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Benefits of Donor Egg IVF at CHR

Two Distinct Donor Egg Programs

CHR offers two distinct forms of egg donation program. One is the standard egg donor program, in which a recipient receive fresh eggs from a donor who undergoes ovarian stimulation after the recipient selects that donor. In the other program, Eco Donor Egg Program (EcoDEP), a recipient receives eggs from a donor whose eggs have already been frozen (cryopreserved). This page explains the benefits of the standard egg donor program. Detailed information about EcoDEP can be found here.

Large and Diverse Pool of Egg Donors

CHR’s egg donor pool is likely the largest, and physically, ethnically, and religiously most diverse anywhere in the world. To view our egg donors, please register here or, if you’ve already done so, sign in here

To best serve our center's extremely diverse international patients, we make a concerted effort to maintain a high level of diversity in our donor pool that contains about 200 egg donors at any given time. Our egg donors include rare European and Asian ethnicities, all races, many religions and cultures, as well as a wide range of artistic, academic and athletic talents.

In addition, our clinical coordinators are happy to help you find a donor with something specific - a shared personal interest or similar life ambitions, for example. We really have very detailed knowledge about our donors, and are only too happy to share the information with recipient couples.

This diversity is partially thanks to our egg donation program's location in New York, NY. In addition, we have recently started recruiting exceptional donors even outside of the immediate NYC metropolitan area. These "long-distance donors" are identified with "LDD" or "long-distance donor" in our egg donor database.

Rigorous Donor Screening Process

There are a number of requirements for an applicant to qualify as an egg donor in our highly selective egg donation program. CHR receives approximately 60-70 egg donor applications from young women every week. To initiate their application, they have to complete a very detailed egg donor questionnaire.

"On average, only 1-3% of original applicants ultimately make it into CHR's donor pool."

Amongst those who submit a completed questionnaire, less than 15% make it through the initial screening process and advance to an interview with our clinical coordinators, because many donor applicants do not meet the egg donor qualification requirements of our center.

The interview stage, too, leads to further disqualifications, and therefore, even fewer candidates make it to the next stage of the candidate screening process, during which a physician interviews the candidate face to face.

After further disqualifications only a very small number of remaining candidates make it into the first medical testing stage, where the candidate undergoes ultrasound and blood testing. Only once this testing stage confirms the candidate's medical fitness to be an egg donor, does she join CHR's donor pool, becomes eligible for tentative matching with a recipient and becomes visible as an egg donor candidate in our egg donor wishlist system. On average, only 1-3% of original applicants ultimately make it into CHR's donor pool.

This, however, does not yet end the donor screening process at CHR: Once you choose one of our egg donors as a potential match, the donor, once more, undergoes a round of detailed medical testing, as mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This round of testing has to utilize FDA-approved laboratories at specific time intervals from the donor's egg retrieval. Only once all lab results from this FDA-testing round have returned normal, is the donor really, ultimately, considered "matched" with her recipient.

CHR takes great pride in its very detailed and rigorous egg donor selection process. Because we receive such a large number of donor applications, we have the unusual luxury of being highly selective, and still having a large egg donor pool of approximately 200 donors of diverse ethnicities, talents, interests and physical characteristics.

High Pregnancy Rates with Egg Donation

CHR also reports amongst the highest pregnancy and delivery rates: In our program, cumulative pregnancy chances from a single egg donation cycle--pregnancy chances from all the embryos produced in a given cycle--are currently in the high 80s to low 90s. Over the last few years, clinical pregnancy rates in fresh transfer cycles--embryo transfers using the fresh, never-frozen embryos--were steadily around approximately 65%, with transfer of at most 2 embryos.

Since most donor cycles produce many more than 2 embryos, most recipients end up with frozen embryos, which, of course, reflect additional pregnancy chances. This is where cumulative pregnancy chances come in--recipients can have frozen-thawed embryo transfer after the fresh embryo transfer cycle. A small number of recipients have, indeed, had up to 3 consecutive single pregnancies from a single egg donor cycle.

Experience with Long-Distance Patients

A significant portion of CHR's patients are long-distance patients. Some come from overseas for our large and diverse donor egg program, while others seek our physicians' expertise in treating women with diminished ovarian reserve. Whichever group you fall into, you will certainly benefit from CHR's accumulated experience in helping out-of-state patients with fertility treatment logistics. We have developed a number of strategies to minimize our patients' need to travel to New York City, while keeping the level of clinical care absolutely up to the CHR standards. You can read the basic fertility treatment logistics here.

Last Updated: January 8, 2015

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