The Key ID Process


With over 20 years of experience in IVF and 15 in egg donation – significantly more than any other clinic in Ireland – we are able to offer a highly streamlined and affordable programme.

Our process involves only 7 stages, and as few as 2 initial visits to our clinic. Throughout these 7 stages, prospective parents are guided by our dedicated and experienced egg donation specialists.

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The Key ID process

Stage 1: Consultations:

Meet Your Fertility Specialist

The first step is to meet a Sims IVF Consultant who will help determine if egg donation is the best treatment option for you.

Meet your Egg Donation Coordinator

Your Egg Donation Coordinator is a nurse or midwife with specialist expertise in egg donation, and will provide expert care and support throughout the process. Your coordinator will explain the egg-donation process and ensure that you have a full understanding of what’s involved.

Stage 2: Investigations

Baseline tests

A range of baseline tests are carried out on both partners to help us ensure we provide you with the optimum treatment. These include:

  • Blood tests
  • Uterine Assessment
  • Sperm Assessment
  • Counselling
  • Implications Counselling

Implications Counselling is a mandatory legal requirement for all couples wishing to avail of egg donation. Our experienced counsellors are familiar with the complex issues and implications involved in infertility treatment.

Stage 3: Consent Signing and Sperm Freezing

Documentation Review

Your Egg Donation Coordinator will review the consent forms with you and answer any further questions that you may have.

In addition, they will ensure you are satisfied with your Recipient Information form, which is used to help select suitable donors.

Semen Freeze

The semen sample is provided. It is tested, frozen, and transported to our partner clinic.

Stage 4: Donor Choice

Choose between 2 egg donors preselected for you based on the data supplied in your Recipient Information Form. A detailed profile of each donor including physical characteristics, education and hobbies will be made available to you.

  • All donors have proven fertility; they are already mothers.
  • All donors have been carefully screened to ensure their health and suitability
Stage 5: Donor Cycle, Fertilization and Embryo Freeze

Our Partner Clinic will arrange the following steps:

  • Donor ovarian stimulation and egg collection
  • ICSI fertilization
  • Embryos grown for 5-6 days (Blastocyst stage)
  • Embryos vitrified (frozen) and transported to Sims in Ireland
Stage 6: Embryo Transfer

In preparation for embryo transfer in Ireland, your IVF Consultant and Egg donation Coordinator will advise you regarding a medication regime to prepare your uterine lining for embryo transfer. Fertility ultrasound monitoring will be provided throughout this process.

The Embryos are transferred by a Sims IVF Consultant in our embryo transfer suite.

Hormone and support medications will continue into early pregnancy.

Stage 7: Outcome

12 days after transfer, a pregnancy test is provided.


Your Egg Donation Coordinator is available to offer advice and guidance on next steps.

Not Pregnant?

Support is available from your dedicated Egg Donation team during this difficult time.

We will coordinate a return consultation to discuss future options, including help to plan your next transfer cycle.