How to Search & Use the Fairfax Eggbank Database


With so many decisions to make during the IVF process, the last thing you need to worry about is how to navigate through a database. Luckily for you, we have broken down what our egg donor database looks like and what qualifications each donor must meet to become an egg donor. Simply follow our pointers, and you’ll find the perfect donor to help you complete your family.

The Fairfax Egg Donor Database

At Fairfax, we place a high standard on who can become an egg donor. In fact, less than 1% of applicants actually become egg donors. This is because we want to give you the best chance at starting a family.

All of our donors go through an extensive medical and psychological screening process. The donors must fall within a healthy BMI (for the donor’s safety), refrain from all smoking and drug use, and pass an in-depth screening of their family history to check against potential inherited diseases or genetic disorders. For more information on our screening process, take a look at our blog post that goes step by step through the egg donor screening process.

Now that you know how we select our donors, let’s dive into the process of choosing one for yourself.

Finding An Egg Donor in 4 Steps

1. Select Your Search Criteria:

When you choose to search our database, you can specify which type of donor you are looking for. You can search for an egg donor based on a variety of criteria such as: ethnicity, hair or eye color, skin tone, blood type, RH Factor, religion, height, and/or highest levels of education.

You can choose to be as specific as you wish to help narrow down your options. For all of these categories, you may choose multiple choices such as donors with blue or brown eyes. Just select as many or as few boxes as you’d like to broaden or narrow your focus when searching for a donor.

2. Explore Your List of Donors:

From there, you are redirected to a list of donors who fall in line with the search criteria you’ve selected. Note that the more specific you are, the shorter your list of potential donors will be and vice versa.

You may choose to view your list in a grid format, which will still show all the search criteria but also include a baby photo of the donor next to their information.

3. Narrow Your Options:

The next step in the egg donor selection process is that you can start to compare donors that fall within your search criteria. Next to every donor ID is a drop-down menu with additional information that was gathered during the application process, which can be used to help in your decision-making.

You have the option to see an in-depth medical profile of the donor describing their genetic and medical background, personal behavior, and family history. Each donor has a personal profile which allows you to see a snapshot of who they are: their goals, motivations, talents, personality traits, academics, or any other family information the donor has provided.

Each donor also participates in an audio interview, which is available for you to listen to as one of the options on the pull down menu. You can also view writing samples from a set of essay question they were asked to fill out. This allows you to get a more personal feel and in-depth details about the donor.

All of this information can be viewed under the complete profile tab under the pull down menu for a complete overview about each donor.

4. Get in Contact:

Now that you’ve decided on a donor, your next step is to get in contact with FairFax EggBank and let us know which donor you wish to move forward with.

Take advantage of our Guide on How To Find and Choose The Right Egg Donor, if you’re having a hard time narrowing down your search to one potential donor.

We hope this guide to navigating our egg donor database was helpful and makes one part of a very complex process a little simpler for you. Feel free to contact us directly if you are still having trouble navigating the database.

Best of luck with starting your new family!

A New Outlook on Egg Donation


Infertility can happen to anyone, and it is more common than you think. According to Women’s Health, about 10% of women in the United States struggle with getting pregnant or staying pregnant. A lot of  emotional stress can come out of being infertile. The good news is there are more options available today with greatly improved success rates. Options like IVF or using donor eggs are becoming more mainstream and accepted. When it comes to using donor eggs, it has become easier than ever before to get the information, resources and support you need.

Aggressively Seek Information when Considering Egg Donation

Google is a powerful tool. Today, there is more information available on the use of donor eggs than ever before. Answers to any question you may have can be found through a simple search or live chat with a donor bank.

Resources such as:

can answer a multitude of questions concerning all your egg donation needs and information behind infertility. These fertility resources can provide support and connect you with groups of other women who are going through the process or have experienced IVF firsthand. Additionally, bookmark Fairfax EggBank’s FAQ page as a resource to see commonly asked questions, with expert responses.

A couple of our Fairfax EggBank recipients have posted a blog series about their journey. Check out Trisha’s journey and Heather’s series of blogs, where they talk about their egg donation story for a more personalized experience.

Advancements in Donor Egg Freezing Increase Convenience and Affordability

The first child born through egg donation was in 1984. Since then, over 47,000 babies have been and continue to be born through egg donation according to John E Buster, MD. Advancements in egg retrieval such as advanced egg freezing processes have made the entire egg donation process quicker, more convenient, and affordable.

Now that eggs can be safely preserved, any woman can donate her eggs at any time, making it a faster process and providing convenience for the donor and recipient. Normally, with fresh donor eggs, the donor and recipient need to be individually synchronized, taking about 6 months. Today, the whole process can be cut down into a one month period.

With less time and energy, the recipient also saves money. The cost of individual synchronization using fresh donor eggs is high. So high that the option of using frozen eggs versus fresh eggs can cut costs almost in half, making it possible for more women who struggle with infertility to have a baby. For more information on tips or financing available for this option, check out our FairFax Blog post, Tips and Resources For Financing Donor Egg Treatment.

Egg Donation is the New Norm

In the past, egg donation was considered somewhat taboo and not a topic openly talked about. However, with more people discussing their experiences with egg donation it has allowed the process to become a more accepted and common option when struggling to have a baby.

Many celebrities are opening up about their experiences with IVF and how it is nothing to be ashamed of but embraced. Some described their experiences as the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Stars like Mariah Carey, Chrissy Teigen, Elizabeth Banks, Courtney Cox, and Nicole Kidman all struggled with conception. All of them used a form of egg donation, IVF, or surrogacy to have their babies. You are not alone, infertility is something ALL women struggle with, even the rich and famous.

Infertility is so much more common than you think. IVF and egg donation are now becoming another common option you can take when deciding to bring a little bundle of joy into the world.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Infertility?

Fairfax EggBank has partnered with Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED) to launch a blog series written by Heather, a recent egg donor recipient at Fairfax EggBank. Our hope is that through PVED, Heather’s voice can be shared with others who are just beginning their donor egg journey and are seeking authentic experiences of others who have been through it.

Stay tuned through either PVED’s website or ours to read Heather’s upcoming blogs.

Heather’s Blog Series:



Tune in next week to read Heather’s next blog “How Our Needs Guided the Decision to Use Frozen Donor Eggs.” 

About PVED

Parents Via Egg Donation, or PVED, was created to provide an informational and supportive environment where parents and parents-to-be can learn and share information about all facets of the egg donation process.

Our mission is to educate, support, and empower families and individuals at any stage of the process who choose to use egg donation to build a family. We share information about agencies, legal and medical professionals, treatment centers, mental health therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and other resources.

PVED is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Scappoose, Oregon

Their website contains a wide variety of information and ideas to help you in your family-building journey. If you can’t find what you are looking for, our listserves can link you to others who may have had similar experiences and are happy to share their knowledge.

Intro to My Donor Egg Story

Fairfax EggBank has partnered with Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED) to launch a blog series written by Heather, a recent egg donor recipient at Fairfax EggBank. Our hope is that through PVED, Heather’s voice can be shared with others who are just beginning their donor egg journey and are seeking authentic experiences of others who have been through it.

Read the first series here, and stay tuned through either PVED’s website or ours to read Heather’s upcoming blogs.



About PVED

Parents Via Egg Donation, or PVED, was created to provide an informational and supportive environment where parents and parents-to-be can learn and share information about all facets of the egg donation process.

Our mission is to educate, support, and empower families and individuals at any stage of the process who choose to use egg donation to build a family. We share information about agencies, legal and medical professionals, treatment centers, mental health therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and other resources.

PVED is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Scappoose, Oregon

Their website contains a wide variety of information and ideas to help you in your family-building journey. If you can’t find what you are looking for, our listserves can link you to others who may have had similar experiences and are happy to share their knowledge.

Our Favorite Donor Egg Blogs

At Fairfax EggBank, our team’s top priority is providing our recipients with the level of care and service they deserve. We aim to help minimize stress throughout their journey and help them achieve their goals to conceive and build a family of their own. Many of our donor egg recipients come to us looking for donor egg success stories. Below is a list of our favorite blogs that share the journeys of women who chose to share their story of starting a family through using an egg donor. While these are not all Fairfax EggBank recipients and the process and experiences they had may not be the same, their stories and advice can provide you will some insight as you pursue your own journey with IVF treatment using donor eggs.


Trisha’s Journey
Trisha is a donor egg mom or donor egg recipeient who shared her donor egg success story on our blog.  She is a 38 year old working professional who had gone through seven failed IUI and three failed IVF cycles using her own eggs before she decided to reach out to Fairfax EggBank. Her story is told through a series of blog posts which take readers through her decision to use frozen eggs, finding the right egg donor, and the medical processes she went through.


PVED (Parents Via Egg Donation)

Parents Via Egg Donation, or PVED, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to provide an informational and supportive environment where parents and parents-to-be can learn and share information about all facets of the donor egg ivf process. They blog information about agencies, legal and medical professionals, treatment centers, mental health therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and other resources.


Facebook: @parentsviaeggdonation

Twitter: @pved


A Chick and Eggs

This one is the journey of a women who states she’s “an infertile chick who made a baby with some other chick’s eggs. Which is weird,” and decided to blog about it using a good dose of humor to approach the subject of egg donation. She discusses her timeline of infertility as well as the trials and tribulations of being pregnant. One reader commented with “thanks for the laughs – I really need them.”


DE Mommy

Here is “a family’s journey to adding a sibling (or two!) through anonymous donor eggs” after trying various methods to become pregnant and experiencing a great deal of heartache. She eventually became pregnant with twins and continues to blog about her family life.


My Path to Mommyhood

Jess is a married 40 year old special education teacher who has been on the path to mommyhood for seven years. She invites readers to follow her on “the crazy, hopeful, discouraging, funny, and ultimately successful (one way or another) path to parenthood while facing infertility.” This was a 2012 Night of Hope nominee for “Best Blog.” She also shares links to “Useful Reads” about both infertility and adoption.


EGGtraordinary: Our Journey to Egg Donation

Hope was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure nine years ago but beat the odds and was able to have her own genetic child. She decided to grow her family further through egg donation, eventually having twin girls.


The Egg Donor

From the perspective of a woman donating her eggs, this blog follows her journey as a four-time donor. As someone considering egg donation to start your family, it may be interesting to hear things from the point of view of the donor.

Twitter: @EggDonorDiva


Don’t Count Your Eggs

Maya is 35 and claims she has “tried anything and everything we could because time and options were running out.” She and her husband were able to conceive via embryo donation but her story includes posts about infertility, procedures, and coping before, during, and after she was able to start her family. Her blog was nominated in 2014 and 2015 for the Night of Hope “Best Blog.”

Twitter: @eggcountingal


Fairfax EggBank is confident in the quality of its egg donors, the expertise of its scientists, and the experience it has in freezing eggs. We hope that these blogs helped answer some questions about the journey of using donor eggs with ivf you may have. If you would like more information, please feel free to Contact Us.

Top Conferences in 2017 for Donor Egg Patients


If you are thinking about starting a family and need help getting started, there are a variety of conferences where you can learn more about egg donation and donor egg ivf. Fertility experts, service providers, and vendors will provide insight into the options available to you as a donor egg recipient. Meanwhile you will be surrounded by people just like you who are looking to start a family.

The list of the top fertility and family-planning conferences for 2017:

Manchester Fertility Show

mancheter-fertility-show-2017Whether you are just thinking about starting a family or have been trying for a while, The Fertility Show Manchester can provide advice, information, and support to help you on your journey. Their extensive seminar program provides access to experts and a wide range of exhibitors so you can explore the best options for you and get some of your questions answered.
When: March 25th-26th, 2017
Where: Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill St, Manchester UK
Learn More:


American Fertility EXPO

american-fertility-expo-2017The American Fertility Expo will offer a full day of cutting-edge seminars by top fertility professionals, interactive workshops, networking opportunities with leading medical professionals, and the space to learn, reflect, recharge, and renew in a safe and discreet venue.
When: April 29th, 2017
Where: Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, CA 91101
Learn More:



resolve-fertility-conference-2017Exploring Paths of Hope: 32nd Annual Infertility & Adoption Family Building Conference. If you have been trying to conceive for over six months, this will be the conference for you.This conference is designed to address the medical and emotional issues associated with infertility and adoption. Attendees will learn about new treatments, be able to talk directly to doctors and specialists, explore parenting options and network with others experiencing infertility.
When: October 2017 (TBA)
Where: Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55431
Learn More:


RESOLVE New England 24th Annual Conference

resolve-new-england-conference-2017The 24th Fertility Treatment, Donor Choices and Adoption Conference is the largest educational consumer infertility conference in the country.
When: November 4th
Where: Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, Newton, MA 02466
Learn More:



Men Having Babies

stacks_image_18880Surrogacy workshops, seminars, and exhibitions for gay prospective parents. Men Having Babies seminars provided hundreds of gay men a comprehensive overview of surrogacy by panels of experts and peers.
When/Where: Tel Aviv – March 2-3
Chicago – April 8-9
Dallas – June 10-11
Brussels – September 23-24
New York – November (TBA)
Learn More:


Gay Women’s Gathering: An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy

path-to-parenthood-conference-2017A free event hosted in various cities which will feature a doctor, attorney, and sperm bank rep discussing everything you need to know about working with sperm donors, legal safeguards for LGBT families during the Trump-era and medical procedures, like insemination and in vitro fertilization, and Zika avoidance.
When/Where: Huston – March 22
Dallas – March 30
Miami – April 19
Beverly Hills – April 26
Learn More:


While online research can teach you a lot about infertility and the egg donation process, attending a conference will give you access to medical professionals, attorneys, and people just like you who can provide first hand testimony about their experience.

These conferences are intended to be informative and supportive during your family-planning journey. Now that you have this year’s line-up for conferences, which ones will you be attending?

Thank You Letter from a Recipient to Her Egg Donor

Below is a recent letter from an egg donor recipient, who wanted to express anonymously to her egg donor just how grateful she was.


I don’t know even where to begin with my gratitude to you.  I know that you and I will never meet, but I want you to know every day I am so thankful you have given me and my husband hope to become parents.  I think about the sacrifice it took for you to be selfless to help people have a family.

When I started the donor egg process, I have to admit I was thinking I wouldn’t find someone who matched me or had the same values as me.  After reading your profile there were so many similarities.  You and I were both softball players and we have a lot of the same physical features, but the biggest reason why I chose you was how you wanted your kids to be kind.  That is what I have always wanted for my children.

I don’t think you realize what you have given to our family. We are now excited and hopeful for the future.  When I was diagnosed with my form of infertility, which was premature ovarian failure, I was so scared and anxious about the future.  We now have a plan something to look forward to.  Please know we consider you an angel.  I thank God every day for you giving us this opportunity.  Both of us have longed for a baby for so long and because of you we are one step closer.

I hope that every woman that goes through this finds an egg donor that fits them as perfect as I did.  I will continue to be thankful for you every day for the rest of my life.  Once again thank you, thank you, thank you!  I am forever grateful and you will always have a special place in our hearts.



Your donor egg recipient

Tips for a Healthy Donor Egg Pregnancy


Have you decided to pursue pregnancy through IVF with frozen donor eggs? You’ve probably been spending a lot of time researching your options, looking at using egg donors, and thinking about finances. In the middle of all that, it might be easy to forget about the most important part of this equation: you! How can mothers-to-be best prepare for a pregnancy with donor eggs? Check out our tips for a healthy pregnancy if you choose to go down the path of  IVF using donor eggs.

Pre-conception Health

You have the advantage of knowing that you are going to become pregnant. This means you can prepare yourself to become pregnant, both mind and body. The most important steps you can take before you become pregnant are:

  • Take folic acid every day for at least 3 months before getting pregnant. This lowers the risk of some birth defects of the brain and spine of your child. Taking a pre-natal vitamin with folic acid is the best and easiest way to be sure you’re getting enough.
  • You should stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Stay away from second-hand smoke as well after you become pregnant.
  • If you have a medical condition, make sure that you are under a physician’s care and they are aware you are trying to become pregnant. Anything from diabetes to depression should be well managed. Any medications should also be discussed with a doctor.

Healthy Eating and Nutrition

Pregnant women, no matter how they conceive, need to follow healthy eating guidelines. Everything that goes into your body can nourish your uterine environment—and can boost your embryo implantation success. Critical nutrients include:

  • Iron: Red meat, chicken, leafy greens, beans. Boosts blood cell production and overall cardiovascular health.
  • Calcium: Dairy, beans, some green leafy vegetables. Helps develop strong teeth, bones, and muscles.
  • Vitamin D: Dairy, some fish, some leafy greens. Helps your body absorb calcium and iron.
  • Vitamin C: Citrus, berries, many other veggies. Also helps your body absorb calcium and iron, and is vital to the growth and repair of tissues throughout your body.
  • Folic acid: Dark green veggies, citrus, dried beans, avocados. This is critical reduces the risk of birth defects in the early stages of fetal development and is important for the rapid cell growth of the placenta and your developing baby. Floci acid should be taken before and throughout your pregnancy. Pre-natal vitamin supplements are a fantastic option.
  • Healthy fats: found in olives, nuts, seed, and fish. Anti-oxidants and omega fatty acids boost brain development, among other benefits.
  • Avoid eating fish that are high in mercury, like swordfish and mackerel.
  • Consider limiting caffeine intake.

Seeing a common theme? Fruits and veggies are vital to your healthy pre-pregnancy body. Taking pre-natal vitamins Supplements can help (especially with folic acid), but there’s no substitute for a well-rounded, healthy diet. If you’re not a fruit or veggie fan, it’s a great time to try new recipes; you could also consult a professional nutritionist for suggestions on working more into your diet.

Exercise Your Body and Mind

We understand—it’s hard to find time to exercise when you’re busy with so many other things. But exercise does so much for your overall health and helps you get ready for a successful pregnancy. Aerobic exercise—walking, bike riding, swimming—boosts blood circulation, which in turn helps your uterine tissue. Flexibility and core training, such as yoga, helps keep your joints more flexible and can strengthen your pelvic floor. Regular exercise (along with healthy eating habits) can also keep your weight down—studies show that pregnancy risks increase for woman with higher BMIs (body mass index).

The benefits of exercise go beyond the physical. Exercise doesn’t have to be a slog—find something that you think is rewarding and fun, something that feels like a real break. A walk or a class with a friend can boost your mood. Yoga can help you reduce stress which is another huge factor in becoming pregnant and having a successful pregnancy.

Keeping your stress controlled to a healthy level is extremely important. Do what makes you happy, start a new hobby, consult a therapist for supportive care.  Getting enough sleep is also critical for you and your baby.

Time spent taking care of yourself is time well spent.

Special Concerns for Donor Egg Recipients

The recommendations we’ve made apply to any woman who’s trying to become pregnant. But women who decide to use donor eggs on their journey to motherhood might face some extra challenges. This includes women over 40.

The average age of women pursuing IVF with donor eggs is over 40. Older mothers may face some extra health risks, including high blood pressure and diabetes. This means it’s even more critical to take of your health through nutritious eating and exercise. It’s also crucial that you check on your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels checked. If you’ve spent years pursuing other fertility treatments, the idea of another doctor visit may not exactly be appealing. But a thorough medical checkup before you get started with your donor egg pregnancy will help you get ready for this big step.

Bottom line: All women hoping to become pregnant need to make their own health a priority, and that goes double for women try to achieve pregnancy through donor eggs. Healthy foods, regular exercise, and self-care are the best ways you can get ready for the journey ahead. Remember to consult your doctor and to develop a well-rounded plan for your pregnancy.

Books for Children Conceived through Egg Donation


For parents gifted with children conceived through egg donation, it’s important to tell them about their origins. However, it might be a hard or awkward conversation to start. Parents may worry how to present many subjects surrounding donated eggs—sperm, eggs, egg donors, pregnancy, IVF, surrogacy—in language that children can understand, while also taking their age into account.

Fortunately, many children’s authors and illustrators have created a wide range of books to help parents of egg donor children start the conversation. We’ve put together a beginning list of recommended books for parents of donor offspring to share with their kids.


Books for Children Conceived through Egg Donation

  • One More Giraffe by Kim Noble. Ages 5 and under.A board book that introduces the key concepts about babies and egg donation, and how some people (or in this case giraffes) need help to be able to be a Mommy or a Daddy.
  • donor conceived childrens book one more giraffeThe Pea That Was Me: An Egg Donation Story by Kimberly Kluger-Bell. Ages 3-5. With age appropriate language and clear but simple concepts, the story talks about how it takes an egg, a sperm and a “tummy” to make a baby; that Mommy’s eggs weren’t working quite right; and why Mommy and Daddy needed the help of a very special person: an egg donor. Psychotherapist and reproductive specialist Kim Kluger-Bell has written a series of other books addressing reproduction topics for younger children, including The Pea That Was Me: A Two Dads’ Egg Donation and Surrogacy Story.donor egg childrens book the pea that was me
  • A Part Was Given and an Angel Was Born by Rozanne Nathalie. Ages 4-8. By using phrases such as “a part in mommy just didn’t work as it should,” this book tries to lighten the “heaviness” that an accompany the topic of egg donation by emphasizing the love that surrounds it.Donor conceived childrens book-part was given angel was born
  • Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big? by Caroline Nadel. Ages 5 and under. A mother elephant explains her use of donor eggs to her child. With vivid illustrations and simple language (“Mommy, was your tummy big?”) this book can help parents who used in vitro fertilization and donor eggs begin to explain the process to small children. The book has been praised by many mental health professionals who work with fertility issues. A Spanish version is available through the author’s website.Mommy was your tummy big - Donor conceived children's book
  • Phoebe’s Family: A Story about Egg Donation by Linda Stamm and Joan Clipp. Ages 5-10. Phoebe’s mom tells her the wonderful and unique story of how she came to be through egg donation. Along the way, Phoebe hears about the challenges her parents faced in trying to have a baby, as well as the ultimate good news of her birth into a warm and loving family. Great for elementary school-aged kids.Donor conceived childrens book - A story about egg donation
  • The Twin Kangaroo Treasure Hunt: A Gay Parenting Story by Carmen Martinez Jover. Ages 2-6. An introduction to the concepts of donor eggs and surrogacy for children with gay dads.Donor egg conceived childrens book - Kangaroo treasure hunt
  • A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life, an Egg Donor Story by Carmen Martinez Jover. Ages 2-6. A donor story about a happy rabbit couple who have everything—except a baby bunny. One day a good lady rabbit brings them a tiny itsy bitsy gift of life: an egg. A Spanish edition is also available.Donor conceived children's book - Tiny itsy bitsy gift of life


With the holiday season upon us, a book that the whole family can share is a wonderful gift.For children conceived with the help of donor eggs, books are a great way to begin their journey of self-discovery. Do you have any more books you’d like to add to this list?

Gestational Surrogacy and Frozen Donor Eggs


For some families hoping for a child of their own, donor eggs may not be enough. Some couples need to also rely on a gestational surrogate for a successful pregnancy. A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a pregnancy and delivers a baby for another family. This surrogate if often not related to the baby she carries; the pregnancy is achieved through IVF with another egg, which can be a donor egg.

So when is a gestational surrogate the best option, and how does it relate to the use of donor eggs — especially frozen donor eggs?


Surrogacy for Women Facing Infertility

A woman may have an issue with her uterus that prevents a pregnancy from being carried safely to term, this includes a missing uterus due to surgery or other health difficulties. At the same time, she may also have problems with her eggs due to age, ovarian health, or other genetic factors. The decision to use donor eggs, as well as a surrogate to carry the pregnancy, is a difficult decision. But for couples faced with these fertility problems, surrogacy with donor eggs represents their best chance at parenthood.


Surrogacy for Gay Males Couples Building Families

Male couples longing for their own children now have the option to use donor eggs with a surrogate. The definition of family is expanding, yet sometimes adoption can be a daunting process for male couples. Instead, surrogacy with donor eggs offers the chance to start their own family.


How Do Families Find a Surrogate?

Find a surrogate is not an easy process. Some couples go through agencies to find a healthy, screened young woman to act as a gestational surrogate. Some go through private channels to find one on their own. Both routes to find a gestational surrogate are emotionally and legally complicated, and take time, patience, and money.


What’s Involved with Using Donor Eggs and a Gestational Surrogate?

The steps involved with donated eggs and surrogacy are time-consuming and complex, especially if families decide to use fresh donor eggs from a live donor.

  • Both women have to find time in their busy lives for what is, after all, a major commitment for both (but especially for the surrogate).
  • Legal documents have to be signed.
  • In-depth screening must be completed for donor and surrogate.
  • Both women’s menstrual cycles have be synchronized through medication.
  • There are also travel arrangements and expenses for the couple, the donor, and the surrogate.
  • There’s no guarantee how the donor will respond to the medication, or how many eggs will be retrieved.

All the time and expense involved with a gestational surrogate can be very difficult for couples seeking a chance at parenthood through this method.


How Frozen Donor Eggs Can Help

Frozen donor eggs from a donor egg bank such as Fairfax EggBank have already been retrieved from rigorously screened donors, extraordinary women who have already taken the time and effort to donate their eggs. What does this mean for the surrogacy process?

  • Less time. With frozen donor eggs, the screening and retrieval have already been completed.
  • Less worry. Families only need to focus on the needs and scheduling of one special woman, the surrogate.
  • Less expense. No travel and legal expenses for the egg donor are required with frozen eggs.
  • Less surprise. When a couple purchases frozen donor eggs, the eggs are shipped in a cohort, or a set number of eggs. There’s no surprises about the number of eggs retrieved.

For couples hoping to build their families with the help of a gestational surrogate and donor eggs, frozen donor eggs can be a more affordable way to make their wishes come true. Please contact us if you have more questions about surrogacy with frozen eggs.