Why Use Frozen Donor Eggs?
Advantages of Using Frozen Donor Eggs vs Fresh Donor Eggs
The Donor Eggs Are Ready When You Are
Frozen donor eggs from Fairfax EggBank are immediately available; no waiting is necessary to match with an egg donor of your choice. With a traditional fresh donor egg cycle, there is a certain amount of uncertainty built into the donor egg cycle. Will the egg donor respond? Will she comply with her treatment? Will any life event cause her to cancel at the eleventh hour? These are all unlikely scenarios, yet they illustrate the quintessential difference between fresh and frozen donor eggs: Frozen donor eggs have already been obtained from the donor and are ready for use. There is no mystery about how many, if any, will be obtained from the egg donor’s retrieval.
Convenience of Frozen Donor Eggs
After you select your egg donor, you determine when to begin treatment. Unlike traditional fresh donor egg cycles that involve the necessary step of synchronizing the egg donor and recipient’s menstrual cycles, using eggs that have already been retrieved and cryopreserved (frozen) is a much simpler process.
The simplified treatment plan allows you to schedule your IVF treatment according to your schedule, without having to factor in another woman’s menstrual cycle, or her work/vacation/school/life schedule. Most patients find this aspect of using frozen donor eggs particularly attractive because it gives them more control over their treatment.
Using frozen donor eggs is a lower priced option for recipients, it is considered much more affordable than the cost of a traditional fresh donor egg cycle. Please review our donor egg pricing information.
Research indicates that success rates for using frozen donor eggs is rapidly approaching and is nearly the same as using fresh donor eggs. Learn more about our frozen donor egg success rates.
Fully-Screened, Highest Quality Egg Donors
Our egg donors are held to the highest standards and undergo an intense screening and testing process, ensuring you the highest-quality donor eggs available anywhere. Less than 1% of egg donor applicants are accepted into our egg bank’s egg donor program. You can be confident you are receiving the highest quality donor eggs available.
Our team of reproductive endocrinologists, geneticists, and genetic counselors reviews each donor’s individual and family health histories, medical tests, and other background information to ensure that each egg donor meets our highly selective standards. In addition to a physical exam, applicants also undergo a psychological examination in order to assess their mental health fitness, their commitment to the program and to determine whether or not they are an overall appropriate candidate. Each applicant is educated at length on what is involved in donating her eggs in terms of time commitment required, physical symptoms and logistical concerns she may encounter, as well as the medical risks involved in the procedure.
Donors are extensively tested for genetic and infectious diseases, including the following (as recommended and/or required by ACOG, ACMG, ASRM and FDA):
- HIV 1, 2 & 0, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea & Chlamydia
- Full chromosome analysis (karyotype)
- DNA testing for Cystic Fibrosis (99 mutations), Fragile X, Tay Sachs & Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
- Fertility evaluation including hormone testing and ultrasound evaluation of the ovaries
- An extended panel of ancestry-based genetic disorders has been completed for some donors
- More information on our egg donor testing
Extensive Egg Donor Information Provided
It is important to note that our egg bank’s program is one of the few to offer such an extensive amount of information on each donor. Our staff is available to assist you throughout the egg donor selection process, but the choice of egg donor is always ultimately up to you. In order to help you make the best possible choice, we provide the following information about each egg donor:
- Current photos*
- Childhood photos
- Audio interviews
- Blood type
- Ethnic background of donor’s mother and father
- Proven – Whether or not pregnancies have been achieved in the past
- Body build
- Eye color
- Hair color and texture
- Years of education and major areas of study
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and grade point averages
- Special interests
- Family medical history
- Essays by donors
- Personality typing based on the Keirsey test
Why Do Our Egg Donors Choose to Donate Their Eggs?
There are many reasons why women choose to become an egg donor. To read the personal stories of three of our egg donors click here.
*Available upon approval of Patient Photo Agreement