All women experience a natural decline in the function of their ovaries as they enter their late 30s and early 40s. Aging naturally causes a decrease in egg quality, which for some women may increase the need to use donor eggs in order to get pregnant.
Donor Egg IVF is also used when a woman has an increased risk of passing on a life-threatening genetic disease to her baby, in women who have a history of multiple failed attempts at getting pregnant through IVF, or those who have impaired ovarian function.
The Poma Fertility Egg Donor IVF program pairs high quality egg donors with patients who cannot have a baby on their own. The Egg Donor IVF process is simple; eggs from a donor will be fertilized with the male partner’s sperm and the resulting embryos can be used to make the female partner pregnant. While not genetically related to the child, the donor egg recipient can then carry the pregnancy and be the baby’s legal birth parent. The male partner will be the biologic father of the child.
However, since egg donor cycles were/are so successful, most intended parents achieved a live-born pregnancy with excess embryos. Only 20% of the intended parents who had a live-born baby then used the excess embryos. Most parents discarded the excess embryos, which was obviously inefficient. Further, many of the intended parents expressed concern about discarding the embryos but they also could not come to donate them for other couples to have a baby.
Egg freezing changed the entire dynamic by allowing us to divide the donor’s eggs into “lots” or smaller groups of eggs. The advantages for intended parents are fewer embryos to deal with and lower costs (since we can share some of the donor costs between multiple recipients). Egg freezing became standard care (not experimental) in the fall of 2012.
Traditional Match Cycles
Intended parents (recipients) can still match with a single donor and own all the eggs and embryos produced from the cycle.
- A larger number of eggs and thus embryos
- A higher likelihood of frozen embryos (about 85-90% of cycles)
- More embryos mean more embryo transfers to achieve a baby; i.e., a higher cumulative pregnancy rate
- More embryos can also mean more children for recipients who want more than one child
- Any additional children will be genetically related
- More eggs and embryos to worry about and potentially to dispose of in some way
- Some chance the donor will have a complication that compromises the cycle outcome
- More up-front cost
Frozen Egg Bank Cycles
This option involves selecting eggs that are frozen in our egg bank. The donor already underwent retrieval and we created egg lots of 8 mature eggs. You also have the option of purchasing additional eggs in half or full lot portions.
- Fewer eggs and embryos to worry about
- Lower up-front cost (donor fees paid and shared with other egg lots)
- A certainty of the number of mature eggs thawed
- Not all 8 eggs may survive the thaw (we only guarantee that you receive 8 frozen mature eggs)
- Lower pregnancy rate from fewer embryos to pick from
- Fewer frozen embryos for another try (only 20-40% freezing)
- Higher cost if not pregnant from the first embryo transfer
Fresh Egg Bank Cycles
We define a “Fresh” Egg Bank cycle as one in which the recipient(s) choose a donor and if Poma Fertility agrees with the choice, then Poma Fertility manages the donor and all costs while the recipient receives 8 fresh mature eggs.
We offer this option because we do not have the inventory of larger egg banks. The Fresh Egg Bank cycle allows virtually all patients who want the pricing and other advantages of an egg bank cycle to have them even when our inventory cannot accommodate their needs.
Advantages – same as Frozen Egg bank Cycles
- We believe there is an advantage to the Fresh Egg option in that all 8 eggs are viable; whereas, frozen cycle may have some eggs fail to survive the thaw.
Disadvantages – same as Frozen Egg bank Cycles
- Some donors come with a premium fee. We require the Fresh Egg Bank recipient to pay the difference between the standard donor fee in Seattle ($5,000) and the fee associated the selected donor. Recipients also have the opportunity to select a donor without a premium.
|Fees||Traditional Match||Directed Donor*||Egg Bank (Fresh & Frozen)|
|Donor Meds‡||$2,000 - $3,500||$2,500 - $6,500|
|Recipient Meds||$1,000 - $2,000||$1,000 - $2,000||$1,000 - $2,000|
* Directed donors are known to the recipients (such as family member, friend or lesbian partner)
** Our price includes all donor and recipient fees excluding pre-cycle testing, medications, donor anesthesia fee and agency fees . (price reflects $300 cash discount)
*** Our price includes egg bank lot fee and recipient fees excluding pre-cycle testing and medications for recipient. There is no PomaCare for Egg Bank. (price reflects $430 cash discount)
† Estimated fees: We work with various agencies who set their own pricing. We use Egg Donor Select prices in example.
‡ Estimated fees: variable based on woman’s fertility pre-testing
We also offer a PomaCare Package for Traditional Match Cycles.
If you have question about whether our Donor Egg IVF program is ideal for you, call us at 425-822-7662 (POMA) or contact us by clicking here.