The initial part of a fresh egg donation IVF cycle is carried out in the same way as for infertility and consists of five basic steps:
An egg donation cycle using frozen eggs is much easier and shorter and consists of three basic steps.
Once the donor screening is successfully completed, the actual treatment cycle can be performed. This requires synchronization of the menstrual cycles of the donor and the recipient to ensure that the recipient’s uterus is prepared for the transfer of the embryo. This synchronization creates logistical challenges and some uncertainty for both the donor and the recipient. In the frozen egg bank cycle, the donor completes her cycle at a time convenient to her schedule. Likewise, the recipient is able to time the embryo transfer predictably and with convenience.
A fresh cycle will typically take 4-12 months to complete depending on donor availability, screening and cycle synchronization.
In 2011 the pregnancy rate from fresh known and anonymous egg donation cycles at RPMG’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices was 72% per transfer. An average of 1.5 embryos was transferred.
The alternative to egg donation is to consider adoption, embryo donation when suitable embryos are available or making a decision to not have a child.