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Donor eggs can help you have a baby if you're struggling with infertility. But how much does it cost to use donor eggs? AssistedFertility.com can help you understand the costs and find the right treatment for you.

How Much Does it Cost to Use Donor Eggs?

For many couples struggling with infertility, the use of donor eggs is a last resort. But what exactly is the cost of using donor eggs?

The cost of using donor eggs can vary greatly depending on the clinic you use, the country you use, and whether you use fresh or frozen eggs.

Cost of Donor Eggs in the US

In the United States, the cost of using donor eggs can range from $20,000 to $30,000. This includes the cost of the eggs, the cost of the fertility drugs, the cost of the IVF procedure, and the cost of the genetic testing.

If you use fresh eggs, the cost will be on the high end. If you use frozen eggs, the cost will be on the lower end.

Cost of Donor Eggs in Other Countries

The cost of using donor eggs in other countries can be much lower than in the United States. For example, the cost of using donor eggs in India can be as low as $5,000.

The cost of using donor eggs in Greece can be as low as $6,000. The cost of using donor eggs in Spain can be as low as $7,000.

What is the Cost of Using Donor Eggs?

The cost of using donor eggs can vary greatly depending on the clinic you use, the country you use, and whether you use fresh or frozen eggs. In the United States, the cost can range from $20,000 to $30,000. In other countries, the cost can be much lower.

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An egg donor “cycle” has a number of basic components, and beyond that, there is a range of options and costs depending on what you choose (a “lot” or “batch” of frozen eggs vs. a fresh cycle with a donor of your choice). Kathy Benardo from the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group breaks it all down with specific costs.

The components of an egg door cycle include screening (forgot to mention that in the video!), suppression and stimulation (which includes medication and monitoring), and retrieval (a minor surgical procedure that requires anesthesia), the fertilization, transfer and freezing and storage of any remaining embryos. Although each component has separate costs, most clinics charge a flat fee for the whole process.

Frozen eggs are the least expensive (and fastest) option: everything up to the fertilization has already been done. A typical retrieval will yield anywhere between 10 and 20 eggs: those eggs would be batched into “lots” of 6-8 and each lot would be sold separately for about $15-18,000. Frozen eggs would need to be thawed and then fertilized; typically not all eggs survive the thaw and not all surviving eggs will become high-quality embryos. A good result from a frozen batch would be 1-3 high quality embryos.

There are a number of options for fresh eggs: choosing a donor from your own clinic’s pool (if they do their own donor recruiting) would be the least expensive and least risky option, because they screen the donors beforehand and divide the retrieval for two (and in some cases, when possible, three) recipients. The cost would be in the $25-30,000 range.

Frozen egg banks and clinical pools have limited selections, as they generally pay lower compensations than independent agencies offer. If you want a bigger selection and do not want to share the eggs, working with a private agency may be best for you. An agency fee may be anywhere from $5-10,000; the donor’s compensation could be $10,000 or more; if she is out of town there will be travel and local monitoring costs (around $5-7,000). This is all in addition to the medical fees (around $25,000). A fresh donor cycle takes about three months from start to finish. If the donor does not pass her screening, it can set you back a few weeks.

The three factors in your decision are time, cost and selection: you must prioritize and take it from there.

Couples or singles interested in having a child through surrogacy and/or donor egg, or prospective carriers and donors, can contact by phone at 1-800-710-1677, where you can speak to one of our staff directly, or e-mail us at inquiry@assistedfertility.com.

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