There are many reasons a woman may choose to use donated eggs. From decreased ovarian reserve to multiple failed IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) cycles to a history of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The use of IVF technology allows us to create a pregnancy using a donated egg, effectively overcoming these fertility challenges.
SRM provides the following options within our Anonymous Donor Egg Program. You will work closely with your physician to identify the best course of treatment for you.
Frozen Donor Eggs
At SRM, we know how difficult it is for couples anxious to become parents to be placed on a prolonged wait list for an egg donor. We have made a substantial commitment to recruiting and screening anonymous donors to provide you with more choices. Our approach allows patients to cycle more quickly, economically, and with greater selection of potential donors.
In order to provide our patients with access to as many egg donors as possible, SRM has partnered with a national egg bank—My Egg Bank (MEB) North America. This partnership gives our patients far greater egg donor options (for frozen eggs only) than SRM could provide alone and allows patients to conveniently review all donor records once they are ready to match. All of the MEB centers that contribute eggs to the bank uphold the same donor screening requirements as SRM. This has been such an attractive option for our recipients that the majority of our donors now participate in the frozen program. We have had over 200 live births from frozen donor eggs.
Profiles for donors who have eggs available may be viewed on MEB’s online database. After your pre-cycle screening has been completed, you will be given access to view the profiles and match with a donor. Once you have selected your donor, we will work with you to identify a thaw date for your donor egg cycle. Eggs will be thawed and inseminated and then the embryo transfer will occur three or five days later.
Fresh Donor Eggs
SRM donors are also available for fresh one to one (one donor to one recipient) donor cycles.
In fresh donor egg cycles, the recipient will receive all eggs that are retrieved from the donor that cycle. The matching process may take 1-3 months depending on donor availability.
In this cycle type, the recipient will undergo uterine stimulation during the donor’s ovarian stimulation. The eggs would then be inseminated on the day of the donor’s egg retrieval and the recipient would have an embryo transfer three or five days later.
Our Donor Egg Team is staffed by seven full-time coordinators, two full-time donor services liaisons, a physician medical director, and three nurse practitioners. This dedicated team is complemented by three counselors, a genetic counselor, and two acupuncturists. Our goal during this process is for you to feel cared for, both medically and emotionally, every step of the way.
If you have any questions or need guidance please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Donor Egg Coordinators at 206-301-5000.
Treatment financing options and the Attain IVF Refund Program®, which offers up to 100% refund if IVF with donor egg is not successful, allows more financial flexibility for our patients. Our financial counselors are available to answer questions about the cost of treatment and how our financial services can be utilized. Please call 206-301-5000 to speak to a Financial Counselor.
Traveling to SRM for Donor Egg Services
Out-of-town patients can schedule a “superday” at SRM to cut down on travel. A “superday” consists of a series of appointments with the physician, donor egg program coordinator, genetic counselor, social worker, and financial counselor. Scheduling all appointments on one day means patients will not need to travel back to SRM until the actual egg retrieval. After a “superday” a patient will typically only need to travel to SRM another three to eight days.