FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, just contact us and we will follow up with you within one business day.

About Fairfax EggBank

Fairfax EggBank has one of the most comprehensive egg donor screening processes of any donor egg bank in the world, which translates into excellent quality egg donors and expansive egg donor selection.

We are owned and operated by the same group of scientists and physicians who own Fairfax Cryobank, one of the nation’s leading sperm banks. This experience greatly enhances our ability to serve our recipients, because the dedicated staff at the Fairfax EggBank has decades of experience addressing the unique sensitivities of patients who are considering the use of donor eggs or donor sperm.

Put simply, Fairfax EggBank provides quality and quantity when it comes to our recipient’s choice of egg donors. We have a network of highly trained fertility centers and decades of experience serving patients who are building their families with the help of donor gametes.

To learn more about the Fairfax EggBank difference, click here.

Egg Donor Database

An ID Option egg donor is a donor who agrees to allow us to release her identity and contact information to the donor-conceived child, once that child reaches the age of 18 and he or she requests the information. You can learn more about our program here.

We offer a significant amount of detailed information about each egg donor. In fact, our program is one of the few to offer such a vast amount of information on each donor. Profiles can be found on the website, including medical and personal history, donor essays, audio interviews, and childhood photos. Adulthood photos for donors are also available once you complete a confidentiality agreement, as a reasonable precaution to preserve the donor’s anonymity. Many recipients say that this additional information and extensive screening are incredibly helpful in selecting just the right donor. For a full list of screening tests please click here.

Our database changes constantly. If you are looking for a certain type of donor but don’t see any available on the website, please contact us so that your dedicated coordinator can listen to your needs and facilitate the search process for you.

If the donor is no longer listed on our website, this means she no longer has cohorts available for purchase. Still, we encourage you to contact us to let us know the donor you had your eyes on – there is always a chance that another recipient releases a cohort they had reserved, or the donor returns for another cycle. While we won’t be able to share future cycle plans with you, we may be able to alert you should she have donor eggs available again.

We encourage you to check the database periodically, since our database changes daily. Also, contact us to let us know what kind of donor you are looking for. Your coordinator will do her best to keep her eyes open once a donor comes along who might be the right one for you.

“Favoriting” a donor does not reserve a donor for you. The function aims to help you easily find a donor that you’re interested in anytime you return to our website. If you would like to get more information on a donor or might be interested in purchasing the donor’s eggs, contact us.

NOTE: If you “favorite” a donor and see that she no longer appears when you return to the website, this means she no longer has egg donor cohorts available.

You can view the adulthood photos by executing the following steps:

  1. Create a user account
  2. Complete an online photo consent form

You should be able to view the photos after completing these two steps. If you decide you want to disable the ability to view adulthood photos, simply go to your account settings to turn off the feature.

 

Financial Information

A cohort of frozen donor eggs costs $14,900 plus shipping and handling ($490). You will remit payment to Fairfax EggBank once we receive the necessary documents from you and your clinic authorizes the purchase and shipment of the donor eggs.

Some partnering IVF clinics purchase the donor egg cohort from Fairfax EggBank on your behalf, then include the cost of the cohort in the total price of your treatment cycle. In these cases, the only payment due from you would be to your clinic; you would pay nothing to Fairfax EggBank. Please ask your clinic which payment option they have elected. To learn more, click here.

No, there are no hidden fees when working with Fairfax EggBank. There is no fee to view a donor profile, and the cost of the egg donor cohort is the same regardless of the number of eggs in the cohort. To learn more, click here.

As a human tissue bank, Fairfax EggBank is not a healthcare provider and does not participate in insurance plans. We are unaware of any CPT, HCPCS, or other medical or billing codes for purchased donor egg cohorts on a stand-alone basis. As such, we will not be able to provide recipients with a code to submit to their insurance plans for reimbursement.

Guarantee

The conditions are explained in the Terms of Use agreement you will receive when working with Fairfax EggBank. Please ask your Fairfax EggBank coordinator should you require further explanation on the guarantee definition and conditions.

Process

The process is easy!

First, register to access our donor database. Also, contact us so that you can be assigned a dedicated coordinator who will be ready to support you and explain the process step-by-step. Upon verification that you are a patient at an affiliate IVF clinic partner*, she’ll let you know how many donor egg cohorts are available for the donor(s) you are interested in, provide any other details on the donor that may be available, and help you reserve a donor egg cohort once you’re ready to move forward.

We can ship donor eggs to your clinic immediately as long as 1) your clinic is an affiliate IVF clinic partner, 2) your clinic authorizes your purchase and shipment, and 3) you complete our simple paperwork and payment process.

Our goal is to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

*If your clinic isn’t listed as an IVF clinic partner, don’t worry: just let us know so that we can initiate the partnership process with your clinic.

Please contact us as soon as you see a donor that you’re interested in. Our database constantly changes and we’ve often encountered disappointed recipients who contacted us only after realizing the donor they were interested in is no longer listed in our database. Once you’ve initiated contact and we’ve confirmed you’re a patient at an IVF clinic partner, your dedicated coordinator will walk you through the steps to secure a donor. This consists of completing simple paperwork, having your clinic authorize the purchase and shipment, and remitting payment to Fairfax EggBank for the donor egg cohort.

As long as you are a patient at an IVF clinic partner, the clinic authorizes you to receive donor eggs, and you complete the paperwork and payment, the process can take just a few days. Variables that can affect the length of time include responsiveness of the recipient and clinic, any testing the recipient and partner need to complete, and the clinic’s availability to receive the donor eggs. We will work with you with the best of our ability to meet your anticipated timeline for transfer.

You will purchase a cohort of donor eggs. Each cohort has a minimum of 6 mature, vitrified eggs for your use. Most cohorts range between 6-8 eggs each.

We will ship the donor eggs overnight to your clinic, once we have explicit confirmation from the clinic’s embryology laboratory that they are available to receive the eggs. We typically ship out early in the week to avoid the risk of shipping delays over the weekend.

Fairfax EggBank works with over 200 IVF clinic partners across the United States, Canada, and Brazil. These clinics have been specially trained in our proprietary lab techniques to achieve optimal success. Fairfax EggBank will ship eggs to any of these clinics or your own; the choice of which one is entirely up to you. Simply contact your clinic and let them know you are interested in proceeding with a frozen donor egg cycle using eggs from the Fairfax EggBank; we’ll take care of the rest.

You still have the option to purchase a donor egg cohort via the Oocyte Storage Agreement, as long as you are a patient at an IVF clinic partner and they allow you to purchase the cohort. By executing the Oocyte Storage Agreement, you’ll be able to purchase the egg donor cohort but keep it in storage at Fairfax EggBank until you and your clinic are ready to have it shipped. Please contact us for further details.

While the process can differ from clinic to clinic, typically you will need a consultation with a physician and complete diagnostic testing before treatment can begin. In most cases, this takes just a few weeks to complete. Once treatment is ready to commence, medications will be given to prepare your body for the embryo transfer. Medication and treatment protocols will vary; however in a typical frozen donor egg cycle, the duration from when the recipient begins medication to prepare her uterus until the day the embryo transfer takes place is about a month.

Contingent on availability of cohorts, you have the option to purchase multiple cohorts. We offer a discount of $2,000 for any subsequent cohorts you purchase within the same transaction (e.g., if you purchase 3 cohorts, you will pay full price for the first cohort and receive a discount of $4,000 on subsequent cohorts).

Success and Outcomes

Fairfax EggBank uses the most advanced technology available, called vitrification, to freeze our donor eggs. In laymen’s terms, vitrification can be considered a “flash freeze” method. Until a few years ago, egg freezing wasn’t very common, but when it was attempted, it was done through a slow freeze technique.

The old fashioned, slow-freeze method had limited success because ice crystals would form within the egg and destroy its internal structure. By contrast, vitrification greatly minimizes the formation of ice crystals because the freezing is done so quickly and because of the use of special coating around the eggs called “cryoprotectants.”

In our close laboratory analysis, we observe that eggs that have been vitrified are virtually the same as freshly retrieved eggs. They appear very similar under the microscope, they fertilize at nearly the same rate as fresh eggs do and the resultant embryos grow and divide (progress) in the same manner.

In a frozen donor egg cycle, the IVF cycle has already taken place, with the eggs retrieved and vitrified for use in your future treatment. Recipients using frozen donor eggs do not need to synchronize their treatment schedule with the egg donor, as is required in fresh egg donation cycles.

The major benefits of using frozen donor eggs are the convenience of being able to start based on your schedule alone, rather than having to sit on a waiting list or work around the egg donor’s menstrual cycle or availability. By contrast, the benefit to doing a fresh cycle would be the potential for more donor eggs. A typical cohort of frozen donor eggs from Fairfax EggBank consists of 6-8 eggs. It is possible that a fresh donor egg cycle could yield more than that. (It is also possible that a fresh cycle could yield less.) Fairfax EggBank does offer an embryo development guarantee for each purchased cohort – this is the promise that if at least one good embryo does not result despite meeting stated conditions, Fairfax EggBank will provide a free replacement cohort of another 6-8 eggs.

Fairfax EggBank recipients have the peace of mind of knowing that the eggs have already been retrieved and vitrified so any concerns about egg donor compliance, cycle cancellation and response to medications are no longer issues.

Cost is almost always less when using frozen donor eggs and it is also more predictable. This is true in part because many of the variables in a fresh cycle are not present in a frozen donor egg cycle. These variables include costs of egg donor medications and insurance, and the expense of making last-minute travel plans due to a donor’s response that could be faster or slower than predicted.

Learn more here.