• Using Donor Eggs for IVF
Donor Egg IVF

Pregnancy Initiation with Donated Eggs (PRIDE) – our donor egg program is a natural outgrowth of our comprehensive fertility treatment. It represents a significant advance in fertility treatment as its high success rate is largely independent of the recipient’s age.

CNY Donor Recipients are people like you: professionals, hobbyists, brothers, sisters, friends, even parents. The women and men that are using donated eggs to build their family are looking for donors who remind them of themselves. Whether in appearance, interests, or personality – each Donor Recipient at CNY Fertility is unique, and so are each of the women that help make their dream of parenthood a reality.

When a couple or individual decides to move forward with donor egg treatment, we provide them with a specialized donor care team featuring:

  • Donor Nurse
  • Recipient coordinator
  • Recipient Financial coordinator

PRIDE was developed to help families who otherwise have little chance of becoming pregnant due to one or more of the following factors:

  • non-functioning ovaries
  • advanced age, above 42 years
  • a genetic abnormality
  • repetitive failure to conceive with other fertility treatments with their own eggs, including IVF and GIFT
  • Two male parents

If you are interested in pursuing donor oocyte IVF, you would need to schedule a consult to go over how our donor egg program works & detailing requirements, as well as being assigned a recipient coordinator. If you would like to schedule a complementary recipient consult (either by phone or in-person), please call our call center at 800-539-9870 x3274.

Selecting your Donor
Selecting your Donor

It is our goal to make the selection process as smooth as possible for our patients. One way in which we do this is having our donors go through rigorous screening before they ever appear in our donor database.  CNY Fertility actively recruits and screens young, healthy, fertile women between the ages of 20 and 32. Although egg donors are compensated financially, we have found that the majority of women who become egg donors are motivated by a strong, altruistic desire to help women experiencing infertility.

Our donor process is anonymous but completely transparent and the donor database provides clients with a wealth of information. Each donor has a profile featuring demographic characteristics (eye color, race, ethnicity, etc.) and other basic information including their height, weight, education, and more.

The recruitment process includes medical and genetic testing. Routine lab tests include: blood type and Rh factor; rubella; complete blood count; and liver function test (ALT). In addition, all donors must test negative for the AIDS virus, Hepatitus B and C, Syphilis, CMV and STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. All ethnic donors are tested for Tay Sacs (Jewish donors), Thalassemia and Hemoglobinopathies (Mediterranean descent) and Cystic Fibrosis. These tests are repeated every for every donation cycle.

Donors are screened and selected according to the regulations of the New York State Department of Health, standards of the AATB and guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Many clients opt for a known donor (a friend or family member) as a way of maintaining some biological or social connectivity to their donor. Known donors will still undergo the same medical screening as donors recruited by CNY Fertility.

How do I choose the right egg donor?

We make every effort to find a donor that the recipient couple will feel entirely comfortable with and we guide you through this difficult and unique process.  Using the information provided by you about your preferences, priorities, and exclusions, we try to identify donors who meet those requirements in a general way and who are available within your time frame.  We then provide you with detailed personal, family, educational, and medical information about a few donors and the final selection is made jointly.  We give you as much information as we can without compromising confidentiality.

Viewing Donor Profiles

Our current donor profiles are able to be viewed once you register as a patient and have been granted access to the patient portal (username & password are required).  Click on the tab that states view active donorsPlease click here to login and view our donor profiles.  This website helps keep our donor database updated for our intended parents, as well as provide you with the most recent information on our donors. You will be able to anonymously review the current donor profiles that are available through CNY Fertility Center.

When looking at donor profiles:

  • If it states currently matched- that means she is currently in a cycle.  At the end of the cycle, the donor will be asked if she would like to remain in the pool to cycle again.  Some donors have a waitlist, while others may be avail to cycle upon completion of the current cycle.
  • If it states donor available- that means that she is avail to cycle immediately.
  • If it states that there are frozen eggs avail- that means that there are frozen eggs here in our egg bank from that donor.  These are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Your recipient coordinator would be able to advise you how many are available (we sell in batches of 8).
  • If it states that there are no frozen eggs avail- that means that there are no frozen eggs here in our egg bank from that donor.
  • If it states donor frozen eggs only- this means that the donor is not able to cycle for a fresh cycle (either removed from program or maxed out) but does have frozen eggs available to purchase.  Again, on a first come, first serve basis.
  • New donors are added regularly, so we encourage you to be checking our donor profiles regularly as well to see if there is a better match for you.  We encourage you to narrow your selection down to 3 donors.  Your recipient coordinator will gladly review this with you.

There are some requirements you would need to complete in order to be matched or select frozen eggs.  You will be advised by your recipient coordinator once your checklist is completed and you are able to be matched.

What if I can’t find the right donor at CNY?

Even with one of the largest donor banks in the country, some clients do not find the donor that is right for them, and that is 100% okay. These clients (and any of our recipient clients) have access to My Egg Bank, Donor Egg Bank USA,  Fairfax Cryobank, and Cryos International egg banks which all have a vast database of donors and the ability to ship eggs all over the country without presenting any risk to the eggs themselves. This provides our patients with a multitude of options when making this important decision. 

Recipient Treatment Plan
Recipient Treatment Plan

The recipient treatment plan is what you, as an egg donor recipient would undergo. 

The minimum pre-treatment evaluation of the recipient couple includes a current semen analysis and either and HSG (dye study of the uterus) or hysteroscopy for evaluation of the uterine cavity within 2 years.  Blood tests for both partners may include: Blood type, rubella, gonorrhea and chlamydia.  If there is any doubt about the male partner’s ability to be present on the day of the egg retrieval (which can be a few days earlier or later than expected), then a backup specimen of his frozen sperm should be sent to our program well in advance of the scheduled treatment.

Preparation of the uterine lining for implantation (attachment of the fertilized dividing egg to the womb) is key to the success of PRIDE.  If the recipient has no periods and no ovarian function, she is placed on a protocol of estrogen replacement with either daily oral estrogen (Estrace) pills or estrogen skin patches in order to build up the uterine lining.  One or two blood tests and ultrasounds are done in our office to assess the response to medications and adjust the medication as needed.  An individualized schedule of medications will be provided for your convenience.  Once the date of egg retrieval is set, the recipient adds twice-per-day injections of progesterone-in-oil, vaginal progesterone and/or oral progesterone.  It is most important that you do not start progesterone until specifically told by our office to do so even though your preliminary schedule estimates the start day.  If the recipient has periods, and therefore ovarian function, her own hormone production first needs to be suppressed, so that it does not interfere with the above hormone replacement protocol.  Therefore, women with ovarian function receive either Lupron or Synarel, which transiently suppress their own ovarian function, before starting estrogen and progesterone.

The hormone preparations, estradiol and progesterone, are identical to the hormones, which your body would naturally produce during spontaneous pregnancy.  Consequently, you need not worry about their possible adverse effects on the developing fetus because these hormones are exactly the same as the ones produced in all human (and for that matter all mammalian) pregnancies.  Unfortunately, the FDA requires that an insert warning you about the use of any hormones in pregnancy in the package, but this policy does not distinguish between artificial hormones (such as those found in birth control pills) and natural hormones necessary to prepare your uterus for embryo implantation and pregnancy.

Out of town recipients

We have developed a system of evaluating potential recipients through review of past medical records and telephone interviews with you and your local gynecologists.  This system allows most out of area recipients to travel to Syracuse or Albany for only 5 to 7 days during the actual treatment cycle. 

Egg Donor Treatment
Egg Donor Treatment

The donors undergo the first two phases of in vitro fertilization:  controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and egg retrieval.  They receive a series of daily injections of gonadotropins to stimulate their ovaries to produce multiple eggs over a period of 10-12 days as well as either Ganarelix, Cetrotide, or Lupron.  During that time, they are closely monitored with frequent blood tests and ultrasounds to determine what is the right day to collect the eggs.  Egg retrieval is performed in the office procedure room and involves passing a long needle into the ovaries and removing the fluid containing the eggs from the ovarian follicles under light sedation for anesthesia.

How much is Donor Egg IVF?
How much is Donor Egg IVF?

At CNY, we offer many different donor egg packages to allow our clients to choose the option that is best for them.

Standard package fresh eggs:  6 mature fresh eggs   $12,000   Additional mature eggs can be purchased for $2,000 per egg

Includes donor fees, donor screening, donor medications, donor monitoring at one of our offices, retrieval, ICSI, assisted hatching, an embryo transfer (number of embryos transferred will be discussed on day of transfer), & cryopreservation of additional embryos with 1 year storage.  Recipient monitoring & recipient medications are NOT included.  Additional services such as cryopreservation/storage of sperm, donor sperm, PGD, embryo storage beyond 1 year, additional lab services and additional embryo transfers are not included.   

Standard package fresh eggs – Freeze ALL Embryos:  6 mature fresh eggs   $9,000  Additional mature eggs can be purchased for $2,000 per egg

Includes donor fees, donor screening, donor medications, donor monitoring at one of our offices, retrieval, ICSI, assisted hatching, an embryo transfer (number of embryos transferred will be discussed on day of transfer), & cryopreservation of additional embryos with 1 year storage.  Recipient monitoring & recipient medications are NOT included.  Additional services such as cryopreservation/storage of sperm, donor sperm, PGD, embryo storage beyond 1 year, additional lab services and additional embryo transfers are not included.   

Standard package frozen eggs:  6 banked mature eggs: $9,000  Additional banked eggs can be purchased for $1,500 per egg

Includes donor match, frozen egg warming, ICSI, assisted hatching, an embryo transfer (number of embryos transferred will be discussed on day of transfer), & cryopreservation of additional embryos with 1 year storage.  Recipient monitoring & recipient medications are NOT included.  Additional services such as cryopreservation/storage of sperm, donor sperm, PGD, embryo storage beyond 1 year, or additional lab services are not included.    Of note, we cannot guarantee how many eggs will survive the thaw process.

Banked Egg Add-On Package to IVF Cycle:  4 banked mature eggs: $4,000

Includes donor match and frozen egg warming ONLY

Known Donor Pricing (using family member, friend, or agency donor): $9,000

Includes donor screening, donor medications, donor monitoring at one of our offices, retrieval, ICSI, assisted hatching, an embryo transfer (number of embryos transferred will be discussed on day of transfer), & cryopreservation of additional embryos with 1 year storage.  Recipient monitoring & recipient medications are NOT included.  Additional services such as cryopreservation/storage of sperm, donor sperm, PGS/PGD, embryo storage beyond 1 year, additional lab services and additional embryo transfers are not included.**Please note additional fees may apply if oocyte donor does not meet CNY Fertility’s screening criteria.

Financing is available for all packages for an additional fee – 12 months ($500 financing fee), 18 months ($750 financing fee), 24 months ($1,000 financing fee). CNY also requires a debit/credit card on file for all payment plans.

5% Military Discount Available on ALL PRIDE Cycle Packages

Recipient Monitoring Fee, $725 and additional Embryo Transfer Fee, $1,900

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