Fresh Eggs vs. Frozen Eggs
What is the difference between fresh and frozen donor cycles?
In a fresh donor cycle, you select a donor who is then contacted to begin her pre-cycle screening process. Her menstrual cycle must be synchronized with the female intended parent or gestational carrier, and then she can start her stimulation medications. The cycle from choosing your egg donor to pregnancy test is from 3 to 6 months.
With a frozen donor cycle, egg donors are stimulated and all mature eggs are vitrified (frozen) before the donor profile is added to our Pacific Fertility Egg Bank database. Once you make your donor selection through the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank, your cycle planning can start immediately. With frozen eggs you do not need to be synchronized with your egg donor. This provides more flexibility for planning your cycle and for timing of the embryo transfer. A Pacific Fertility Egg Bank cycle may take from 4 to 8 weeks.
- Daragh Castaneda
Program Director, Egg Donor Agency at PFC