UK DONOR EGG PROGRAMME FAQ

General:

May I request additional pictures or additional profile information on a donor?

You may certainly ask the recipient liaisons to communicate with the donor to see if they would be willing to furnish additional pictures and information.

How often are donors updated on the website?

Donors are generally uploaded once to twice per week. As new donors are screened and deemed eligible, they are added to the database, in addition to repeat donors being approved for a subsequent donation.

What is the difference between a repeat donor and a first-time donor?

First-time donors are women that have never undergone an egg donation, however they have undergone a thorough medical and psychological evaluation and been approved to donate.

Repeat donors are women who have undergone a prior egg donation and were approved to donate again. Approximately 61 percent of egg donors will go on to complete a repeat donation.

We encourage patients to match with a donor who meets their criteria, and not focus on the donor being a new or repeat donor. All repeat donors were a first time donor at some point!

Do I need to disclose that I used donated eggs?

This is an individual choice and one only you can decide. When meeting with one of the mental health providers as part of your screening, the topic of disclosure will be discussed. We do highly recommend you discuss that an egg donor was used to your medical team, such as your OB/GYN, and pediatrician, as to ensure proper testing is done, and to have an accurate medical history for both you and your child(ren).

 

Financial:

Is there a cost to enroll or register to the Donor Database?

No. There are no upfront costs to browse the donor database.

What determines the cost of donor egg treatment?

Once the donor is selected the fee is payable in full. All cycle monitoring of the donor and recipient are included, the egg collection, Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), transfer, and subsequent blood work and scans to determine pregnancy.

What is the payment time frame after selecting a donor?

Payment is required within 48 hours. Information on how to make payment will be sent to you via e-mail shortly after your donor selection has been received by us.

Are the donor’s pre-screening and cycle medication included in the cost of your financial plans?

Yes, donors are fully screened in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines prior to their donation. All aspects of their donation cycle, including stimulation medication, are included in the cost of the financial plans unless otherwise stated.

Are my medications included in the cost of your financial plans?

No. We estimate recipient medication costs to be between $400 and $900.

 

Shared Risk 100% Refund and Shared Donor:

In regards to the Shared Risk 100% Refund Programme, what constitutes approval?

Adequate uterine function.

Can I withdraw at any time?

Yes.

Are there any exclusions for receiving a 100% refund?

Yes. If there are no frozen embryos remaining, a 100% refund will be given. If embryos remain but the patient wishes to withdraw, there are 2 options:

  1. Dispose of the remaining embryos and receive 100% refund.
  2. Keep the embryo’s frozen and receive a partial refund (the cost of one cycle fee will be deducted, the remainder will be refunded).

 

Medical Treatment and Egg Quality:

How many eggs will I receive?

The average number of eggs you receive will greatly be based upon which program you opt to participate in; whether it be a shared or non-shared program or frozen banked eggs.

  • Non-shared cycles average 15 eggs
  • Shared 1:2 Cycles (2 recipients sharing the same donor) average 9 eggs per recipient
  • Shared 1:3 Cycles (3 recipients sharing the same donor) average 7 eggs per recipient
  • Frozen, banked eggs average 6 to 8 eggs per recipient

How long will it take to complete treatment?

There is no wait to match with an egg donor. As soon as you make the decision to proceed with donor egg treatment, you will be provided with an outcome of screening that’s needed, which will optimize your chance of success. On average, most patients are able to undergo the necessary screening within 2 months, and then select an egg donor.

When working with a shared donor, the process will begin once the shared match becomes completed-meaning two or three recipients match with the same donor, based on which shared program you are participating in. Most shared cycles are able to come together, and have the correct number of recipients, within 4 weeks.

Patients can expect the process to take 4 months, from the time they initiate donor egg treatment, to the embryo transfer.

Who do I call with questions about my treatment?

You will have a dedicated medical and financial team who is available by phone and email . Based upon the nature of your question, will determine who to contact:

  • Screening – questions related to your screening and work-up can be directed to your Clinical Coordinator
  • Medical – questions related to your medications, treatment cycle, or updates on your egg donor can be directed to your Nurse
  • Financial – financial questions can be directed to your Financial Counselor.

Can I still use Shady Grove Fertility if I need a donor sperm or a gestational carrier?

Yes, of course. We work with outside sperm banks to resource donor sperm and with numerous surrogacy agencies for gestational carriers.

Is blood type important?

Blood type plays no medical role when undergoing donor egg treatment. It is not necessary to match with a donor based on your blood type, or the blood type of your partner. The only time blood type plays a factor is when a patient does not plan to disclose an egg donor was used, and opts to match blood types.

Donors:

How does a women qualify to become an egg donor?

Each year over 15,000 women apply to become an egg Donor, and only 3 percent are accepted. Potential egg donors undergo extensive medical, genetic, and psychological screening before they are accepted into the program as an egg donor.

Are the egg donors genetically screened?

Yes, as part of each prospective egg donor’s screening, she will undergo genetic screening. This information will then be included on the egg donor’s profile, allowing you to know how many tests the egg donor was screened for, and if she is s carrier of a genetic disease. We estimate 30 percent of egg donors will be a carrier for a recessive genetic disease.

We highly encourage the male recipient to also have genetic screening, which will allow you to match with an egg donor who is not a carrier for the same genetic condition, should the male recipient be a carrier of a recessive genetic disease.

Recipients have access to a Genetic Counselor to review the egg donor’s genetic report to learn more and ask questions.

How do I know that my donor is being honest?

Women applying to be an egg donor do so with the intent of helping someone achieve their dreams of parenthood, and not with the intent of being deceptive. With that said, each donor undergoes multiple layers of screening, allowing for various staff members to interact with her, obtaining information as they go. In addition, the donor undergoes a psychological evaluation, which assists the team in determining the eligibility of the donor.

Is the Donor’s medication included?

Yes.

Is the Donor’s pre-screening included in the fee?

Yes, the donor was fully pre-screened in accordance with FDA guidelines prior to her cycle. You can have peace of mind that all of the eggs in our Egg Bank meet FDA guidelines.

What is the difference between a repeat donor and a first time donor?

A “first-time” donor is a woman who has never donated her eggs before. A “repeat” donor has an established record in which her eggs and/or the resulting embryo quality has had favorable results. The vast majority of repeat donors have been successful in achieving a pregnancy. However, it is important to remember that every successful repeat donor was at one time a first time donor.

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