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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.