We are proud of our success rates.
Our expertise is reflected in the success rates at Santa Monica Fertility, which are comparable to the best programs in the United States.
Fertility practices are encouraged to report their success rates to the Center for Disease Control. The results of such data-gathering are published online, and are made available approximately two years after the information has been gathered.
Publication of live birth rates allows for comparisons between fertility clinics. Rates published by individual fertility centers should be considered carefully, as some centers set strict patient criteria in order to maintain seemingly superior live birth rates.
At SMF, we view each patient as an individual and do not set arbitrary cut-offs. Rather, we feel each patient should be counseled on all possible options and then allowed to make the best decision for herself.
Woman’s Age Live Birth Rate
Shared Egg Donation Success Rates
How do shared egg donation success rates compare to other forms of fertility treatment? This option actually has one of the highest success rates for IVF. The following is a quick overview of average live birth rates per cycle:
- 40% for women aged 35-37 using their own eggs
- 20% for women >40 using their own eggs
- 65% for patients using donor eggs at Santa Monica Fertility
This high success rate is the same for shared batches of donor eggs as for non-shared batches. Our live birth rate using frozen donor eggs is also similar to the rates for fresh donor eggs because of our advanced vitrification technique that preserves eggs safely and effectively. We take great care to optimize every step of the process to give patients the best possible outcome. Our success rates are consistently among the best nationwide.
What Factors Affect Shared Egg Donation Success Rates?
The excellent live birth rate at Santa Monica Fertility is due to many factors
- Careful donor selection, ensuring sufficient quantity of eggs to share per batch
- High quality of the eggs retrieved from young donors
- The health of the mother and her history of reproductive issues besides poor egg quality or quantity
- How the eggs are fertilized – intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) ensures fertilization and makes embryo screening possible
- PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) to ensure only chromosomally normal embryos are used
- The skill with which the embryos are incubated and transferred
- Appropriate hormonal support to ensure the embryo thrives after transfer
How Are Our Egg Donors Selected?
Before a woman can donate eggs, she must undergo comprehensive tests to assess her physical and psychological condition. Our egg donors are typically university students or recent graduates in their twenties. These young women are motivated by a desire to help other women become mothers. They are in excellent health with no personal or family history of genetic disorders and no transmissible diseases. Qualified candidates undergo a variety of tests including:
- A medical examination to assess general health
- Tests for STDs and other infectious diseases
- Genetic screening to rule out common inheritable disorders
- Reproductive health evaluation including blood testing and ultrasound to ensure sufficient egg follicles are present
- Psychological and legal counseling to ensure donors fully understand the medical process involved and the risks and responsibilities associated with becoming an egg donor
Prospective parents have access to medical and family history for each donor. They can also view a complete profile to select donors based on characteristics such as ethnicity, height, skin color, eye and hair color, educational background, and personality.
Shared Egg Donation Success Rates When Multiple Children Are Desired
While it may be possible to have two or more children from a shared cycle, this outcome usually requires more than eight eggs to create enough quality embryos. At times, larger shared batches can be used to reach this goal. Couples who wish to select the gender of their child should use a larger batch of eggs or traditional egg donation. Parents may also choose to make use of multiple batches of frozen eggs from donors with similar characteristics to achieve their goal of having more than one child.
To learn more about any aspect of our shared egg donation program, and obtain more detailed data about our success rates, call us at (310)-566-1470.