Recipient FAQs

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How much do frozen donor eggs cost?

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.

Why should I use frozen donor eggs from 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.

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What is the science behind frozen donor eggs?

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.

What’s the difference between fresh and 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.

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Are there any hidden fees?

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.

Can I obtain a medical or billing code to submit to my insurance for reimbursement?

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.

What are the conditions of the 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.