If you’re like most people who are considering using frozen donor egg, then there’s a good chance you’ve already tried IVF (in vitro fertilization) using your own eggs. You might also be wondering how that experience would compare to using frozen donor egg to conceive. While the two processes have similarities, there are a few ways using frozen donor egg is very different than using IVF with your own eggs. Let’s break it down.
“Skip” the First Step
The big difference between using your own eggs for IVF and using frozen donor egg lies in the preparation. With frozen donor egg, the eggs are already available. They have already been retrieved from a qualified donor, have been safely frozen, and are ready to be shipped to your clinic … when the time is right for you.
That means, unlike IVF using your own eggs, there’s no need for ovulation induction (nor the medications and injections that go along with it), no waiting to determine if the eggs are ready for retrieval, and no need for you to undergo the discomfort of an egg retrieval.
Instead, you’ll get to “skip ahead” to the next step: fertilization of the frozen donor egg(s). Once that is achieved, then your doctor will implant the embryo using what is usually a painless procedure. There’s a chance that your doctor might recommend taking progesterone supplements to make the lining of your uterus more receptive to implantation, but aside from that (and taking care of yourself), no other preparation to receive a frozen donor egg is usually required.
Leave Less up to Chance
Another benefit of using frozen donor egg (versus standard IVF), is having more control even before you begin. With standard IVF, it’s hard to predict just how many eggs (if any) you’ll be able to retrieve. Each egg lot that’s purchased from Donor Egg Bank USA, however, contains 5 to 8 mature eggs.
And, thanks to our blastocyst guarantee, you can also feel more confident about having eggs available for fertilization. Using quality sperm, this guarantee ensures you’ll achieve usable blastocysts for transfer, freezing, or biopsy that equal or exceed the number of egg lots you've purchased, or we will provide a replacement egg lot at no charge. When a replacement is provided, no additional blastocyst guarantee will be in place.*
Additionally, you’ll have the option of choosing either our Assured Refund Plan® or Multi Egg Lot Refund Plan for a more financially secure path to parenthood than with traditional IVF. That’s because (while we offer a variety of financial plans) these two particular options include our live birth guarantee: bring home a baby or receive a 100% refund.
Take Age Out of the Equation
Unfortunately, when it comes to successful outcomes with IVF and using your own eggs, age is not just a number. The age at which your eggs are retrieved becomes a definite factor in the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. The older you are, the less your chances of becoming pregnant using standard IVF with your own eggs. That’s because the younger you are at the time of retrieval, the better the quality and quantity of your eggs.
When you’re using a frozen egg from a donor, however, the age of the egg isn’t an issue. That’s because at Donor Egg Bank USA, all of our highly screened donors are required to be between the ages of 21-33 — an age range when egg quality or availability is rarely an issue.
Don’t Go It Alone
The final difference for using frozen donor egg IVF versus standard IVF applies solely to those who choose Donor Egg Bank USA. And that is the difference our dedicated case managers provide. These knowledgeable and caring professionals are there for you, providing personalized support, every step of the way. You can depend on their guidance and assistance in choosing the ideal donor, understanding the process, and beyond.
Again, we know that at this point, you probably know all about using IVF. And while it may be tempting to have a “been there, done that” perspective, know that when it comes to IVF using frozen donor egg (versus your own eggs) things will be different. Specifically, using IVF with frozen donor eggs offers significant advantages when it comes to convenience, control, and support. They may even seem like only small benefits, but the truth is, they have the potential to make a big difference on your journey to creating a family.
Ready to learn more about Donor Egg Bank USA? Just visit us at www.donoreggbankusa.com, or call 240-778-6210 for more information. It could make a big difference.
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