How to Choose an Egg Donor Program

(Reprinted from Fertility Nation, April 2015, with answers inserted from Global Egg Donors)

Deciding to use a donor egg program to enlarge your family is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Using donor eggs brings up a host of medical, psychological, financial, and legal issues. You may want to speak with several donor egg programs before signing a contract for egg donation.

1. Do you adhere to the ASRM guidelines for oocyte donation? The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is the professional organization for physicians and researchers in reproductive medicine. Its guidelines for assisted reproduction professionals are the industry’s standards, and adherence to ASRM guidelines means that the egg donor agency treats intended parents and egg donors using the industry’s highest ethical standards.
Answer from Global Egg Donors: We adhere to the standards of egg donation from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG). We attend several international conferences annually to stay updated on these changes, as well as studies on the psychological well being of donor children.

2. What is your success rate? The average success rate of IVF with donor eggs is 65 percent, meaning that just more than half of all IVF cycles with donor eggs resulted in a live birth. You should look for programs with higher than average success rates.
Answer from Global Egg Donors: The clinics that we have working relationships with, and recommend to Intended Parents, have success rates ranging from 70-90%.

3. How long have you been in business? The longer the donor egg program has been in business, the better!
Answer from Global Egg Donors: The first egg donation we assisted with occurred in 2002. A baby girl was born in the USA, conceived in South Africa. We now have over 900 babies born with the help of our services, in 19 countries.

4. Can I speak with previous donor egg recipients? Any donor egg program that won’t let you talk with previous patients should raise a red flag.
Answer from Global Egg Donors: We have a list of current Intended Parents that will email or speak with you from at least a dozen countries. Not all have been successful in achieving parenthood, but they will all vouch for the quality of support given by the Global Egg Donors Team to Intended Parent and Donor alike. They will also describe the quality of service received at the clinics we recommend.

5. How many egg donors are available right now? Donor egg programs vary quite a bit in how many potential donors they have available at any given time. Ask to review their egg donor profiles before you sign a contract.
Answer from Global Egg Donors: We have an average of 150 donors available at any time. All donors who are viewable in our online data base, are available for immediate donation. We remove them from view as soon as they are chosen for donation. Their full profiles, including pictures and medical profiles, are available to you at no charge. No contract is signed until you have chosen a donor.

6. What are your fees, and what are my total out-of-pocket expenses? The cost of donor egg programs can vary widely. When asking about the agency’s fees, make sure you ask what your total out-of-pocket expenses are.
Answer from Global Egg Donors: Our fee for administration is $5000US. In addition are the fees incurred by the donor in getting her to the clinic ready to donate, with a stay of up to 10 days. We will give you a firm quote before you select a donor with her medical and travel costs itemized.You will pay the clinic in addition to our fee, plus travel fees for yourself, to get your complete price for egg donation.

7. What’s your refund policy? Each donor egg program has a different refund policy. Compare the fine print of refund policies carefully.
Answer from Global Egg Donors: After her initial exams - should your doctor decide that your donor is unacceptable, your deposit is refundable, less her blood tests fee. This happens less than 5% of the time. After the egg donation procedure - If the collected eggs fail to develop into at least one PGS tested embryo for transfer, we shall provide an additional Egg Donor of your choice and waive all Administration Fees. Intended parent will be responsible for her travel fees and medication. This happens less than 1% of the time.

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