reproductive medicine

Nadezhda Donor program

Donated reproductive material – sperm or eggs – help many couples become parents when standard assisted reproduction techniques have been exhausted or are not applicable. The number of couples who need a donor to conceive is constantly growing.


About the donor procedure

In donor IVF, instead of the couple’s own gametes – eggs or sperm – the gametes from a donor are used. So for women, there is no need to undergo ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval, and for men, there is no need to produce semen – these procedures are done by the donors.

Gamete donation in Bulgaria is anonymous. This means that patients who receive donor eggs or sperm do not know the identity of their donor. Likewise, the donors do not know the identity of the recipients who will use their gametes. An exception to this is a familial donation, where a woman up to the age of 38 is allowed to donate eggs to a direct blood relative like a sister or first-degree cousin.


Egg and sperm donors

Recipients can obtain all the information available in their donor’s profiles, including education degrees, hobbies and interests,  as well as details about their physical features (skin, hair and eye colour).

Before the gamete donation procedure, all prospective donors undergo various tests and consultations, including genetics testing.



A patient can be enrolled in the gamete donation program only at the discretion of his treating fertility consultant at Nadezhda hospital.  The woman certifies her wish to enrol in the program by signing a special declaration. A detailed informed consent form is also signed, in which all stages and aspects of the donor IVF procedure are clarified. 

See also

Egg and sperm donors
Information for recipients