The Egg Donor Alliance Advantage
More high-quality eggs at less cost to recipients, worldwide variety of egg donation
EDA Advantage #1: Lower cost
Egg donation is utilized all over the world, but in North America the expense of IVF with an egg donor has far outstripped costs in the rest of the world. High donor reimbursements, drug prices and medical service fees for IVF with donor eggs have become problematic. That expense prevents many infertile couples from trying to conceive with egg donation.
We reduce those costs, making parenthood possible for many deserving couples. How? Egg Donor Alliance brings together recipients in North America and highly-qualified egg donors from international centers of excellence. The cost savings are dramatic: a treatment cycle can be as low as $17,000 (compared to $24,000 average cost when using U.S. donor). Plus EDA guarantees up to three healthy embryos (or pregnancy, whichever occurs first), compared to other programs that only guarantee one embryo.
Details about prices & shipping
Prices can vary due to different fees for the egg donor process at the particular center where IVF with donor eggs is done. Additionally, embryos are shipped in batches for several patients, not immediately upon freezing.
EDA Advantage #2: High quality eggs
Egg Donor Alliance has visited many IVF centers and has carefully selected provider centers with a track record of excellence. We then select the best donors from each provider center’s larger group of donors. Donors are over 21 years and under 30 and meet the standards for family history and personal history used by egg donation clinics in the United States.
Egg donors are selected for favorable personality characteristics and personal accomplishments in school and career. The donors are screened according to the highest U.S. standards to avoid genetic illnesses or sexually transmitted disease. In some countries where we have egg donors the regulations require that egg donors have at least one child. Many of the donors selected by Egg Donor Alliance have at least some college education.
EDA Advantage #3: Diverse egg supply
EDA has assembled a multiethnic egg donor base with a variety of ethnic origins. We currently have engaged high-quality egg donors from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Estonia, Mexico, Thailand and Cambodia. These egg donors provide ethnic features of Scandinavians, a variety of southern Europeans, Latinos and Asians. And EDA is always looking to expand its egg donor network.
Details about donor eggs from Western & Central Europe
We are limited in some areas, such as Italy. Here’s why: Western and Central Europe are in a zone that is potentially a source of the severe and fatal Mad Cow disease. There is no test to make sure a potential donor is free of the disease. The U.S. FDA bans any cells or tissue being imported from these countries. Egg donation IVF falls in this category, so no eggs, embryos or sperm can be imported from these countries.
EDA Advantage #4: More eggs for recipients
Using EDA has definite advantages over using frozen eggs from U.S. donors, in part because recipients get more eggs. Unlike working with a typical U.S. egg bank, IVF with donor eggs from EDA allocates all the eggs from a donor and guarantees at least three blastocysts. If there are more than three, it is a bonus. In any case there are enough embryos for at least two embryo transfers.
Details on how this differs from U.S. egg banks
That’s not how it works in the U.S. egg banking system. A typical egg donor might produce 12 mature eggs (some produce 20 or more). Egg banking is efficient because it decreases the cost of donation by sharing eggs between two IVF egg donor treatment cycles. The bank does well when a donor produces a lot of eggs, as the eggs can be split even three ways. The typical egg bank will offer six mature eggs, and at least one blastocyst. If pregnancy does not result, the egg donor process starts all over again.
EDA Advantage #5: Clear process
The first step for intended parents is to review the donor list on the website. Donors are matched through password-protected access. Once a donor is selected, initial fees are paid and the intended parents’ sperm is shipped to the international affiliate clinic, an embryo transfer can be made to an affiliated center in the U.S. or Canada within 90 days.
The egg donor is stimulated with modest and safe drug doses and an egg retrieval is done. The IVF egg donor’s process is completed and embryos are developed to day 5 or 6 at the blastocyst stage.
Of course, we use the rapid vitrification process of embryo freezing that allows 90 percent or more of embryos to survive the thaw.
The recipient will know ahead of time how to plan her embryo transfer related medication treatment. Embryos are shipped to the local center and embryo transfer can be performed. The initial center for inauguration of this option is the Servy Massey Fertility Institute of Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia. Discussions are being carried out with other centers across the country and in Canada.
Current Provider Centers
Egg Donor Alliance is currently affiliated with carefully selected regional IVF Centers in the US and Canada. Potential recipients use one of the IVF Centers below.
Servy Massey Fertility Institute
Offices in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, USA