A recent report by CNN discusses how egg freezing is changing the face of fertility treatments for women who are in need of egg donation. How? Using an egg donor with in vitro fertilization can be an expensive, stressful process, and using frozen egg donation can alleviate some of the cost and some of the stress.
With fresh egg donation, a couple must first find a donor. Then the donor must pass rigorous genetic, infectious disease and psychological screening. If the donor passes, the couple must wait for the donor's menstrual cycle to align with the cycle of the woman receiving the eggs.
The egg donation process can take anywhere from three to 12 months, and cycles are often canceled for reasons unrelated to the recipient. The CNN story explains how one woman waited six months for a donor, who was disqualified two weeks before her eggs were retrieved because the doctors found out she had endometriosis.
Now, fertility doctors say there is a "paradigm shift" in egg donation. Because of the advances in egg freezing technology, more donor egg recipients are turning to frozen egg banks, which makes the eggs more accessible — financially and logistically. The woman in the CNN story found that she had dozens of choices among egg donors for about $11,000 less. A complete fresh donor egg cycle can cost a woman or couple upwards of $25,000.
"While a traditional fresh donor cycle can cost $25,000 to $38,000, through sharing fixed costs between several patients, we can reduce the overall cost by as much as 50 percent," says Heidi Hayes, CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA, which is partnered with 18 fertility clinics in the United States and Canada.
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October 23, 2012
Posted by Leigh Ann Woodruff