Donor Egg Bank FAQs

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How do I get started with a donor egg bank cycle?

The first step is setting up a donor database account to view egg donor profiles.

You’ll then schedule a consultation with a physician at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) to discuss your eligibility for the program. To arrange this, contact a new patient coordinator at 415-820-4120 or call toll free at 888-834-3095.

You’ll next meet with a team of egg donor specialists who will provide an overview of the program, explain medical requirements, answer your questions, and guide you through next steps.

How long does the frozen donor egg process take?

Once you make your donor selection, we can start planning your cycle immediately. That’s one of the advantages of using frozen donor eggs. You choose the week when you would like your transfer to occur and we create your cycle calendar.

The length of time from donor selection to transfer depends upon your chosen transfer date. Transfer occurs about 2–3 weeks after you begin your medications. You have a pregnancy test about 2 weeks after the transfer.

How do you select donors for the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank?

PFC Egg Donor Agency works with PFC to carefully screen donors before allowing them to be a part of our Donor Egg Bank program. We gather comprehensive information on a donor’s:

  • Medical and psychological histories
  • Physical characteristics
  • Motivation for donating
  • Education
  • Career goals
  • Personal interests

In addition:

  • A PFC physician carefully reviews each donor’s medical history.
  • A certified genetic counselor screens for genetic diseases based on the donor’s medical and genetic family history, and in accordance with guidelines from the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) and American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG).
  • The donor undergoes psychological evaluation and testing, which includes the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) test, conducted by a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Do you have requirements for participating in a frozen donor egg bank cycle at PFC?

Yes, there are medical requirements to determine eligibility for a donor egg bank cycle.

You are eligible for the frozen donor egg process if:

  • You are up to 50 years old.
  • You or your gestational carrier (GC) has a normal uterine cavity, free of pathology.
  • The male partner or sperm donor is able to produce viable sperm.
  • You do not require testicular sperm extraction (TESE) or testicular sperm aspiration (TESA)
  • You do not require pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS)

If you are not eligible, we recommend using a fresh egg donor cycle.

Prior to selecting an egg donor, you must complete these tests:

  • A mid-cycle ultrasound or post-menstrual hysteroscopy or hysterosonogram
  • Uterine cavity measurement
  • Male partner/donor sperm sample analysis
  • Genetic screening for male partners, based on ethnicity
  • Counseling with PFC’s marriage and family therapist, donor egg bank coordinator, and clinical and financial coordinators.

For women 40 and over, we also recommend the following:

  • Mammogram
  • Pap smear
  • Letter of clearance and exam from your primary care physician
What is the difference between using fresh and frozen donor eggs?

Using fresh donor eggs – from selection of egg donor to pregnancy test – is between 3 to 6 months. It takes this long because menstrual cycles between the donor and intended parent or gestational carrier must be synchronized. Once this is achieved, the donor starts stimulation medications.

Using frozen donor eggs – from selection of egg donor to pregnancy test – is approximately 8 weeks. You do not need to synchronize your cycle with the egg donor because donor eggs have previously been vitrified (frozen) and stored in our Pacific Fertility Egg Bank. You have flexibility to plan your cycle and time the embryo transfer. In fact, you can start planning your cycle right after you select a donor profile from our egg donor database, if that’s what you choose.

Is there an age limit for participating in a donor egg bank cycle?

We accept women up to age 50 for the frozen donor egg program. Your embryo transfer must happen before you turn age 51.

What is the rate of success with each treatment cycle?

Pregnancy success rates using frozen donor eggs are comparable to those using fresh donor eggs.

Do I have to transfer the two blastocyst embryos at the same time?

The healthiest pregnancy outcome is a singleton pregnancy. PFC Physicians recommend transferring one blastocyst at a time. The majority of PFC patients choose to transfer one blastocyst embryo per cycle, commonly known as elective Single Embryo Transfer or “eSET”.

What information will I receive about the donor?

You will receive:

  • A copy of the egg donor’s profile
  • Photographs of the donor
  • The donor’s family medical history
  • A genetic risk assessment report

We do not have any additional information on our donors other than what is represented in their egg donor profiles.

How do you find your donors?

We target our advertising for egg donors with colleges and universities, Craigslist, various publications, and social media. Our current donors often recommend us to their friends and family members. Our excellent reputation for providing a high level of care and professionalism helps attract many healthy, well-qualified donors.

How do I select a donor?

After completing all necessary testing and consultations with a physician and members of the donor egg bank team, you can contact the donor egg bank coordinator, at 415-834-3075. She will assist you in the process of reviewing profiles and finalizing the selection of your donor profile.

Does my blood type need to match the donor’s blood type?

No, your blood types don’t need to match unless you are planning on not disclosing the information to your child.

Who do I call with questions?

Call our New Patient Department at 415-820-4120 or call toll free at 888-834-3095. Our staff can provide greater detail about our Pacific Fertility Egg Bank or help schedule your complimentary telephone consultation.