In this webinar, Elias Tsakos, FRCOG, Medical Director at Embryoclinic, is explaining fertility treatments in Greece – egg, embryo, and sperm donation – legal aspects, cost, and availability of donors.
Greece is an established fertility destination, many international patients come to Greece for their IVF treatments. Firstly, Greece is scientifically and technologically advanced. Secondly, the legislation is quite liberal and patient-centred. Waiting lists in Greece had been traditionally minimal. The living standards in Greece are affordable. There is easy access both in terms of proximity and in terms of connection with airlines.
The first and most important thing to mention is that egg and sperm donation in Greece is anonymous, it’s also altruistic, although there is compensation provided to the donors, there’s no real payment as such. This compensation is related to the loss of income and reasonable expenses paid to the donors.
The egg donors’ age limit is from 18 to 35. The age of sperm donors is between 18 and 45. Gamete donation in Greece is legal and regulated, there is a regulating authority. The upper age limit for females is 50, so women older than 50 are not able to be treated. Heterosexual couples are eligible for IVF treatment whether they’re married or unmarried, and single females are also eligible for treatment. There’s a National Registry of Egg Donors ensuring quality traceability and there can be a maximum of 10 children per egg donor.
As mentioned above, sperm donation in Greece is anonymous, sperm comes from major sperm banks within the European Union, the matching is individualized, and there are no waiting lists for regular requests. The cost is roughly about 500 GBP.
Embryo donation is legal and regulated, it’s also anonymous, and the availability is between 1 and 6 months. That depends on the matching requests. The costs are starting from 3, 000 GBP depending on whether patients are willing to have 1, 2 or 3 embryos, then it has to be individualized.
In general, gamete donation in Greece has quite a few advantages. Greece is a country with easy access, it’s s an established global tourism destination, gamete donation is legal and regulated, safe, successful and affordable with no waiting lists. There’s a lot of experience now that has been built over the last 7 to 10 years, especially amongst the units in Greece which are equipped and staffed appropriately for international patients as well, which includes experienced medical administration and legal teams.- Questions and Answers