteen minutes.
  • Does each follicle contain an egg?

  • No. In fact, sometimes if a woman’s estradiol is very high it is difficult to see every follicle. This is why more eggs are retrieved than the numbers of follicles seen by ultrasound. Conversely, when the estradiol is very low and only one or two follicles are visible by ultra-sound there may not be an egg in the follicle. This is known as empty follicle syndrome.
  • How will I feel after the egg retrieval?

  • Usually women complain of feeling tired and sleepy. Occasionally they experience some abdominal discomfort. Some women feel well enough to return to work the day after the egg retrieval.
  • Will every egg be fertilized?

  • Our average egg fertilization rate is 65 - 70%. Some patients have a very high rate of fertilization, sometimes close to 100%. Including cases where the patient has an exceptionally complicated history, we are still able to ensure that ninety-five per cent of couples have embryos for transfer, mainly when ICSI is performed.
  • When are the embryos frozen?

  • They can be either frozen the day after egg retrieval, known as the 2 pronuclear stage, or any day after the egg retrieval.
  • After the transfer, will all of my embryos be frozen?

  • Not all embryos go through standard cell division. If the embryos do not appear right they will be discarded in the laboratory. After the transfer embryologist will inform you of the number of embryos frozen. All embryos that appear standard will be frozen.
  • How long can embryos stay frozen before being used?

  • No one knows the exact answer to this question. At our clinic several women have delivered healthy babies after the embryos had been stored for up to six years.
  • When can I resume common activities, i.e. going to work, driving, taking a walk etc.?

  • You may resume common activities 2-5 days after your transfer.
  • What is pregnancy success rate for egg donation?

  • Only high-quality eggs are accepted for egg donation. This can positively influence the high pregnancy rate, which is over 55% in the group with a higher number of oocyte and the special donor program and over 45% / ET in the shared program (England HFEA 2000/01 register 24% live birth/cycle). The transfer of 1-2 embryos (3 in only a few cases) is recommended.
  • What is egg donation shared program?

  • About 20-40 proven donors are waiting at any time for stimulation. Each month we stimulate some donors in the shared program. Women with an endometrium ready for transfer (an implantation window of 30-40 days) are waiting for our offer. After the oocyte collection we contact a patient who has the same “characteristics” as our donor. If the patient agrees with the donor, the number of eggs and time, we fertilize the eggs with frozen sperm. The patient has to come for the embryo transfer in about 2 days. The program is very flexible, the patient can reject the donor for any reason (donor characteristics, travel problems, business, illness, etc.) without any penalty. In this program you can choose the number of eggs used for fertilization.
  • What is special donor program?

  • A special donor can be stimulated for the date which you require. This option gives you more time for travel organization but takes more time to organize the donor. It is not possible to ensure a number of eggs in this program. In the event of your cancelation you lose your deposit (1000 Euro). If you have trouble coming for a fresh embryo transfer we can freeze the embryos for later use.
  • Is there a waiting list for oocyte donation?

  • The waiting time is 1 month.
  • Is donation anonymous?

  • Egg and sperm donation in the Czech Republic are strictly anonymous. The clinic has to ensure anonymity of donor and offspring. Only general data will be given to the recipient like age, eye and hair colour, weight, height and education.
  • Is it possible to arrange egg donation in one visit?

  • Yes, if you come when your endometrium is ready for transfer- we will instruct you what to do and what medication to use before you come to the Czech Republic. We will prepare your donor for the date of your stay.
  • When is it possible to fly home?

  • You may fly home as early as two to three days following the embryo transfer.
  • Can you arrange pick up at the airport?

  • Yes, we can pick you up at the airport in Prague, Brno, Bratislava and Vienna.

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