Egg Donation Program
There are two types of egg donor programs: fresh egg programs and frozen egg programs. Each program operates differently and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Which program will be the best choice for you will depend on your individual situation. Our staff is available to offer guidance but you must discuss the pros and cons with your doctor based on your medical profile and timing needs.
FRESH EGG PROGRAM
Often called “fresh” donor IVF, this is still the most common type of egg donation. SSA has an online database of potential egg donors and an SSA counselor will work with you in making your choice. SSA donations are anonymous to protect your confidentiality, which means that you and your donor will not know each other’s identity. In a fresh cycle donation, your doctor will stimulate and retrieve eggs from your donor and you will receive all of the eggs retrieved in that cycle. Those eggs will then be fertilized to create your embryos for transfer to you (or your surrogate’s) uterus. SSA is registered with and inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and follows all FDA rules for egg donation, together with guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
FROZEN EGG PROGRAM
Thanks to advances in medical technology, freezing eggs is now a reality and frozen donor eggs have success rates similar to fresh egg programs. Frozen donor eggs are available through the American Egg Bank, LLC (AEB). With the AEB frozen egg program, the eggs are retrieved and all medical screening and services are provided by Houston Fertility Specialists(HFS), one of the top IVF clinics in the U.S. AEB eggs are stored at the HFS facility in Houston, Texas. Frozen donor eggs are immediately available for fertilization and you do not have to coordinate the recipient’s menstrual cycle with those of the donor. In most cases, the frozen egg program offers cost savings over a fresh donor cycle. AEB is registered with and inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and follows all FDA rules for egg donation, together with guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.