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Anonymous donor sperm
Brussels IVF has its own sperm bank and relies on network of anonymous donors. Because of the scarcity, we also work with several sperm banks across Europe. Currently, Belgian legislation on Medically Assisted Reproduction provides that the donor and acceptor remain anonymous and unknown to each other. The staff of our sperm bank staff only uses coded data.
In other countries, laws on anonymity may be different. In some countries, the child can request certain details of his/her sperm donor from a foreign sperm bank by means of a DNA test from the age of 18. However, this donor is completely anonymous, both for our centre and for the prospective parents, in accordance with Belgian legislation. Purchasing donor sperm from a foreign anonymous donor (DNA) is significantly more expensive than a conventional anonymous donor because of the increased follow-up by the foreign bank and the higher purchase price for our centre.
Prospective parents decide which type of anonymous donor they want to use for their treatment. This is set out in advance in an agreement.
Anonymous donor oocytes
Brussels IVF has its own sperm bank and relies on network of anonymous donors. This means that doctors at Brussels IVF take care of all the screening procedures and all preliminary examinations take place at our centre. When a donor is approved, she donates her oocytes completely anonymously. Prospective parents are not informed from which donor they got oocytes. The donor is not informed about which prospective parents received her oocytes and/or whether treatment was successful.
Oocyte donation is done at our centre. The oocytes are fresh. This means that the donor’s oocytes are fertilised immediately on the day of oocyte retrieval (either with own material or with donor sperm). The embryos from this treatment are frozen. We prefer this method because oocytes are more sensitive than embryos when it comes to cryopreservation. By only freezing embryos, we increase the success rate of the treatment.
Known donation is also an option under the current legislation. Prospective parents can suggest their own candidate donor. Donation for commercial reasons is strictly forbidden in Belgium.
Prospective parents pay for the tests and donations that the donor performs as part of your treatment to conceive.
A known donor must meet the same legal requirements as an anonymous donor, meaning they undergo the same (medical) screening.
Both the prospective parents and the known donor receive counselling from a psychologist at our centre before starting treatment. We do this to support you with the psychological, financial and practical aspects and help you make an informed choice about your future and that of the future child.
Five common questions about donor material answered:
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Which support does Brussels IVF provide for known donation?
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