Common Egg Donation Questions

16th September 2016

Our webinar series was created to educate and empower you as you start your fertility journey in America and answer any egg donation questions you may have. And we are proud to announce that we will be giving you a brand new experience. We have upgraded our webinar experience, and webinars may now be viewed on a mobile device or tablet, so you can watch wherever you are.

Common Egg Donation Questions

During our webinar series Shady Grove Fertility’s UK Donor Egg Treatment Programme Director, Michael J. Levy, M.D., and Amanda Segal, our International Patient Liaison, take you through every step of the process and acquaint you with key statistics and pieces of information that will help guide your decision.

Here are just some of the egg donation questions and answers from our last few broadcasts.

1. What are the prospects for frozen eggs compared to fresh? I am asking the question in the context of whether it is less advantageous to use the frozen database than the fresh.

Dr. Levy: One of the biggest advantages to using frozen donor egg is that these cycles can be completed in as little as 1 to 3 months; therefore, couples can pursue treatment at the exact time that works for them.

Your likelihood of achieving a baby using a fresh or frozen donor egg is nearly the same. For women undergoing donor egg treatment, they have a 60 percent chance of getting pregnant per embryo transfer (using fresh embryos). In comparison, a woman who is younger than 35 naturally has roughly a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant in any given month.

2. What is the age limit for treatment?

Dr. Levy: The age limit for treatment is 50 years of age. The woman would have to start treatment by the age of 50 and 6 months to be accepted. Women of all ages have access to treatment if it is necessary; some will need to use donor eggs.

3. How often do donors provide adult photos?

Dr. Levy: Our donors are not required to provide adult photos, but many of them do. Around two-thirds of the women on the database have adult photos. They are all required to submit childhood photos, along with the rest of their profile that includes:

  • A personal medical history, along with family history dating back two or three generations
  • Detailed demographic characteristics, such as eye colour and ethnicity
  • A questionnaire and profile filled out by our donor with details about the donors’ interests, personal history, and an essay on why they chose to become a donor.

4. Are there additional costs than the prices given for the treatment? (for example: medications, travel for donor, legal, etc)?

Dr. Levy: There are no additional costs. You pay a flat rate, and the initial phones consult and visit (besides cost of travel) is free. We have exclusive financial programmes that make treatment more affordable, including our Shared Risk 100% Refund Programme, which offers a refund if you do not take home a baby, as well as our Shared Donor Programme, which allows families to share eggs and costs with other donor egg recipients.

For questions and guidance about our Donor Database or our Donor Egg Treatment Programme in general, please reach Amanda Segal, our International Patient Liaison, by phone 0208 003 0827 or email at [email protected].


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