What Is an Egg Bank?
An egg bank is a laboratory where frozen egg cells are stored for future use. Egg banks also refer to programs where frozen oocytes from egg donors are made available to infertility patients for use in donor egg IVF cycles.
In a typical egg donor cycle, eggs are not banked or frozen - the donor undergoes daily injections to stimulate egg production and sync her cycle to the recipient’s. Once retrieved, the donor eggs are fertilized fresh, and are implanted in the recipient patient’s uterus (without having ever been frozen). But when a patient chooses to use donor eggs from an egg bank, she’ll choose from a supply of frozen eggs that have been held in optimal storage conditions. The donor will have already completed the necessary stimulation and retrieval procedures, and eggs from the selected donor will be thawed and prepared for fertilization by fresh or frozen sperm.
At CHR, our egg bank program is referred to as the Eco Donor Egg Program (or “EcoDEP”). “Eco” refers to the economical aspect of the frozen donor egg bank program, because using previously frozen donor eggs simplifies the process and allows us to offer donor IVF services at a much lower cost than in our fresh donor egg program (SDEP).
An Affordable Donor Egg Bank (USA)
Dr. Norbert Gleicher explains the advantages and disadvantages of choosing an egg bank (like CHR’s EcoDEP).
Donor Eggs from a Frozen Egg Bank vs. Fresh Donor Eggs
The scientific community continues to debate the success rates of frozen egg cells in IVF compared to the success rates of fresh egg cells. While using frozen cells from an egg bank is commonly considered a routine procedure in fertility treatment, CHR continues to consider it an “experimental” procedure because there is not enough available evidence to make well-founded assessments of its potential risks and effectiveness. It is also important to keep in mind the wide variation in success rates and outcomes after the process of freezing, thawing, and fertilizing the egg cells. As such, our physicians cannot confirm that a cycle with CHR’s egg bank is more successful or cost-effective than a fresh donor egg cycle. For these reasons, patients at CHR are required to sign an “experimental consent” form when using eggs from a frozen egg bank.
Another important aspect for the patient to consider is egg donor choice. While CHR’s egg bank will commonly include Caucasian, African, Asian and Hispanic donors, the pool of donors remains smaller than that of our standard fresh donor program. However, it should also be noted that the egg cells in our frozen egg bank are selected with some of the strictest donor criteria in the country (only approximately 5% of applicants are admitted) and recipients have full access to the donor’s information, photos, and even short videos in some cases.
For a full comparison of the two programs, please click here.
I’m Seeking Treatment in New York. Does CHR Have an Egg Bank Near Me?
Yes. CHR’s egg bank offers frozen donor eggs in Manhattan, New York City. Over half of our patients travel from outside New York City, including many international patients, and everyone on our staff is used to working with patients long-distance. Learn more about being a long-distance patient at CHR.
Egg Donor Cost: Is CHR’s Affordable Egg Donation Bank Right For Me?
CHR’s egg bank program offers five frozen donor eggs* to be thawed, fertilized, and implanted for the flat fee of $16,850 (does not include pre testing, recipient medications, and any other additional services).
*Additional frozen eggs can be purchased separately. Price is adjusted according to how many eggs are purchased.
CHR will never tell a patient what to decide when it comes to fertility treatment. We want to provide as much accurate information as possible in order to let our patients make the best decision for themselves. Both CHR’s egg bank and standard egg donation program (with fresh eggs) have dvantages and disadvantages - and ultimately the decision is up to the patient.
View Available Frozen Donor Eggs From Our Egg Bank
With CHR’s egg bank, the IVF process can begin as soon as the recipient is ready to move forward, as the eggs are ready for use. There is no waiting period for a donor to become available, and the cycles of a donor and recipient do not need to be synchronized. Visit our donor listings for more information about the eggs available in our frozen egg bank, and contact us online with any questions.
Norbert Gleicher, MD, leads CHR’s clinical and research efforts as Medical Director and Chief Scientist. A world-renowned specialist in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Gleicher has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and lectured globally while keeping an active clinical career focused on ovarian aging, immunological issues and other difficult cases of infertility.