The egg donation process is used by 10 percent of couples who go through IVF (in vitro fertilization). Egg donors are most commonly used for older patients, but can be used for younger women in a variety of circumstances. For many couples, it marks a new and more hopeful chapter in a long saga of treatment.
The decision to use an egg donor is highly complex. If you have not been seeing a counselor, we recommend engaging one at this time. There are many complex issues which are raised regarding your personal lives. Information regarding identity issues of children will need to be addressed.
The success rate for egg donation is higher than any other assisted reproduction treatment, since the eggs are always obtained from qualified young women.
Option A: Solo match $20,250
Option A includes a complete donor treatment cycle with a specific donor. You would receive all the eggs from this donor. The benefit of this approach is that you would be highly likely to have frozen embryos which would enable you to have more than one child from one donation cycle. Alternatively, if you do not conceive in the first attempt, the frozen embryos give you a second chance to conceive.
The success rates are in the 50 to 60 percent range for the fresh cycle, if two (2) embryos are replaced. For older women, we highly recommend replacing only one (1) embryo.
Option B: Shared donor $13,000 / $11,000
This option includes a shared egg donor cycle. This means that a donor would be stimulated as normal, however the eggs produced during the single donation cycle would be divided evenly between two recipients. Because the costs of egg donation have become quite high for a single cycle, and because an excess number of eggs and embryos are produced beyond the need of many couples, the shared cycle has evolved into a popular low-cost alternative.
The donors used in shared cycles have been screened for their ovarian reserve. They usually have an early follicle count in excess of 15 and an AMH level over 3, the higher the better. In other cases, the donor has been through a stimulation cycle where more than 15 eggs were produced.
The use of the shared cycle requires more coordination. Both recipient couples must be synchronized, and the eggs that are retrieved from a donor are shared between the two recipients.
One recipient is the primary recipient. If the donor produces ten (10) eggs or less, the secondary recipient would be canceled. The primary recipient is then responsible for all cost of the donor cycle. The goal is to have one or two excellent embryos by the 5th day after egg retrieval.
In shared donor cycles, often there are good quality embryos which are frozen. However this is likely to be a small number of embryos.
Both cycle options include donor screening, testing, IVF costs and compensation. They also include recipient monitoring and cryopreservation of remaining viable embryos.