What does IVF process in Poland look like? What is the maximum IVF patient’s age allowed? Can I become a mother after 40 or 50 through IVF with donor eggs in Poland? What are the success rates? If you are interested in answers to these questions, this webinar is for you.
Have you considered Poland as a destination for your IVF treatment?
Watch the webinar recording to find out about the laws and regulations for egg donation treatment in Poland, possible side effects of late motherhood and medical requirements that need to be met before you’ll be able to start the treatment.
Dr. Katarzyna Olszak-Wąsik, the presenter, discussed the webinar topic and answered the questions from the webinar attendees during the Q&A session. If you missed the event live, watch it here.
IVF, donor eggs and woman over 45
It’s a frustrating and disheartening fact of life but female age can, and does, play an important role when trying to conceive. In today’s world, it’s becoming more common, within developed countries, for women to delay starting a family. Whilst there are many sociocultural reasons for this including financial stability, education and/or career, our bodies aren’t keeping up to date with modern preferences and female fertility can become an issue. It’s widely known that oocyte quality and quantity do, unfortunately, diminish with age, yet more women are choosing to embark upon motherhood later in life. Egg donation programs offer a chance for older women to become pregnant and carry a baby to term, but what is the process and are there any risks?
In this webinar, Dr Katarzyna Olszak-Wasik a specialist gynaecologist and obstetrician at Gyncentrum clinic, Katowice, discusses the side effects of pregnancy, with increased female age, and outlines egg donation treatment protocols and legalities within Poland.
Becoming pregnant and creating a family is an emotional journey and, for many, can lead to disappointment and heartbreak. With improvements in medical science and procedures, egg donation now offers a realistic solution for women wishing to start a family in later life, or for those who have experienced repeated failure to conceive due to female factor infertility.
It’s understood that increased maternal age can act against a healthy pregnancy and for women over 45 years of age there is a greater chance of developing high risk pregnancy conditions and obstetrical complications. Stillbirth and miscarriage rates are also known to be related to age and, alongside general health and maternal weight, increase with maternal age. Older mothers are more likely to suffer from pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, placenta prevaria (where the placenta covers the cervix) and chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), there is also a higher Caesarean Section rate in women who are, again, over 45.
Before continuing to outline the donor egg procedures, used by Gyncentrum clinic, it’s important to note that the legalities mentioned are specific to Poland; differing legislation could apply when seeking treatment in different countries. Procedures may also vary, from clinic to clinic.
In Poland there is currently no maximum female age or BMI level for female patients and donors are anonymous. Whilst age isn’t a factor, Polish law does not allow single women to undergo egg donation treatments. Although women must be in a relationship, marriage isn’t a stipulation; those with a long-term partner are eligible for egg donation treatment programs.
In order to start egg donation IVF, in Poland, a specific medical reason is required. This includes previous failed IVF procedures when using own oocytes (eggs), premature menopause or low ovarian reserve, which could be due to an advanced maternal age.
Once couples have been accepted and approved for IVF with donated oocytes, donor matching can begin; in Poland, there is currently no waiting list for Caucasian donors. In order to donate, women must be between the ages of 20-32 and in good health, they are then required to undergo a strict recruitment process which includes rigorous screening and testing. Dr Olszak-Wasik advises that circa 65% of ladies who apply to become donors are rejected; only the best are selected.
Donors and recipients are matched using basic phenotypes (hair and eye colour, ethnicity and body shape), blood type and, where possible, also on education, personality and shared interests or hobbies.
Treatment timelines can vary as each case and patient are individual, however, couples would typically spend an initial 2-3 days at the clinic, undergoing uterine screening and the various other fertility testing recommended for both partners. Patients would then go back to Gyncentrum for the egg retrieval and spend circa 7-10 days, in Poland, whilst the eggs are fertilised, embryo culture takes place and the embryo is transferred. The recipient’s hormone levels and uterine lining would also be monitored during this time. Please be advised that the timeframe for egg donation IVF is different when using frozen oocytes.
Patients, at Gyncentrum clinic come from all over the world with the most popular visitors coming from the UK (37%), Germany (17%) and the U.S.A (8%). During treatment clients are assigned a personal coordinator to provide all the information and support required during the medical processes and visit to Poland.