In consideration of recent technological advances, The ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) has lifted its “experimental” label related to the freezing of eggs for procreative purposes. It is now possible to purchase frozen donor eggs in much the same way frozen donor sperm is purchased. One big advantage of frozen eggs is that they can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred whenever the intended parents are ready - no need to synchronize menstrual cycles or accommodate a donor’s schedule, as with fresh cycles.
Another advantage is that frozen eggs can be less expensive than fresh. In fact, the main reason that egg banks and IVF clinics freeze eggs “on speculation” is to keep the costs down: one retrieval, frozen into batches of around six, can serve two or more recipients, pooling resources and expenses. Selection remains limited, however, because the initial financial investment remains high even though donors are compensated in the lower range. Also, it is not easy to find candidates who make a large enough number of eggs to freeze into multiple batches who are also willing to be compensated more modestly.
At this point, it is unlikely that a highly educated or otherwise very desirable candidate would choose to donate for a frozen cycle at a lower compensation rate. A donor is compensated much more attractively for the same time and effort by working through a program such as the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group, which offers the highest compensation that the ASRM allows. Most of our clients are seeking donors with highly desirable traits and would be hard-pressed to find a suitable candidate at a frozen egg bank.
However, our recipients may still take advantage of some of the time saving aspects of this technology by choosing a batch of frozen eggs from us. NAFG has a small number of frozen eggs available, all from highly desirable donors who have donated successfully in the past. We have a collaborative partnership with New York University Fertility Center [“NYUFC”] and our frozen eggs have been retrieved, and cryopreserved by NYUFC pursuant to their standards. These frozen eggs are located at NYUFC and are available for their patients only (they can cannot be shipped elsewhere for thaw and fertilization). It is possible to register as a patient at NYUFC if there is a wish to work with frozen eggs that are housed there (and we can help with contacts and appointments). Frozen eggs are especially convenient for international patients who are not yet registered at an IVF clinic in the US, but any patient can register at NYUFC to work with them if they are not already NYUFC patients. [Occasionally we will have frozen eggs available at other locations.] The overall costs may be slightly lower than for fresh cycles (working with frozen eggs does not involve any legal contract or transportation fees), but the real advantage is time. If you are interested in any donors noted with “frozen available” in their Web profile, please inquire with us directly about prices, batch size, and availability.