Donor medical screening

At AVA-Peter we perform a very accurate and critical screening of potential egg donors. The Donors that we choose are healthy, young, attractive and well-educated women under the age of 30 who have their own healthy children, an ideal medical history and perfect follicular reserve and laboratory results. They are also psychologically screened and counselled to ensure that they are comfortable with the commitment required in egg donation.

Because we only involve potential donors under the age of 30, with good follicular reserve and that have their own children in the egg donation programme it is always possible to collect a good number of eggs even after very modest stimulation dosages and this low dose stimulation allows us to preserve the natural egg quality and create highly effective embryos.

Our thorough donor medical screening process enables us to offer you the donor eggs of the highest quality so giving you the best possible chances of success.


How we screen candidates

At AVA-Peter egg donors undergo a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation to ensure they are fit to donate. The screening starts with an initial interview to evaluate the general abilities and intellectual capacity of a potential donor.

According to Russian law and in compliance with the recommendations of ESHRE and ASRM (the American Society for Reproductive Medicine), ovum donors in our clinic undergo the following tests:

  • assessment of general abilities and intellectual capacity of a candidate;
  • common health history
  • reproductive history/gynaecology
  • genetic history
  • Ultrasound examination of ovaries and uterus
  • HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C (every 3 months)
  • Chromosome screening
  • Clinical blood test: Haemoglobin, RBC (red blood cells), and WBC (white blood cells including the count of their fractions i.e. (lymphocytes, neutrophils, basophils, eosynophils) (every month)
  • Clinical urine test
  • Biochemical blood test (liver and kidney values, sugar, protein) (every month)
  • Blood coagulation (every month)
  • Electrocardiography (every year)
  • Lung X-ray (every year)
  • Cytology smear (every year)
  • Bacteriology smear (every month)
  • Smears for genital infections (clamydia and others) (every 6 months)
  • Annual appointment with general practitioner.
  • Annual appointment with psychiatrist.

"...If I would have known at the start, what I know now, I would not have done my IVF-attempts at my age as egg donation gave us result straight away. It was the best decision of our lives!"

Karin and Pedro, Sweden

“Three times I went to Russia to pick up some eggs. Six embryos tested by PGS and one was good ))) This little embryo was born when I was 44 and the egg they used was from me when I was 43…”


“…I am a single woman and when one is lonely, one is very sensitive…You saw me as a person and I felt that you can help me…”



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  • Willeke and Mario from Netherlands come to AVA-Peter for egg donation treatment… Enjoy this touching and sincere documentary by Jorien van Nes