Who Are We?
Egg Donor Alliance (EDA) is an egg donation treatment resource, providing highly qualified egg donors at lower cost to recipients and their families. EDA has partnered with international egg donor provider centers with a track record of excellence, establishing a program with a highly selected group of donors. Our team of experts has extensive experience in IVF and egg donor services and provides resources online for education regarding the IVF egg donor process.
Egg Donor Alliance at a glance
- Donors: The donors who are listed on this website can be matched and cycles completed within 60-90 days.
- Value: Compared to U.S. egg donors with fresh cycles or even egg banking, EDA’s egg donation program is very cost effective. Recipients are guaranteed to receive up to three embryos (or pregnancy, whichever occurs first), whereas egg banks only guarantee one embryo.
- Tracking: A secure system of tracking, based on many years of experience, assures the safety of semen, eggs and embryos, which are transported to affiliated clinics.
International Centers of Excellence
Egg Donor Alliance only partners with carefully selected centers of excellence in the IVF egg donor field with outcomes parallel to those in the best American centers.
Highly Desirable Egg Donors: The vast majority of the donors selected by the Egg Donor Alliance have some college, college degrees or graduate school degrees. They have excellent family histories as well as proven fertility, egg donation success, or an AMH level of over 3.5 ng/mL. Each has been selected from a larger internal egg donor pool for highly favorable personal characteristics, including personal accomplishments in school and career. Their physical attractiveness, talent, personality, and personal ambitions are also considered. Each regards her participation in the program as an opportunity to help other women and compensation is less a driving force.
Thanks to the cooperation of our international partners, a multiethnic egg donor database has been assembled for the Egg Donor Alliance egg donation program. Many are proven successful egg donors. Examples of the multi-ethnicity of listed donors:
- From Russia with Scandinavian features, and Eurasian
- From Caucasian mountain areas of European Georgia
- From Ukraine, in southeastern Europe with a mixture of European features
- Latino heritage
- African heritage
Donor Screening and Testing: Screening and testing is comparable to US standards. History screening is completed in the native language or in English when appropriate. Extensive family histories are taken in the native language and cleared by trained personnel. Many candidates are eliminated at this step. Medical history is reviewed and physical examination is performed. AMH as well as antral follicle count are done for first-time donors. Testing is completed by Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-registered laboratories for sexually transmitted disease at the time of egg donation. Experienced donors have details of their previous egg donation treatments listed on our website. Each donor also has a professional psychological screen.
- Chromosome Testing: Selected centers perform chromosome analysis on all donors.
- Carrier State Screening: Screening of egg donors is in accordance with the highest standards available, exceeding the American College of Medical Genetics and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines for pre-pregnancy screening. Using the Counsyl test, all donors are screened for over 100 carrier states, inherited health conditions including cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, spinal muscular atrophy, and specific recessive disorders which occur in Ashkenazi Jewish populations. EDA offers free partner/husband screening for carrier states if a donor has a positive test, as will occur in up to 20% of donor prospects.
- Enhanced Egg Donor Embryo Screening: Especially to reduce the risk of twins in egg donation, a new program is offered. Twins, though seemingly attractive to many who have infertility, are really an undesirable risk. All of the complications for mother and baby rise approximately five fold; up to 20% of twins are premature and the incidence of birth defects in the babies is higher. Select centers offer a computer-based, time-lapse imaging program for embryo selection. Prediction of embryo outcomes may enhance the chance for implantation. This enables egg donor recipients to have increased confidence in a single embryo transfer as a good option. Reducing the twin risk is the goal.
- Quality Eggs: Generally speaking, the egg stimulation protocols are gentler than those commonly used by American centers. Often egg banks and donor programs are interested in splitting donor eggs among two or more donors. Our emphasis is on quality of eggs, not on pushing the donors to achieve a high number. In the interest of donor safety and because excessive drugs may produce abnormal eggs, our protocols do not push donors for extremely high numbers of eggs. An average of 12 mature eggs allows for a strong cohort of embryos. Each recipient has 3 or more top-quality blastocysts. After one or two blastocysts are replaced, frozen embryos for subsequent thaw cycles offer the opportunity for cumulative success of 80 – 90%. Many donor egg recipients will have two births after one egg retrieval.
- Identity Release: Currently, local policies of our provider centers often do not favor identity release. The willingness to allow donor identity release if regulations permit is indicated. EDA believes this environment will change over the next 10 years, so that children of the current donations will be able to seek identity release. This is discussed in further detail on our website.