Fresh or Frozen Donor Eggs: Which is Right for You?

18th April 2019 in Advice

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fresh vs frozen donor eggs

How does it work when you use an egg donor to get pregnant? And what is the difference between using fresh and frozen donor eggs?

Here is a quick, easy-to-understand overview of the typical treatment process for fresh and frozen donor eggs, what to consider and your funding options:

Treatment process: Fresh donor eggs

Treatment with fresh donor eggs means the eggs are fertilised with either partner sperm or donor sperm as soon as they are collected from your donor.

It involves preparing you to receive an embryo, whilst at the same time preparing your donor for donation. This type of treatment requires careful synchronisation between donor and recipient, so the embryos are ready for you at exactly the right time.

Your donor undergoes ovarian stimulation and egg collection, whilst you take medications to prepare your uterus for embryo transfer. Embryos are transferred when your uterine lining is of the right thickness. You can take a pregnancy test two weeks after your embryo transfer.

Treatment process: Frozen donor eggs

The process for frozen donor eggs differs to fresh in that it does not involve any cycle synchronisation. Eggs are already frozen and ready in our donor bank, so you can start treatment immediately.

Donor eggs are thawed and prepared for fertilisation by our expert lab team, whilst your uterus is prepared for pregnancy using medications. We use scans to confirm your uterus is of optimum thickness before embryo transfer, followed by a pregnancy test around two weeks later.

Fresh or frozen donor eggs considerations

Here are some general points to consider if you are trying to decide between fresh or frozen donor eggs:

  • Using frozen donor eggs is a quicker treatment process
  • Frozen donor eggs offer a good chance of pregnancy due to our fast-freeze methods, with high survival rates for frozen eggs
  • Embryos created from both fresh and frozen donor eggs can be frozen and stored for future use

Funding treatment: Frozen vs fresh donor eggs

At Manchester Fertility we have cost-effective fixed-price treatment packages for both fresh and frozen donor eggs.

Each offers a guaranteed number of donor eggs and includes all the different aspects of treatment you need to include within one simple price, such as medications and embryo storage and freezing.

Our packages also include EmbryoScope time-lapse embryo development, which helps us to choose the embryos with the best pregnancy potential.

Our Donation Team will advise and guide you through your funding and donor eggs options, so you can make an informed choice about which type of treatment is best for you.

Treatment with donor eggs: Get started

Make a self-referral, book a free 1-2-1 or call our Donation Team on 0161 300 2737 to explore treatment with donor eggs at Manchester Fertility. We have a wide range of UK egg donors to choose from.

Last updated: 18th April 2019