Donor Egg IVF FAQs
Why choose the Donor Egg IVF program at the Genetics & IVF Institute?
Since 1988, GIVF has offered one of the largest most comprehensive Donor Egg IVF programs in the country. This includes the largest, most diverse pool of immediately available egg donors in the US, as well as excellent success rates. Click here to view our Donor Egg IVF success rates. You can also begin treatment within the time frame you prefer. Regardless of whether you choose fresh or frozen donor eggs, you can begin treatment when it is convenient for you. Furthermore, you can depend on personalized, compassionate care and attention from your physician and donor egg coordinator.
Our expertise in genetics provides Donor Egg IVF patients with benefits not available at most fertility centers. Every egg donor is screened in-house by our board certified geneticist and donor egg recipients always have the opportunity to meet with one of our board certified genetic counselors. Our counselors will review the patient’s family history, the biological father’s family history, the egg donor’s history, and answer any questions the patient may have about heredity.
Who is a Donor Egg IVF candidate?
In general, any woman with a medical or genetic indication for using an egg donor can be a recipient, if there are no medical contraindications to pregnancy. We accept donor egg recipients up to the age of 55. The decision to use donor eggs is made in association with the patient and their reproductive endocrinologist (infertility specialist).
If the couple also faces male infertility, Donor Egg IVF with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection into the eggs) is also available. Non-surgical sperm aspiration (NSA) can be used in association with ICSI if the male partner has had a vasectomy and wishes to avoid vasectomy reversal, or if he has other causes of absence of sperm in the ejaculate. If donor sperm is needed, many highly-screened sperm donors are available from our cryobank, Fairfax Cryobank.
What are my chances of getting pregnant using donor eggs?
Donor Egg IVF opens up a world of possibilities for women who have struggled to conceive. It allows many women who could not become pregnant with their own eggs to become pregnant very easily, whether they use fresh or frozen donor eggs. Our success rates here at GIVF are among the best in the country and our vast experience assures outstanding rates of success for donor egg cycles. Click here to see our most recent success rates.
Who are the egg donors?
We are committed to providing a large, diverse selection of fully-screened, college-educated donors. Egg donors are primarily women recruited from colleges and the surrounding Washington, DC area, including many with advanced educations.
Information available on our egg donors includes physical characteristics (height, weight, hair color and type, body build, and blood type), ethnic background, educational record, occupation, special interests, audio interviews, childhood photos, and current photos. The choice of egg donor is always made by the patient. You can learn more about our egg donors here or search our egg donor database here.
Will I have to wait on a waiting list to start Donor Egg IVF treatment?
Unlike many infertility clinics, we do not require that donor egg recipients join a waiting list. Donor Egg IVF cycles can match one donor to one recipient (sole match) or one donor to two recipients (shared match). Regardless of whether a patient chooses a sole or shared match, she can begin treatment immediately and will not be required to wait for a donor.
We have an extensive pool of fully-screened, immediately available egg donors and we offer frozen donor eggs from our in-house egg bank, Fairfax Egg Bank. If you choose an egg donor who is high demand, there is a chance you may have to wait for the donor to become available. However, it is our goal to provide our patients with as many options as possible so they will not have to wait unnecessarily to begin treatment.
What does the Donor Egg IVF procedure involve?
Donor egg recipients are asked to select one or more egg donors whom they find suitable. One of the selected egg donors will be offered to a recipient couple upon availability of the egg donor and the completion of all screening. The choice of egg donor is always made by the donor egg recipient.
A GIVF donor egg coordinator will coordinate the cycles of the egg donor and recipient to accomplish a fresh embryo transfer. Synchronization of cycles includes using a series of medications to facilitate a hospitable uterine environment for transfer of embryos. Viable eggs produced in a single donor cycle are inseminated, and all embryos created belong to the recipient couple. If there are embryos in excess of the number for safe transfer, cryopreservation of additional embryos is available and is strongly recommended. Cryopreserved embryos can be used for subsequent attempts at pregnancy whether or not the fresh transfer is successful, and still produce high rates of success.
Does GIVF offer frozen donor eggs?
Yes, GIVF offers frozen donor eggs from our very own egg bank, Fairfax Egg Bank. Frozen donor eggs may be an attractive alternative to patients because they are immediately available and more affordable. Unlike a fresh donor egg cycle where donor and recipient's cycles must be synchronized, a frozen donor egg cycle allows for more simplified treatment protocols. Learn more about frozen donor eggs from Fairfax Egg Bank here.
How affordable is Donor Egg IVF?
Donor Egg IVF cycles are priced as single cycles or as part of The Delivery Promise™ refund program. Multicycle and shared cycle programs are also available for donor egg recipients. For a complete list of prices and financial programs for Donor Egg IVF, click here.
One of our financial counselors would be pleased to explain all the financial options available to you and help you decide which program best fits your needs. To schedule a consultation, click here or call 703-698-7355.
Is gender selection for Family Balancing an option?
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is available at GIVF, which has one of the world’s largest and most experienced PGD laboratories. PGD is a form of prenatal diagnosis performed on early embryos prior to implantation in the uterus and initiation of pregnancy. PGD can be used to prevent genetic disease and/or gender selection for Family Balancing. A genetic counselor will be happy to discuss options regarding gender selection for Family Balancing with you.
Does GIVF have a cryobank?
Yes. Patients who need donor sperm in conjunction with donor eggs will benefit from the vast selection of donors available through Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc. Fairfax Cryobank offers a diverse selection of quality, fully-screened donors available and is conveniently located within the clinical facilities of GIVF.
Who will be my point of contact throughout my donor egg treatment?
You will be assigned a donor egg coordinator who will be your primary point of contact throughout the entire donor egg treatment process. Your coordinator will walk you through the entire process and assist you with all the details and logistics. Our donor egg coordinators are exceedingly compassionate and supportive, and their personalized attention will be an enormous asset to you throughout your journey.
Does GIVF offer patient support/counseling for donor egg recipients?
GIVF offers emotional support in the form of professional counseling for patients considering or undergoing IVF or Donor Egg IVF. Individual counseling sessions and support groups are available with a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with individuals and couples who are coping with infertility. Click here to learn more about counseling services at GIVF.
Our counselor is a Donor Egg IVF mother who is able to lend professional and personal insight to our Donor Egg IVF patients. Patients and their partners are encouraged to attend the free support group sessions where they can meet other Donor Egg IVF parents, listen to guest speakers, and share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Click here for the support group schedule.
Can I be a donor egg recipient at GIVF if I live out-of-town or internationally?
GIVF has vast experience working with out-of-town and international patients. Your physician and donor egg coordinator are very skilled at coordinating your care regardless of where you live, rest assured they will make the process as easy as possible for you. Patients come to GIVF from around the world for Donor Egg IVF, and we are adept at minimizing inconveniences and time away from home for patients from other US locations and abroad. For many patients, the time from an initial contact with GIVF to initiation of their Donor Egg IVF cycle can be a little as one month or less.
If I live out-of-town or internationally, how often will I need to visit GIVF? How long will I need to stay?
GIVF only requires donor egg recipients to visit our clinic one time. Unlike many other clinics, mock cycles are not necessarily required. Depending on your circumstances, you will most likely need to be here for three to five days. This is something your donor egg coordinator will help determine.
One option that some couples choose is to have the male partner visit GIVF for sperm collection prior to the couple's visit for the woman's cycle. This option requires the man to travel to GIVF one time, and the couple to travel to GIVF one time.
Click here or call 800.552.4363 or 703.698.7355 for more information or to schedule a consultation.