In Vitro Fertilization in Georgia
Surrogacy is regulated in Georgia from 1997 and since then Georgia became favorable destination for In Vitro programs, surrogacy and egg donation. Increased number of Intended Parents from our neighbor countries such as Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Russia, highly developed In Vitro Fertilization field in Georgia and quality of service was significantly raised. Increased flow of Intended Parents and their quality demand emerged new In Vitro clinics and high level of completion made them closely monitor their service quality, success rates, affordability and alacrity. At the moment there are around 10 IVF clinics in Georgia and all of them are operating with Western and US standards. As a result of this development now we have huge number of Intended Parents referring to us from Europe, US, Canada, Australia, Asia and from almost all destinations.
PGD for Gender Selection is not allowed in Georgia unless there is any medically proven risk or any sex linked disorder. However, great majority of PGD for gender selection requests refer to family balance desire of the Intended Parents, if they already have two girls for example and now wish to have a boy in the family, or if they are strongly willing to have either baby boy or a girl. In such occasion, we suggest the parents to refer to Mexico, South East Asia, Cyprus or Ukraine. In all mentioned destination countries, PGD for gender selection is done legally and success rate of PGD embryos are equal to all other embryo transfers.
While doing PGD programs we select the egg donors very carefully. They must have at least one successful donation before with above 15 eggs produced and their current Antral Follicle Count should not be less than 20. The only reason behind this requirement is that for PGD programs we need to receive as many embryos as possible as we need to develop them to day five Blastocysts and PGD is only done on day five embryos. After PGD the number of embryos might be halved and Intended Parents should not have expectation of high number of embryos after doing the procedure. In very rare cases, Intended Parents may end up having only undetected gender embryos and undesired gender of embryos. In this case, they can either decide to move forward with transferring any remaining embryo, or apply for another PGD program until they receive the desired gender embryos.
Sperm Microsort / PGD with Microsorted Sperm
In order to maximize the chances of having desired gender embryos intended parents are advices to go for sperm microsorting procedure before doing PGD. With sperm microsorting, X and Ys are separated and this gives around 70-80 percent accuracy of sperm separation. With microsorted sperm PGD procedure gives much more number of desired gender embryos, compared to normal sperm. If enquiring about sperm microsorting, Intended Parents should plan their arrival for at least 1 week as they will be asked to be present for semen collection around three times and collection can be done every other day.
Sperm microsorting is done in Cyprus as well and in Georgia we had some Intended Parents who shipped microsorted sperm to us and received a pregnancy of desired gender baby. However, the accuracy of microsorting is not higher than 80 percent and Intended Parents should not expect that after having microsorted sperm shipped to us baby gender is guaranteed.
With PGD , it is important Intended Parents to note that we only do the gender detection and then transfer the embryos upon parents preference. Undesired gender embryos are kept in the laboratories and only the Intended Parents can decide the future fate of the embryos.