Using Donor Eggs: What To Expect When You're Not Expecting Yet

As months of trying to conceive pass, and one period shows up after another, many couples find themselves sitting in a fertility clinic waiting for answers to this devastating puzzle. When infertility rears its ugly head, some men and women find themselves considering other options in an effort to obtain the family they’ve always dreamt of.

One of those options is donor egg IVF.

When starting to compare donor egg costs, the distinction between fresh and frozen eggs can be confusing and overwhelming. While the pros and cons of financial responsibility and best case scenarios may seem like opposing factors, many people don’t realise that frozen donor eggs can be the best of both worlds.

In the realm of donor egg IVF, most men and women assume that a fresh egg offers a higher chance of success. While rates are quite good for fresh cycles, they also come with their fair share of difficulties. Not only is a fresh donor egg cycle approximately twice the cost of a frozen egg cycle, but recipients will also face a limited pool of donors and will have to deal with painstaking scheduling conflicts.

One of the primary differences between fresh and frozen donor egg cycles is trying to sync up the menstrual cycles of donor and recipient. For this reason, the first important step is to find a qualified woman to donate within your region. Then the process of coordinating two women’s cycles means numerous doctor visits, lab tests, and various medications.

Since the couple is financially responsible for both their own side of the process and the donor’s, the expense of these procedures and prescriptions can be impossible for most average households to afford.

Even putting cost aside, the time constraints of fresh cycles can be daunting and chaotic. Since you are reliant on another individual, these cycles have a tendency to be cancelled due to timing conflicts, sickness, and other unpredictable life situations.

A frozen cycle, on the other hand, provides a lower cost option and more flexibility throughout the process. Thanks to an advanced flash freezing technique called vitrification, frozen eggs now even offer success rates that closely mimic those of fresh cycles.

Once you’ve decided to pursue frozen donor egg IVF, you will begin by choosing a donor. Various donor egg banks have large pools of donors for you to search through. These individuals

have already gone through the donation process and their eggs are ready to be thawed and fertilised whenever a couple wishes to start their cycle.

Couples can find comfort in the knowledge that frozen egg donors are thoroughly screened before their eggs are accepted for storage. This includes, but is not limited to, physical and psychological examinations, background checks, and drug screenings. Donor profiles will even include information on education and career history, along with photos.

Having this knowledge allows recipients to make informed decisions about their donor. Whether a couple is searching for someone that has similar physical attributes or is of a certain ethnic background, their options are far greater than with fresh cycles.

The decisions that come with infertility are all about timing. When is it time to stop trying on your own? When is it time to see a fertility doctor? When is it time to explore other options?

When is it time to start your frozen donor egg IVF cycle? The answer to this one is whenever you want.

Contrary to fresh cycles that must be started and finished based on another person’s availability; frozen donor eggs give you complete control over the process. Since the eggs have already been collected, you just have to decide when to begin.

Your IVF cycle will still begin with preliminary reproductive health screenings, but as soon as these are finished, you can begin taking the necessary medications to prepare your body for the upcoming embryo transfer. Drugs like estrogen and progesterone will work to thicken and prepare your endometrial lining for implantation.

Once your body is ready, your chosen eggs will be thawed and fertilised before being transferred into your uterus during a pain-free outpatient procedure. Two weeks after the embryo transfer has occurred, you will return to the clinic for your blood pregnancy test.

Conception is not always the blissfully easy process people think it is. It quite often takes time, effort, and alternative methods to be achieved.

When the road seems endless and the likelihood of a positive pregnancy test feels non-existent, take a moment to consider donor eggs.

They might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.


  1. Interesting reading. It's amazing what can be done

  2. Know a friend who donated eggs
    She has never regretted what sh did and feels it was her duty as a woman
    Great post