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Frozen Donor Eggs More Cost Efficient and Just as Effective
Today, a study done by researchers at Seattle Reproductive Medicine was presented at the joint conference of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) showing that those people choosing to use frozen donor eggs now have nearly the same efficiency as fresh eggs. Researchers compared the outcomes of 112 fresh donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles with 77 frozen cycles taking place between March 2012 and February 2013. In the last 6 months of the study, 61 percent of all donor egg cycles involved frozen eggs. While pregnancy rates were 60 percent for fresh cycles, and 57 percent for frozen cycles, there were two significant benefits also associated with the frozen cycles: cost and availability.
Recipients using frozen donor eggs averaged $17,500 per transfer for frozen eggs and an average of $30,500 for each pregnancy. Fresh egg transfers averaged a cost of nearly $30,000 and $49,500 per pregnancy. From the time of initial consult to cycle start, frozen eggs generally have a wait time of 172 days, with fresh egg averaging 217 days.
"Frozen egg banking is a promising development for patients and donors alike," Dr. Linda Giudice, president of the ARSM said. "Because the costs are lower and a shorter waiting time is involved, more patients are likely to find frozen donor eggs a very appealing alternative to fresh donor eggs."