Top five European Countries for Egg Donation

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By Alexsander Wiecki, Egg Donation Friends

Infertility affects one in eight women globally. It is a growing health issue, but fortunately, modern medicine has provided solutions that were simply not available 50 years ago. However, due to the increasing cost of egg donation and other IVF treatments in the UK, people with infertility issues are having to think outside of the box to achieve their dream of becoming parents. This often means travelling abroad to find a suitable solution. Thankfully, due to wider availability of reproduction technologies and growing competition among IVF clinics, travelling for egg donation abroad has become easier than ever, with many people going abroad in search of safe, affordable and successful egg donation treatments.

In our guide, we recommend the top five European destinations for egg donation treatment in Europe. In our guide, we consider the following essential factors:

  • Cost of treatment
  • Quality of treatment including success rates
  • Travel and accommodation costs
  • Local fertility laws

1. Spain


Spain is one of the most popular European destinations for egg donation treatment. There are nearly 200 IVF clinics in Spain, of which half reports to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the fertility industry’s principle governing body. Spain is often chosen by British and German patients, mainly due to the limited availability of NHS-funded treatment and the high cost of private treatment in their respective countries.

Cost of Treatment:

The average egg donation cost is EUR 6,495, including standard IVF lab procedures and donor costs.

Quality of treatment (success rates):

Spanish clinics are widely known to use cutting edge reproductive technologies and equipment. The average egg donation success rate according to ESHRE’s latest figures is 55.6%. Many Spanish clinics hold ISO and other accreditations confirming the quality and safety of treatments they offer. Some clinics submit their success rates to the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF).

Travel and accommodation costs:

A number of budget airlines provide direct flights from the UK to popular Spanish cities such as Madrid or Barcelona. The cost of living in Spain is lower than in the UK, so food and accommodation should be reasonably priced.

Local Fertility Laws:

Spanish law and regulations tend to be supportive of patients going through egg donation treatment. For example, IVF, Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and egg donation treatment are all legal in Spain. Anyone can be treated regardless of their marital status and sexual orientation. However, in Spain donors are anonymous.

2. The Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has approximately 30 IVF clinics that provide egg donation treatment, of which approximately 20 reports to ESHRE.

Cost of Treatment:

Egg donation treatment costs approximately EUR 4,550 per cycle which includes standard IVF lab procedures and donor costs.

Quality of treatment:

The average success rate for IVF with donor eggs is 46.8% according to ESHRE. The Czech Republic is heavily regulated by their governing body, the Czech Society for Assisted Reproduction (CSAR).

Travel and accommodation costs:

The Czech Republic has five international airports and very affordable accommodation options.

Local Fertility Laws:

Egg donation and sperm donation are both legal, although embryo donation is not. Women can undergo IVF up to the age of 48. Czech clinics are obliged to ensure anonymity of egg donors, sperm donors and intended parents.

3. Greece

There are 44 IVF clinics in Greece that provide egg donation treatment. Greek IVF clinics are becoming increasingly popular due to the country’s patient-friendly IVF regulations. The majority of clinics have English speaking staff, or provide English translators, making this a popular destination for UK patients.

Cost of Treatment:

Egg donation costs range from EUR 4,500 to 6,000, including standard IVF lab procedures and donor costs.

Quality of treatment:

The average success rate of IVF with donor eggs is 51% in Greece. These impressive success rates are due to the country’s long heritage in fertility treatment, and the extensive experience of doctors and embryologists.

Travel and accommodation costs:

Most budget airlines fly direct to Greece from the UK, and hotels are among some of the cheapest in Europe, ranging from 20-70 Euros per night.

Local Fertility Laws:

Single people are permitted to have IVF, but it is currently illegal for same sex couples to do so. However, they can be treated as single women. It is legal to transfer two embryos for patients who are under 35, and three for women over 40. There are no limits when it comes to embryo storage, however if you already have frozen embryos, you need to use those before you can freeze more. The maximum age for IVF recipients in Greece is 50.

4. Cyprus

Cyprus is a gorgeous island country in the Mediterranean Sea, 400 miles south of Turkey. Cyprus has about 10 egg donation clinics and is a popular destination for patients from Europe, Asia and Africa. The island is divided into South and North Cyprus. The most popular destination tends to be the northern region where there are more donors and treatment tends to be more affordable.

Cost of Treatment:

Egg donation ranges between EURO 4,500 and 6,000 and includes standard IVF lab procedures and donor costs.

Quality of treatment (success rates):

Egg donation success rates vary from 59% to 75%. Make sure you check with the clinic as success rates do vary quite considerably. Due to stringent regulations, the quality of treatment across Cyprus is generally high. However, it’s worth pointing out that historically some clinics in Northern Cyprus do not follow international recommendations. In 2016, the Ministry if Health introduced a new law which required IVF clinics to adhere to a series of strict regulations. Few clinics applied due to the heavy restrictions imposed on them. Before you book, it’s worth asking the clinic if they have been certified under the new laws introduced in 2016. Also find out if the doctor carrying out your treatment has been certified. Again they should have been issued a certificate by the Ministry of Health.

Travel and accommodation costs:

Larnaca and Paphos are the two international airports in Cyprus, with British Airways, Easy Jet and Ryanair all flying there.

Local Fertility Laws:

Egg donation is anonymous in Cyprus and available to unmarried couples, same sex couples and single people. The maximum age of a female donor egg in North Cyprus is 55, however from the age of 45, recipients must be screened and from 50 more tests will be required. In south Cyprus, the maximum age is 48.

5. Ukraine

There are approximately 31 IVF clinics in Ukraine offering IVF and egg donation treatment. Some of them also offer surrogacy programs. If you’re interested in travelling to Ukraine, consider the following:

Cost of Treatment:

Egg donation treatment in Ukraine is as low as 4600 Euros, with frozen egg donation even cheaper. Ukraine is currently one of the most affordable European destinations for IVF, without compromising on quality and safety.

Quality of treatment (success rates):

IVF clinics require a license to operate, provided by the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine. Every three years, the clinics are inspected to ensure they comply with all the regulations. It is recommended you find a clinic with an ISO certification. Clinics submit their success rates to the Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine and to ESHRE. According to ESHRE, the average donor egg success rate is 56.2% which is high compared to the international average (50,3%)

Travel and accommodation costs:

Ukraine is the most affordable destination when it comes to accommodation, travel and food costs.

Local Fertility Laws:

There is no specified age limit for IVF treatment, but the majority of clinics do not accept patients older than 51. Ukrainian law states that embryo sex selection is not legal except for medical reasons. Ukrainian clinics do not cater for same-sex couples. However, single women can have IVF. There is no law specifying the maximum number of embryos that can be transferred. However, clinics usually transfer no more than two embryos at a time.

So there are our top five recommended destinations for egg donation treatment! Now you might be wondering, which is the best for you? Check out our IVF Triangle infographics below to help you make the right decision.

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