Should You Use Fresh or Frozen Donor Eggs

Should you use fresh or frozen eggs when doing a donor egg cycle for IVF? Which provides you with the most choices and the greatest chance of success. We talk with Corey Burke, an andrologist and embryologist, with over 20 years experience. He is the Tissue Bank Director for Cryos USA – International Sperm and Egg Bank

Hit the Highlights

In this episode, we cover:

  • In the past it used to be that the only option for using donated eggs to build your family was to use fresh eggs. Now you have a choice.
  • What is the process for using fresh eggs?
  • How many eggs on average will you get?
  • What is the cost?
  • What are your choices for finding an egg donor for a fresh cycle?
  • What is the process for using frozen eggs?
  • How many eggs do you usually get for one cycle? What is the cost?
  • What are your choices for finding frozen eggs?
  • What is the difference between the success rates of using fresh vs frozen eggs for an egg donation cycle?
  • Choices- how much choice in donors do you have with fresh donor cycles vs. eggs from a frozen egg bank?
  • How much racial diversity is available with donor eggs?
  • Genetic testing?
  • Logistics of both types of egg donation cycles.
  • How are egg donors chosen?
  • How much are egg donors paid?
  • Which option makes it less likely that you will have excess embryos left over once you complete your family?
  • Anonymous donation.

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Music credit: Michael Ashworth

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