While in most of Europe IVF treatment for women is getting less funding and there is serious restriction on egg donation and age restriction, Bulgaria has been moving in the opposite direction for the past few years.
After vivid discussion and large support from society and legislators alike, the age of women by law to perform IVF procedures increased to menopause. This is provided in draft amendment to Ordinance 28. The working group discussed changes Representatives of NGO's "Conception" and the "I Want a Baby" and the decision to form this working group was taken after a round table organized by the Association's "Conception" and presentation of key issues on the topic in October 2010.
Until now women were allowed to undergo IVF treatment with own egg up to 43 years old.
Of course the possibility to undergo an IVF procedure is still going to be determined by a doctor, taking into account the physical condition of the woman, however her age will not be a limiting factor, something association “Conception” has been fighting for in the last two years. Moreover egg donation has been made quite accessible and it is not an obstacle, like in many Western European states.
This is not to say that the matter is taken lightly or that it is not closely monitored by the authorities.The changes in the ordinance was first introduced upper age limit of 51years for assisted reproduction procedures with donor eggs. Currently no such restriction is laid down and this creates risks for childbirth and child rearing by parents in the very elderly.
The project introduces a number of technical requirements for laboratories and centers for assisted reproduction. The aim is to ensure maximum safety and efficacy of procedures.