Changing the Conversation About Donor Egg - PreciousEggs

Dr. Adrienne Neithardt

Changing the Conversation About Donor Egg

Most people feel like all their choice is taken away when they’re dealing with infertility. When patients have exhausted their options with traditional IVF, they may feel like their choices are even more limited.

Our goal at RADfertility is to help patients achieve their dream of becoming parents. The most important thing we can do is give our patients options and empower them to make a decision. One of these options can be donor egg, but it may not be the right choice for everyone.

"Donor egg is a great choice for many individuals or couples to help build their family, but it’s not for everyone."

I always introduce donor egg as one of several options for these patients. When I introduce donor egg, some women have already heard of it. For other women, it’s a concept that they’ve never even considered. Some patients choose to move forward with one or two IVF cycles using their own eggs first before deciding to use donor egg. Other patients never use donor egg, and choose other options such as traditional adoption or living childfree. The decision to use donor egg is a personal process that patients have to consider on their own, and it may take some time before they know whether or not it’s right for them. 

Patients who do ultimately choose to use a donor to help build their family have some great options available for them. RADfertility is a partner center of the innovative egg sharing program, Egg Donor Collaborative, which gives us access to one of the largest egg donor databases in the country.

To be an network partner center with Egg Donor Collaborative, clinics are required to have a high level of competency with egg vitrification (freezing) and thawing. Egg Donor Collaborative has high quality control standards for network partner centers: they screen every center and keep a close eye on statistics to maintain high pregnancy rates.

It’s important to remember not every center that freezes eggs is created equal. Patients should investigate the success rates a center has with freezing and thawing eggs. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has only recently removed the experimental label from egg vitrification/freezing, and many centers are still developing their techniques.

There are two parts to the donor egg process: evaluating the patient as a recipient and selecting a donor. For the recipient evaluation, we want to make sure that the patient is healthy and there are no underlying issues preventing her from carrying a pregnancy.

Patients can then select a donor with the help of our donor egg team. Once someone is a patient at RADfertility, he or she has access to the full egg bank at Egg Donor Collaborative and our in-house donors listed on our website. In-house donors are currently going through the donor screening process and will eventually have their eggs listed with Egg Donor Collaborative. One advantage of using an in-house donor is having a first choice of any fresh eggs before they are shipped to the bank. Patients can review profiles, select a donor before anyone else, and even fertilize the eggs to create fresh embryos if the patient is ready for transfer at the same time a donor is cycling.

Prior to working with Egg Donor Collaborative, patients would have to select donors through agencies. There was typically a long waiting period between identifying a donor, screening them, and having them go through the IVF process. When patients choose an in-house donor at RADfertility or frozen donor eggs through our PreciousEggs™ Donor Egg Program, all those steps have already been completed.

At the end of the day, patients come to us because they want to be parents, or they want to complete their family. Whether it is with donor egg or with one of the many other Family of Services RADfertility has to offer, my job is to try to help our patients do that in the best way possible.

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