IVF With Donor Eggs

At birth, women are born with all (2 million!) of our eggs. As we age, our eggs age with us: our egg quality and quantity diminishes over time. This means it’s completely normal, natural, and even expected for women to experience declining ovarian function after age 35.

The good news: donor egg IVF is a highly successful treatment available for men and women who do not have their own viable eggs. Of all fertility treatments, donor egg IVF has among the best success rates. The reason? Donor egg IVF uses eggs donated by young, healthy women who have undergone rigorous screening to ensure that only the highest quality eggs are cycled.

IVF WITH DONOR EGGS: THE BASICS

IVF with donor eggs is often the next step for women without an adequate supply of viable eggs (due to age or other factors), who have a healthy uterus and are willing and able to carry a pregnancy.

Donor egg IVF offers high success rates for women, and a path to parenthood for couples without eggs of their own.

WHO USES DONOR EGGS?

  • Gay men
  • Women ages 35 or older
  • Women who have undergone cancer treatment
  • Women without ovaries
  • Women with multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Women experiencing early menopause or premature ovarian failure
  • Women with egg-factor infertility
  • Women with a family history of genetic disease
  • Women with low response to ovulation induction
  • Gestational Carriers

 

CHOOSING FRESH VS. FROZEN EGGS

It’s your choice to use either fresh or frozen eggs. Because frozen egg IVF is faster and more convenient, we typically recommend patients cycle with frozen eggs.

The fresh donor egg IVF process begins with synchronizing the menstrual cycles of the egg donor and the intended mother – a process which requires both women to stay local to one another, and can take 4-8 weeks. The entire donor egg IVF process takes 6+ months with fresh eggs. One risk to consider with fresh eggs is the chance for your donor to fail pre-screening, low ovarian response, or an unexpected life event at some point in the cycling process.

On the other hand, the IVF process with frozen donor eggs allows the egg donor to cycle at her own convenience, because her eggs are frozen and stored at Donor Egg Bank USA rather than immediately cycled through the intended mother. The intended parent(s) can then browse through all potential donors (online) when they are ready. With frozen eggs, the entire process takes 4 months or less.

OUR DONOR EGG BANK PARTNERSHIP

Through our partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA, one of the world’s largest and most reputable donor egg agencies, you have the certainty, clarity.

Our partnership with reputable, national donor agencies allows our patients access to a wide selection of qualified, healthy donors to meet your preferences.

As a part of the national Boston IVF network of fertility centers, we are also able to offer patients the convenience of choosing eggs that have been retrieved and frozen from pre-screened donors.

WHO DONATES EGGS?

National donor agencies maintain a roster of qualified and healthy egg donors. The young women who donate eggs undergo comprehensive physical and psychological screening, and only a small percentage of applicants are selected for donation. The identities of these donors are kept anonymous but you do have access to detailed information about the donor.

  • Known egg donors
    A known egg donor can be a friend or relative who chooses to donate her eggs to you
  • Frozen Donor Egg Banks
    The Boston IVF national network of fertility centers offer patients the option of choosing eggs that have been retrieved and frozen from pre-screened donors. The process provides immediate access to donors and eliminates the need for synchronization of the donor and recipient’s menstrual cycles. eggs can be withdrawn whenever you’re ready. independence! certainty that your cycle won’t be cancelled due to a donor’s failed screening or unexpected life events. guarantees quality embryo transfer within a certain number of cycles. cheaper than fresh egg.

 

THE DONOR EGG IVF PROCESS

  1. Meet with a fertility expert at our Albany fertility clinic for your initial consultation
  2. Your fertility doctor will review your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing
  3. Meet with our Donor Egg Coordinator, who will work with you to help you navigate the entire IVF process
  4. Select an egg donor, based on your own preferences.
  5. Begin pre-cycle testing (uterine evaluation, hormone tests, infectious disease tests, and the male partner’s semen analysis)
  6. Once eggs are obtained from the egg bank, they are thawed and fertilized with your partner’s or donor’s sperm in our lab.
  7. The resulting embryo is transferred into your uterus in an in-office procedure.
  8. Two weeks later, you will return to our office for a pregnancy test

 

YOUR FIRST STEP

Everyone’s journey to parenthood is unique.

To find out if IVF with donor eggs is the right option for you, begin by scheduling an initial consultation with our Albany fertility experts. Your doctor will review your medical history and complete a comprehensive fertility review to help you make the best decisions to move you closer to achieving your dream of building your family.