Fairfax EggBank FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use frozen donor eggs from Fairfax Egg Bank?
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 clients 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 client’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 see how Fairfax EggBank compares to alternative options and donor egg banks, click here.
What is the difference between fresh versus frozen donor eggs?
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.
What is the science behind frozen donor eggs?
Fairfax EggBank utilizes 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.
I already have a fertility clinic, but they are not currently partnered with Fairfax EggBank. Can you ship frozen donor eggs to my clinic?
Fairfax EggBank is interested in partnering with your physician if your clinic knows how to thaw frozen eggs or they are interested in being trained. Partnering with Fairfax EggBank is fast and easy. Contact us and we will reach out to your clinic on your behalf.
Where does my treatment cycle and embryo transfer take place?
Fairfax EggBank works with affiliate clinics across the United States, Canada, and Brazil. These clinics have been specially trained in the necessary 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.
What can I expect once I’ve chosen a clinic?
While the process can differ from clinic to clinic, typically you will need a consultation with a physician and 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.
How many donor eggs will I receive?
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.
How many embryos may I expect from a cohort of eggs?
While every cycle is different, our experience indicates that a cohort will likely produce 2 good quality embryos suitable for transfer. Some cohorts may produce more embryos than you wish to transfer. In this case, excess embryos can be frozen for future use. Our program has had great success in using frozen embryos originally created from frozen donor eggs.
How much do frozen donor eggs cost?
A cohort of frozen donor eggs costs $14,400 plus shipping and handling. Some affiliate clinics purchase the eggs from Fairfax EggBank on your behalf, then include the cost of the cohort in the total price of your treatment cycle. In those cases, the only payment due from you would be to your clinic; you would pay nothing to Fairfax EggBank. Some clinics will only charge you for the price of the treatment cycle itself and have you arrange payment with us directly for the cost of the cohort. Please ask your clinic which payment option they have elected. Click for more detailed information about donor egg cost.
Does Fairfax EggBank provide any guarantee on eggs purchased from the Bank?
Yes! Fairfax EggBank is confident in the quality of its egg donors and donor eggs, the expertise of its scientists and the experience it has in freezing eggs. Learn more about our donor egg guarantee.
How many egg donors are there to choose from?
All of the egg donor cohorts we have available to potential recipients are listed by egg donor profile in our egg donor database. This is updated on a regular basis as we add more egg donor cohorts and match others to recipients. The Fairfax EggBank works diligently to expand your options and include egg donors of many different ethnicities andbackgrounds, with varied interests and advanced schooling. Regulations vary by State and Country, please verify eligibility to ship into your State or Country by speaking with one of our donor coordinators.
Why would a woman choose to donate her eggs?
There are many reasons why women choose to become an egg donor. Please take a few moments to review our resources:
- Read the personal stories of three of our egg donors.
- Watch a video of an egg donor describe her motivation and experience.
- Read our blog about “Why Women Donate Eggs“.
How much information do you provide on the egg donors?
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 all donors are also available as a patient of any affiliate clinic once the confidentiality agreement has been signed and returned, as a reasonable precaution to preserve their 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.