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Finding the Right Fertility Clinic for Egg Donation

a blog by Donor Diva, November 11, 2011

I felt very blessed when it came down to this decision. Living in the Washington, D.C., area gave us many clinic options. At the time I didn’t look at success rates very much; however, money was a big concern. Egg donation is not cheap, and it was going to put a strain on us financially no matter where we went. We opted for a fertility clinic that had a shared risk/shared donor program. This made it a very easy decision for us. If we were going to fork out $$$ then we would at least be guaranteed a healthy baby or our money back.

To follow are a few things to think about when you are picking a fertility clinic for your egg donation cycle.

What is the fertility clinic's success rate with egg donation? This is especially important if you are not using a shared risk program, because if it doesn’t work, then you have to pay for another cycle.

What is the cost per cycle? For an egg donation cycle there are many costs to consider. Will you be using an in house donor, known donor or an agency donor? Also, if there is a third party involved, what if she doesn’t show up for her appointments and doesn’t go through egg retrieval? Will you get any money back?

The most inexpensive way to do an egg donation cycle is by using a shared donor. However, this is also risky because the success rates are lower, and there is a higher chance of you getting canceled from the cycle because there aren’t enough eggs for all the recipients.

Do they have an in-house egg donor pool? Our clinic had a large in house donor pool. Other clinics have small donor pools and have long waiting lists (for example, six months). This was nice because we didn’t have to pay any extra fees to work with an agency. However, if you are looking for specific characteristics, an agency might be a better choice.

Will you travel to the fertility clinic or stay close to home? Living in a large metro area gives you many options. If you don’t live near a big city, many fertility clinics cater to the out-of-state/country patients.

Knowing what I know now, would I have gone to a different clinic? NOPE. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Whether you choose the clinic with the highest success rate, the one that offers the best program or the one closest to home, it is import to be comfortable with your decision.


Comments (3)

I just wanted to share my positive experience at a fertility clinic in Spain. It's called Instituto Bernabeu, and we chose it because it has an excellent reputation among patients that come from abroad and the prices are much more reasonable than those in the US or UK. We had our scans done with our local gyno and we only had to stay in sunny Alicante (which we didn't mind at all!) for a week at the end of the cycle. We are going to be parents soon thanks to this wonderful clinic. If anyone else is considering egg donation treatment in Spain, let me know, I'd be happy to give you some tips!

Hi ekttcbaby,
I would love to hear more about this clinic...costs ect. Thank you so much!

Whether you are working with an agency donor or a donor registered with your clinic's in-house donor program, please consider whether or not your clinic encourages Egg Donor Agreements between the recipients and the donor. The Legal Professionals Group of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Bar Association ARTs Law Group and the American Academy of Reproductive Law Attorneys all urge recipients to sign direct contracts with their donors. Clinic consents are not contracts, clinic consents were not drafted to establish parentage, clinic consents cannot and should not be relied on in place of direct agreements with donors. Also, recipient parents might want to ask whether a program informs the donor of cycle outcome. When thinking about the donor conceived child and the volume of research that has been published by our mental health colleagues about donor conceived children, we understand much about disclosure and the matter of tracking donor activity (relative to the number of children resulting from the totality of the donor's donation history) with respect to genetic half-siblings. Informing donors about cycle outcome allows for the donor to make a best informed decision about continuing on with next donations and also puts her on notice that she needs to update medical history and contact information with the clinic and/or agency should there be a medical crisis or other reason for you or your child to need further information from the donor.

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