Fertility Centers of Illinois & Donor Egg Bank USA Hit 1,000 Embryo Transfer Milestone

[:en]Fertility Centers of Illinois and Donor Egg Bank USA, the largest frozen donor egg bank in the United States, have reached the milestone of more than 1,000 embryo transfers completed.

Fertility Centers of Illinois has partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA to provide frozen donor eggs as a treatment option for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs. Donor eggs provide the highest pregnancy rates of any fertility treatment. After a frozen donor egg is fertilized with sperm, the resulting embryo is transferred to the patient’s uterus. As a partner of Donor Egg Bank USA, Fertility Centers of Illinois offers local patients access to a national donor database.

Pregnancy success rates of frozen donor eggs are nearly equal to that of fresh donor eggs. Of the 1,000 transfers at Donor Egg Bank USA, 59 percent of women became pregnant and 44 percent continue to carry a pregnancy or have delivered a baby. Left over embryos not used in the original transfer increases a woman’s chances to achieve a live birth from a single egg lot to over 50 percent. Donor Egg Bank USA is the only frozen donor egg bank that provides pregnancy outcome data for all locations and every transfer.

“I have worked with many couples who were able to have a family because of frozen donor egg,” explains Dr. Brian Kaplan of Fertility Centers of Illinois. “This is an important treatment option to consider for those who are unable to have a family using their own eggs.”

“With donor egg offering the highest pregnancy rates of any fertility treatment, this is an important option for couples to have," says Heidi Hayes, CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA. "We’re honored to partner with Fertility Centers of Illinois to make this option available to local couples."

While a traditional (fresh) donor egg IVF cycle can cost $25,000-$38,000, a frozen donor egg IVF cycle is half the cost. Couples can obtain frozen donor eggs immediately and complete an IVF cycle in as little as one to two months. With a (fresh) egg donor the entire process can range from four to nine months.

The national donor database offers a wide range of characteristics such as physical traits, ethnicity, education level and more. All donors in the database have completed their donation cycle and have frozen eggs ready for selection.

Donor Egg Bank USA is the only frozen donor egg network to offer the 100% Assured Refund Plan™ Program which guarantees a full refund if a couple does not deliver a baby after six cycles.[:]