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The Advantages to Choosing a Frozen Egg Bank

By Julie K Collins Subscribe to RSS | March 3rd 2012 | Views:

One of the questions you will be asked when choosing an egg bank is whether you want to do a fresh or frozen egg cycle. Many couples find that they’re unsure of which cycle to choose and are most interested in using eggs that have the highest success rate. There are advantages to using frozen eggs however, especially as new technology regarding the freezing and thawing of eggs gives frozen cycles similar success rates as fresh ones. Let’s take a look at the many benefits to choosing frozen eggs for your donor cycle.

The greatest advantage is that frozen eggs are available immediately. There’s no need to match you with a specific donor or wait to see if she’s available to make an egg donation. Since the eggs are kept in the egg bank during this time, there is also nothing that can go wrong during the egg donation process. When working with a donor, she could become ill, have a negative side effect to the hormones or choose to back out of the process. These factors are difficult to predict and can cause a major delay in the process. Many egg donor programs have a wait of at least six to eight months when using fresh eggs.

You have just as much impact on the donor you choose with a frozen cycle as you do fresh. You will browse through the available donors and choose one that makes a good match. Preferably, this donor will have similar physical characteristics to you and your family, share some interests and have a similar ethnic background. You can expect that most programs work with donors that have graduated from high school or college, have a healthy background and no genetic disorders in the family. Couples make their choice, notify the egg bank and the process will begin.

The convenience of using frozen eggs is another benefit, and couples find that the added ease of going through a frozen donor cycle makes the process less stressful. The recipient and egg donor don’t have to synchronize their menstrual cycles, which means less hormones and time for you. The treatment won’t start until you’re ready, which means you can plan it around your schedule. For many couples, they choose the donor they want for the donation, have the eggs sent to their doctor and the process will begin. The eggs will be thawed and fertilized with the partner’s sperm and then inserted into the recipient.

Other programs expect the recipient couples to make an appointment and have the treatment done at the clinic. You will have to speak with the program to determine how the process is carried out and what would be preferable for you. Ultimately, egg donor programs want to make the process as seamless as possible, keeping the recipient couple under less stress to maximize the chances for a successful pregnancy. If you do need to travel to the egg bank’s clinic, you may want to choose a local bank or select a program where you only need to make one visit.

A final point to consider is that frozen eggs are cheaper than fresh eggs. This is primarily because the process is less expensive to carry out; the eggs have already been retrieved and are in storage, unlike a fresh cycle where the menstrual cycles need to be synchronized and more travel expenses are incurred. In fact, some frozen egg banks only approve donors that live in the area in order to keep the costs down for recipient couples. While the price difference varies between clinics, you’ll find that some programs charge nearly 50 percent less for a frozen cycle versus a fresh cycle.

Making decisions regarding your future family can feel overwhelming, but know that when working with an egg bank, you’ll have an advocate on your side, walking you through the process. Choosing a frozen cycle will give you comparable results to a fresh cycle, but with better availability, convenience and affordability, meeting the needs of today’s couples.

Julie K Collins - About Author:
Julie Collins writes about infertility issues that people may face today, and the miracles an Egg Bank can bring a family. Always looking for leaders in the IVF industry to refer friends and family, she ends up sending them to more often than not.

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