Treatment Options for Shared Egg Donation – Santa Monica Fertility

Understanding Your Shared Egg Donation Treatment Options

Shared egg donation treatment options open up new possibilities for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs. For many women, a good opportunity to have children simply did not occur during the prime childbearing years. When this is the case, the use of donor eggs can restore the chance to have a child. In fact, the use of donor eggs consistently delivers the best success rate for live birth of any IVF procedure. Shared egg donation has the same high success rate.

When to Consider Shared Egg Donation Treatment Options

Each patient is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. However, women over 40 are much less likely to be able to use their own eggs in IVF. The most common reason for a drop in the availability and quality of a patient’s eggs is advanced reproductive age (40+). Other causes include:

  • A drop in hormone levels in a woman’s thirties leading to premature ovarian insufficiency
  • Surgery or disease affecting the ovaries
  • Cancer treatments that damage a patient’s eggs
  • Serious genetic disorders that might be passed on to offspring

shared egg donation treatment options
How can a patient know that her own eggs won’t work? Failure to recruit sufficient eggs for retrieval, chromosomal abnormalities discovered using Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, and repeated failure of embryos to implant are often signs that a patient is simply unable to use her own eggs to achieve a pregnancy resulting in a live birth. However, if there is no objection to using donor material, it is possible to evaluate a patient’s suitability for shared egg donation without going through multiple failed IVF attempts first. The quantity of eggs available can be assessed using a blood test that checks hormone levels while egg quality is closely correlated with age.

Shared Egg Donation Treatment Options Provide Cost Savings

Failed IVF cycles not only lead to disappointment, they can also be financially depleting. We recognize that many patients have already tried to conceive using their own eggs before they move on to considering donated eggs. Others may simply have difficulty finding an affordable way to build a family using traditional egg donation. Our shared egg donation treatment is an option that cuts the cost of a traditional donor egg cycle in half. That can represent a savings of $20,000 or more. A newer option is the use of frozen donor eggs, which can be accessed for less than $17,500 per cycle.

Our billing manager is happy to discuss all your financial options and we disclose all fees up front so there are no surprises. We can also recommend third party financing options to bring these important fertility treatments within reach for your family. For more information, contact our office at (866)-991-1990.

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