Egg and Sperm Donation in Iran

Egg and/or sperm donation is a process that helps infertile people to have kids when they cannot conceive them on their own.

Egg and Sperm Donation in Iran

Egg and/or sperm donation is a process that helps infertile people to have kids when they cannot conceive them on their own.

Every couple wants to have kids at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes the couple or just one of them can be infertile meaning they cannot conceive a baby on their own. One of the fertility solutions that can help is using donated eggs, sperm, or embryos. Please continue reading to know more about egg and sperm donation in Iran.

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Why Iran for sperm and egg donation?

Even though many people can have sperm and egg donation in their countries, when you choose to have the sperm and/or egg donation process in Iran you will be able to have the best medical service at a lower cost.

Iranian hospitals and fertility clinics are provided with advanced equipment, and the doctors in Iran have a lot of experience, which will increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy.

Why AriaMedTour?

AriaMedTour will make everything easier for you since it is the biggest medical tourism facilitator in Iran. AriaMedTour will help you find the best doctors and choose suitable clinics to make sure you can have the best services in Iran at an affordable price.

Egg and sperm donation cost in Iran

Egg donation prices are different from one country to another. In the United States, it costs an average of $15,000 and can cost up to $30,000. In Iran, the prices are much lower as they start from $1,500 per cycle.

You need to keep in mind that you have to pay for the donor’s medical expenses, your medical expenses, and might need to pay compensation for the egg donor.

Sperm donation cost will vary greatly from person to person, and the total cost will depend on the method used to conceive. The cost of IVF (in-vetro fertilization) is different from the cost of IUI (intrauterine insemination), for example.

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Egg and Sperm Donation in Iran: All You Need to Know

Egg and sperm donation is a process, in which the couple resorts for someone else or a relevant bank to have egg and/or sperm that has been donated by another person to be able to have babies.

Egg donation definition

Egg donation is a process that involves a fertile woman donating an egg, or an oocyte to an infertile woman to help her conceive a baby. The donated egg will be removed from the woman and transferred into the infertile woman after fertilizing it.

Epigenetics and egg donation

To many women, men and couples, agreeing to use a donor egg can be a tough choice. The main concern will be that the donor woman will be the biological mother and the child will look like her considering she/he is having the donor’s genes. However, you should know that is not exactly true thanks to epigenetics.

Epigenetics is a field of science that studies the way organisms can change due to changes in the gene’s expressions even though the genes do not change. For example, when the donor’s egg is placed in the womb of another woman, her body can have an impact on the genetic presentation of the donor’s genetic code.

In other words, even though the child will genetically inherit the biological mother, the mother who gives birth can affect the genetic development of the baby. This means that the mother will have a genetic bond with her child even though the egg came from a donor.

Egg donation requirements and qualifications

Being a fertile woman is not the only factor to enable you to donate eggs. Several factors must be considered to let you become an egg donor. These factors are necessary to ensure conceiving a healthy baby.

To become an egg donor:

  • You have to be between 21 and 29 years.
  • You should be in good health.
  • Your BMI should be between 19 and 29, as being overweight or underweight can have an effect on the quality of the eggs.
  • You should be a nonsmoker for one year at least.
  • Your menstrual cycle should be regular.
  • You should be STD free for one year at least.
  • You should not have any tattoos on your body.

Meeting up with all the conditions is essential to increase the chance of having a good egg that can be used to conceive a healthy child.

Egg donation disqualifiers

Due to some factors, a woman can be disqualified from participating in an egg donation program. These factors include:

  • Smoking cigarettes and taking drugs.
  • Being infertile and having genetic disorders.
  • Being younger than 21 or older than 29 years old.
  • Having STDs.
  • Not knowing the medical history of the woman’s biological parents.
  • Having an irregular menstrual cycle or other issues like endometriosis.

Egg donation eligibility is approved after passing all the medical and psychological tests.

Surrogacy and egg donation

Sometimes using a donated egg is enough to conceive a child, but some women (like women who have some uterus conditions) might need to use surrogacy and an egg from an egg donor. By doing so, the embryo will be placed in the womb of an alternative mother.

Cancer and egg donation

Although many accuse egg donation of causing cancer for donors, you should know that there is no proof for this accusation yet. In fact, some recent studies and analysis did not find a connection between egg donation and cervical cancer.

Other studies showed that infertile women who do not seek treatment are at higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who had IVF with egg donation. Results also shown that there is no connection between fertility drugs and developing breast cancer.

On the other hand, we cannot be 100% sure that there no risks of egg donation at all in the long term due to the shortage of studies on the long-term effect of egg donation on cancer.

Egg donation: how does it work?

Even though egg donation is more common nowadays, many people do not know how it is performed. If you do not know how the process is done, then we will have egg donation explained for you.

  • First, the doctors will inject the donor with hormone shots for ovulation induction to have multiple eggs and then they will wait for the eggs to mature.
  • When the eggs are ready, the doctor will set a time to retrieve them.
  • The donor will be sedated and the doctor will insert an ultrasound needle to each mature follicle to retrieve the mature eggs.
  • The eggs can be frozen for later use but it is better to fertilize them after retrieval to increase the chances of pregnancy.
  • After the eggs are retrieved, the donor will stay in the clinic or the hospital for a few hours and then go home for recovery and rest. The donor will be given some antibiotics and will be asked to come back after a week for a follow-up exam.

Egg donation timeline

Egg donation surgery or process involves several steps:

  • Matching: The fertility clinic will have several egg donors in their database with all the needed information so you can choose the best one for you.
  • Screening: This phase includes psychological test, blood tests and genetic tests so you can be sure you will get healthy eggs to increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy.
  • Contract: In this phase, the parents and the donor will have a legal contract that involves all the terms and conditions.
  • Cycle preparations: The egg donor will be placed on birth control bills so she can synchronize her menstrual cycle.
  • Cycle Follow-up: During this phase, the egg donor will start taking fertility drugs to induce producing multiple eggs. She will also be monitored with an ultrasound and blood work to make sure she is responding properly to the medications.

It usually takes from 10 to 13 days after the matching for the donor to be ready for matured egg retrieval.

Egg donation pros and cons

Before you become an egg donor you should think about your decisions wisely considering all the possible pros and cons. This means that you should put all the benefits and health risks into your considerations.

Egg donation advantages for the recipient

  • It helps women who cannot conceive on their own to experience pregnancy and breastfeeding which can help create a bond with the child.
  • It enables the recipient to choose the donor enabling her to choose a donor that looks somehow like her
  • It enables women to delay having a child for later without having to worry a lot about infertility issues.
  • It can help women who have few eggs to get pregnant faster

Egg donation disadvantages for the recipient

  • Some women might find it hard to accept that they are not the biological mothers of their children.
  • Although using donated eggs can increase the chances of pregnancy, there is no guarantee that the pregnancy will be 100% successful. This might make the recipient pay more to try IVF and egg donation again or make her frustrated.
  • Using donated eggs can cost a lot of money considering that the recipient will need to pay the medical expenses for her and the donor and might need to pay the donor.
  • Finding the right donor can be quite a hard and stressful process especially if the recipient is going to use eggs donated from a family member.

Egg donation advantages for the donor

  • You will make sure you are healthy, as doctors need to perform a thorough health screening on the donor before the donation.
  • You will know more about fertility so you can have better decisions in the future.
  • You can have good compensation for your donation, as it is legal to donate your eggs in exchange for money in many countries.
  • You can feel better about yourself knowing that your donation can help another woman achieving her dream of conceiving a baby.
  • You can have the chance of preserving some of your own eggs for yourself if you are planning to have a child but you are not ready right now.

Egg donation disadvantages for the donor

  • The hormones used in the process can have an effect on your mood and/or health.
  • The donor can gain weight due to the use of hormone shots.
  • Some donors might feel that they lost a child to other people considering the egg will become a living being.
  • Having time and commitment are vital to being an egg donor, you will need to show up for your screening, hormone shots, and egg retrieval among other things. It is important to be there on time for your appointments. So, being an egg donor can be hard if you have children or other commitments.

Egg donation side effects

Like any medical process, there are some possible side effects including:

  • Bruises from the blood drawing process needed for the screening
  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • Fluid in the abdomen (Rarely)
  • Pain
  • Allergies
  • Internal bleeding

Most of the known side effects and risks are the short-term ones. Until now, we do not know a lot about the long-term health risks and complications due to a shortage of studies on this subject because egg donation is still relatively new.

Until now, there is no proof of any connection between egg donation and cancer, infertility, or other long-term health issues.

Limitations of egg donation in Iran

One of the new rules in Iran is that foreigners cannot get donated eggs from Iranian donors. This governmental law in Iran makes the couples obliged to be accompanied by a donor from their country when they travel to Iran to have a fertility treatment that involves egg donation.

What is sperm donation?

Infertility affects both men and women, and since it takes a sperm and an egg to make a child some couples might need the help of a sperm donor to conceive a child.

Sperm donation is a process that involves a man donating his sperm to help couples who are unable to make a child due to the husband’s infertility. The donated sperm can be injected into the woman’s uterus or can be used to fertilize an egg in the lab through an IVF treatment.

Sperm donation eligibility

Not every man can be accepted as a sperm donor. There are several conditions that you should meet before you can become a sperm donor. Sperm donation qualifications are there to make sure your sperm will help to make a healthy baby. To meet up with these qualifications, you:

  • Should have no history of drug use
  • Should be between the age of 18 and 39 (or 18 and 34) years
  • Should be free of STDs like AIDs and hepatitis C
  • Should not have genetic conditions like cystic fibrosis
  • Should not have mental health conditions like bipolar disorder
  • Should know your parents’ medical history

Sperm donation advantages and disadvantages

Sperm donation can help infertile couples have a child, but it has some disadvantages as well.

The disadvantages of using donated sperm include the following:

  • Some parents might have to deal with their kids asking about the donor.
  • You might not be able to know the donor well before choosing to use his sperm.
  • Some couples might find it hard to raise a child conceived using donated sperm.

It is recommended that you and your partner see a psychological therapist before you try to conceive a child using donated sperm. It is better to make sure that you are going to be ok with the idea before you start.

How to arrange my trip to have fertility treatment with egg and sperm donation in Iran?

You just need to contact AriaMedTour and ask for their services, and then AriaMedTour will help you obtain the Visa, get the hotel reservation for you and your family and even pick you up from the airport.

AriaMedTour will help you have an appointment with the best available fertility doctors and clinics and offer you pre-hospitalization and post-hospitalization services. AriaMedTour will also provide you with the legal regulations and limitations of egg donation in Iran. After you go back home, you can use the online follow-up services if you needed anything.

Frequently Asked Questions About Egg and Sperm Donation

Like any medical process, there are several possible side effects and complications for egg donation, however, egg donation is considered safe.

There is a debate about whether egg donation is morally wrong or not. However, as long as the conceived child will live in a loving family and as long as the process will help less fortunate families achieve their dreams of having kids, then it seems ethical and good.

There is a debate about this question. Some say yes and others say no. Let us look at it as a way to help couples in need to have children. As long as the kids and the parents are happy, why should not sperm donation be ethical?

Well, we are still short on studies that focus on the long-term effects on the donor’s body. However, until now there is no evidence of any connection between egg donation and cancer.

We are not sure if there is a connection between egg donation and endometriosis, but some women who donated eggs have reported experiencing some health issues like endometriosis.

The cost varies depending on many factors including the fertility treatment accompanied with sperm donation.

Until now, researchers have not found any evidence that egg donation can affect fertility.

No, you will not have early menopause because of egg donation. There are about 400,000 to 500,000 eggs in the ovaries with only 400 to 500 eggs that will develop to the point of ovulation during women’s life. Since the number of spare eggs is huge (about 399,500 eggs) it is not likely for egg donation to cause early menopause.

Sperm donors donate their sperm to help people with infertility issues conceive a child after other treatments fail.

The cost of egg donation is different from one country to another. In Iran, the cost will start from $1,500.

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