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New Jersey Fertility Clinic Offers Convenience with Frozen Donor Eggs
a blog by Kim Griffiths, March 19, 2013
The egg donation process can be quite involved and many patients are disappointed to find they are placed on a waiting list to receive donor eggs, and must coordinate their treatment cycle with that of the egg donor. The process could take anywhere up to ten months to find a donor and complete a fresh donor egg cycle. One New Jersey fertility clinic has partnered with NW Cryobank to make the donor egg process more convenient.
Thomas Kim, M.D. Director of Third Party Reproduction at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, says the ReadyGo Program provides a streamlined experience for donor egg recipients. “The ReadyGo Program is to couples considering donor egg what sperm banks are to couples with male factor infertility using donor sperm. It is the same concept. We set up a program with NW Cryobank so our patients have the convenience of ‘one stop shopping’,” Kim states.
The ReadyGo program allows patients to receive donor eggs as quickly as the following month. Given the current advances in vitrification, success rates using frozen donor eggs are just as good as fresh donor egg cycles. For a single cycle, patients should expect a delivery rate over 60% and a cumulative delivery rate of about 80% after multiple attempts. Dr. Kim explains that NW Cryobank is so confident in the current technology that they have agreed to back the pregnancy. “In NorthWest’s experience, six eggs give patients the maximum chance at success. Patients have the opportunity for up to three withdrawals from the bank and are guaranteed at least 6 viable eggs per thaw. They can make a second withdrawal from the bank after all of the embryos from the first cycle have been transferred. If pregnancy and live birth is not achieved within three cycles, they get 80% of their money back,” he says. RMA thaws the embryos and handles the care of the patient. The refund is a combined 80% between RMA and NW Cryobank after all embryos created are transferred, if a pregnancy and live birth is not achieved.
The total cost to participate in the ReadyGo program is $41,500 compared to the per-cycle cost of $30,000 for fresh donor eggs. If the patient does not conceive with the ReadyGo program, she receives $33,000 back. At the end of the day, to attempt three cycles would have cost the patient only $8,500, less than the cost of one fresh IVF cycle.
The biggest benefit to the ReadyGo program (aside from the refund guarantee) is that there is no lag time between fertility workup and beginning a frozen donor egg cycle. The disadvantage is that a patient who gets pregnant within one cycle may be paying more on a per cycle cost basis than if she had completed one fresh donor egg cycle. But can you really put a price tag on the convenience of starting the family building process next month?
Any fertility patient considering egg donation is a candidate to participate in this program, Dr. Kim advises.