Choosing to move forward with using an egg donor can be a very personal and difficult decision.
Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado is dedicated to provide our recipient couples with compassionate care that will help guide you through this process. Our nursing staff is one of a kind that will provide prompt responses to all of your questions and needs. They dedicate themselves to helping you find the best physical match and donor candidate that will suit your personal requirements and desires.
Highlights of our program include:
“The staff at Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado went above and, beyond. Thanks to them, our dream to start a family became a reality.”
- Jessica, Recipient Egg Donor
This is a personal friend or family member that you would like to ask to donate eggs. She will be placed through the same stringent testing and evaluation as our anonymous donors. Please refer to our “Egg Donor” tab for a complete evaluation list.
Once you have meet with your donor team, you will be given access to our donor database.
Frozen egg banks provide immediate access to frozen donated eggs. We work with several reputable frozen egg banks, including Fairfax Egg Bank, a leader in the development and advancement of frozen eggs. Talk to your donor coordinator for recommendations.
If you are not able to find a donor from our list that meets your needs we are happy to work with outside agency donors. Please ask your egg donor coordinator for referrals!
The Conceptions Donor Program provides patients with flexible, cost effective options for building their family. The following data shows the pregnancy rates achieved by our Fresh Donor and Egg Bank programs in 2015. All donor egg cycles can optionally include complete chromosomal screening of all embryos.
Fresh donor rates over the past 3 years have varied between 75%-82% on going pregnancy. Frozen donor rates have fluctuated between 50 – 65%.
Conceptions Colorado is one of the few egg donor programs to offer both fresh and frozen donor eggs directly to our patients. While many other programs may have a bias towards one or the other based on where they specialize, we want you to understand the difference between fresh donor eggs and frozen donor eggs so that you are able to make the right choice for your individual set of requirements.
The following table shows the similarities and differences between fresh and frozen egg donation cycles.
|Screening||All donors complete a medical screening process and meet with one of our licensed psychologists for a psychological evaluation.||All donors complete a medical screening process and meet with one of our licensed psychologists for a psychological evaluation.|
|Family planning||May provide a lower cost option for families wishing to have more than one child via egg donation. The number of eggs retrieved varies, but the average is 15-20 per cycle. This means that you will potentially be able to develop more embryos, making the overall cost of multiple embryo transfers less expensive.||May provide a lower cost option for families who only intend to have one more child. You will receive a group of 6 eggs from your frozen donor. The rest of the eggs from this donor are divided into similar groups and provided to other recipient families. This means the expense of stimulation and retrieval of the donor eggs is shared between multiple recipients, making it less expensive for each recipient.|
|Treatment time||A Fresh egg donor requires having the donor go through an IVF cycle which delays the embryo transfer.||The eggs have already been retrieved from the donor, allowing for a quicker embryo transfer.|
|location||While some egg donors are willing to travel as part of their egg donation cycle, scheduling difficulties may arise.||Since the donor’s eggs have already been retrieved, they can be shipped to IVF centers throughout the United States which greatly expands the availability of possible donors.|
|Pregnancy rates||As opposed to frozen eggs where vitrifying, or flash-freezing, is required, fresh eggs may result in higher pregnancy rates.||Frozen egg donation requires vitrifying, or flash-freezing, the eggs. The vitrification process enables the donor eggs to be stored for an indefinite amount of time before being thawed and fertilized. This process can affect the quality of the eggs and may result in lower pregnancy rates.|
A Conceptions REI physician will help determine which path to parenthood is right for you. There are many factors to consider when pursuing donor egg and this consultation will ensure you are on the right path for your family building goals.
Diagnostic testing (blood work, semen analysis)
Review costs with business office
Psychological education consultation
Legal documentation if required
Selection of Fresh vs Frozen Donor Egg
You must be a patient of Conceptions and have had your consultation with a provider before gaining access to our donor database.
DONOR CYCLE AND EMBRYO CREATION
Timeline is longer with a fresh donor.
Legal can take time to obtain.
Genetic testing on embryos takes 2 weeks after blastocyst development.
PREPARE FOR EMBRYO TRANSFER
Consult with provider to determine embryo transfer plan.
Uterine testing performed (this is not performed until we are certain we have embryos to transfer).
EMBRYO TRANSFER CYCLE
Embryo transfer cycle can take 6+ weeks to prepare uterus for transfer.
*Steps can take multiple months to complete, even if every step goes as planned. There are many variables in play that can cause delays- abnormal test results, conflicts in schedule, difficulty finding a donor, unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your patience.
CAN I VIEW THE DONOR DATABASE PRIOR TO BECOMING A PATIENT?
No. The database is available through our patient portal and is only accessible once you have met with a Conceptions physician and donor care team.
WHAT IF MY SISTER IS WILLING TO BE MY DONOR?
Known donation is allowed. This process still requires rigorous screening of all parties involved. This eliminates the step of selecting a donor, but all other aspects of care would still be in place.
DO YOU RECOMMEND CCS/PGT GENETIC SCREENING ON DONOR EGG EMBRYOS?
Yes. In women under the age of 35, the chance of producing an embryo with an abnormal number of chromosomes is 37%. Our goal is to optimize your chance of getting pregnant and staying pregnant by transferring a euploid embryo with each transfer.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO TRANSFER?
This question will depend on many factors, a main one being fresh or frozen donor eggs.
Fresh cycles will take longer than frozen (see Fresh vs Frozen).
It can take numerous months to complete all of the steps, even if each step goes smoothly.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU PUT UP NEW DONORS?
It depends, the process is very fluid. We are constantly screening new potential donors.
IS THERE A WAITLIST FOR YOUR DONORS?
Some donors do have waitlists. Others are available right away for a match.
SHOULD I SECURE A GC PRIOR TO STARTING WITH A DONOR?
It is recommended to meet with a Conceptions physician and create embryos prior to moving on to the GC (Gestational Carrier) phase.