Should you choose fresh eggs made available by your IVF clinic or should you get frozen eggs from an external egg bank?
Egg banks specialize in acquiring eggs and donors, they sell the frozen eggs or provide the donor which travels to the location where the IVF procedure is done and donates the eggs.
There are some advantages for using an external egg bank like the fact that you can make the choice among a far wider range of donors than in an IVF clinic. Some of the egg banks brag a bit on their websites about the frozen eggs having the same success rates as fresh donations but for half of the price and most of the new researches show that the rates are indeed similar and the costs of using egg banks seem to be less expensive then fresh egg cycles in the IVF clinic if for example the costs of one cycle are spread among more than one recipient. However it is a fact that in the frozen cycle you get less eggs because during the thawing only 50 to 60 percent survive.
Egg banks usually give you access to the donor registry on their websites. It is pretty easy to get full access to donor profiles where you could finds some photos of her and a description of her appearance, education level, ethnicity, her talents and hobbies. Larger banks provide also fresh eggs but this of course increases the costs significantly and most of the Egg banks are pretty transparent that they prefer selling frozen eggs. Very often the banks underline how much more problematic fresh donations are, naming some problems like the medication the donor has to take to retrieve the eggs, troubles with menstruation coordination, higher costs and the travel and transportation needed. The banks don’t mention any disadvantages of using frozen eggs at all – that’s why we said they are transparent with their preferences. They oddly rarely mention the risks of eggs extraction like in the fresh eggs donation. Why? Does the fact that the extraction was made in the past make it any different? No, no it does not, it’s the same procedure. One things for sure selling frozen eggs is a lot easier for the banks, there is a lot less administrative work to be done with the frozen eggs. Simply put the “product” is cheaper to manufacture which makes them more money. Let’s not forget that while the donations make a lot of good for a lot of people it is still business for the banks. Another thing is the guarantee, do you can really be 100% sure that you will receive the eggs of a donor you choose somewhere overseas? And let’s say yes, you can be 100% sure, issue that must be in mind is the fact that ordering frozen eggs may be illegal in the country where you are doing the procedure.
There is also a third option – a donor from an egg bank but with a fresh cycle. It is definitely the most expensive option because the donor has to travel to the clinic where the recipient is having the treatment and that adds a lot to the overall costs of the treatment. The advantage would probably be the fact that such a bank will have a wider range of donor to choose from.
This may look like some anti-egg banks manifest but we are really just trying to look out for you. Remember to look into things deeper. If someone says to you “this is better” it might as well mean it is more profitable for him if you choose it.