Our donors

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Manor Medical has a large pool of donors who have helped create many families over the last decade from all over the world.

Our donors see egg donation as a meaningful gift that they can give to others with the wish that it will provide the opportunity for others to experience the joy of parenthood.

More on our donors

The women who make it all possible

The women who come forward to donate eggs through Manor Medical Center's Australian Program are young, healthy and have had their own children.

Some donors decide to donate as they have friends or family who have struggled with fertility or know someone who has created their family through egg donation.

Manor Medical has the largest and one of the most respected egg donor programs in Israel. We provide the highest standard of care to assure our donors safety and well-being, as they help intending parents to create their families and to bring life to the world.

Our Manor Medical team are with them every step of the way from the first visit, through their stimulation treatment cycle and egg collection, including  regular contact after the completion of their treatment.

Our donors are recruited by our Manor Medical team in Ukraine and Georgia, and the majority are of Slavic ethnicity and from Ukrainian, Georgian or Russian ancestry. Our donors represent a broad cross section of the local community in terms of appearance, education, career and interests. They all have a common motivation to help bring new life to the world.

Who do we accept to be a donor?

At Manor Medical all donors must undergo a comprehensive and extensive medical, genetic and psychological screening to meet eligibility to donate through the Manor Medical Centers Donor program.

This process is overseen by our Senior Medical Consultant who is a leading Israeli fertility expert and our Ukrainian and Australian psychologists. Not all women who wish to donate are approved as we want to ensure the donors meet the highest standards and are also making the right decision for them and their family.

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Aged 21-31 during egg collection

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Preferably proven fertility, with at least one child

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Currently fit and in good health

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Have no infectious diseases that may pass on donation

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No genetic or medical illnesses that may pass to a child

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No significant diagnosed mental health illness

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Agrees to be an identity release donor

Donors undergo the following screening and assessments:

Physical examination

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All donors will complete a consultation with our Physician in our Kyiv facility to document her personal medical history and undergo a physical examination. This will include a pelvic examination, PAP test and a pelvic scan (to examine the ovaries and determine the antral follicle count).

In addition, the donor will be asked about her

  • Medical history (including past surgeries, medical or mental health conditions, allergies and medications)

  • Lifestyle, alcohol consumption, and smoking habits

  • Gynecological history (including previous donations and pregnancies)

  • Extended family medical history (parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts and first cousins)

  • Children’s health and development

Medical health screens

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All donors will complete health screens to ensure they are fit and well to undergo an IVF treatment cycle.
This includes taking blood and urine samples which are tested for infectious diseases such as HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, gonorrhoea, and chlamydia. These tests are taken prior to the donation cycle taking place and on the day of the egg collection.
We also examine whether the donor has a normal karyotype (chromosome profile).

Genetic testing

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Manor Medical screening process includes the comprehensive review of the Donors personal medical history. We also take a thorough history about her extended families medical and genetic history to look for any genetic or familial diseases which could be passed on to any child conceived through their donation. This helps to ensure we not only have the healthiest donors but also gives the donors more information which can benefit them in completing their own family.

Currently all donors are also screened using the latest comprehensive genetic carrier screening panel through Invitae in the USA.
The Invitae Comprehensive Carrier Screen currently checks the donors DNA for over 280 genetic conditions including the most serious and common hereditary genetic diseases in the world such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, fragile X syndrome, Thalassemia and spinal muscular atrophy.

For your protection and peace of mind, we provide a copy of your chosen donor’s test reports to your fertility specialist and/or genetic counselor.

If the donor you choose does carry a genetic conditions, it is recommended you discuss this with your Fertility Specialist, Clinic Genetic Counsellor or  Manor Medical's Genetic counsellor about any risks to you and any screening which maybe required for you.

You can learn more about the Invitae Comprehensive Carrier screen on their website.

*Please note that donors who joined Manor Medical program prior to November 2021 may not have been tested for all the conditions in the Invitae panel, but all have completed a 33 gene panel. Please ask us for further information about the tests completed by any individual donor.

Counselling

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All donors who join Manor Medicals Australian program will complete mandatory counselling to consider the psychological, social and legal implications of donating for them, their family and any offspring from their donation. If the donor has a spouse or partner they will also participate in the counselling sessions. 

Counselling is completed over two sessions by two Psychologists this allows Manor Medical to get a good feeling about our donor’s motivation to donate, who she is as a person and also gives us the opportunity to provide the donor and her partner(if relevant) all the information they need to make the decision to donate.

1st counselling session in Kiev

Our clinical psychologist in Kiev will complete the first session with the donor and where relevant her partner, which involves a Psychological assessment of the donor and initial counselling on the donors motivation to donate and information giving about egg donation. This session gathers information about the donors own family and the support she has with making this generous decision to donate.

The donor undergoes the following psychological assessments:

Luscher's color test: A projective technique for studying personality. Luscher's test is based on the assumption that the choice of color often reflects the subject's focus on a certain activity, mood, functional state and the most stable personality traits. 

Personality test: Based on Theory Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is designed to identify one of 16 personality types.

Volitional potential questionnaire: Provides insight into a person's inner motives and the effect of the environment on the person's participation in meaningful occupations.

2nd Australian counselling session

The second counselling session is completed by our Australian Psychologist, who is a member of the Australia New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association. This session is completed via Zoom with an interpreter.

This counselling session is focused on what it means to donate eggs to intending parents in  Australia, discusses the laws and regulations which govern any egg donation in Australia and the donors thoughts on identity release to any children conceived for their donation and what this may look like in the future for the donor and her family and the donor conceived people.