Treatments & Options - Donor Egg - Success Rates

If you are older than 35 and have had several failed IVF cycles, ask your doctor if the donor egg process would work for you.

IVF success rates with donor eggs
Success rates for women using donor eggs with IVF are quite high. Here are the 2011 live birth success rates following IVF embryo transfer with donor eggs. 

  • IVF cycles with fresh donor embryos: 54.9 percent gave birth
  • IVF cycles with thawed donor embryos: 35.7 percent gave birth

The good news is that using donor eggs and the in vitro fertilization process, more than 54 percent of transfers resulted in a live birth. More importantly, age was not a factor in the success rate.

Egg donation boosts success
The success rates for the egg donation process far exceed those for regular IVF. This is probably due to the fact that the donors who provide the eggs are young and don't have fertility problems themselves. In addition, the risks for miscarriage and babies with chromosomal abnormalities are also reduced since those risks can be dependent on the age of the donor, not the recipient.

Frozen eggs
Frozen donor eggs are also currently being used in donor egg IVF cycles. One company reports a pregnancy rate of 53% and a delivered baby rate of 47% for women using fertilized frozen donor eggs with IVF. Success is not guaranteed, however, and many men and women will require more than one IVF cycle to deliver a baby. Still, the success rates of frozen donor eggs with IVF treatment are very reassuring.

Whether the egg donation process is right for you is a decision that must be made with careful consideration. In some situations, your reproductive endocrinologist may suggest using donor sperm to boost your donor egg success rates. Fortunately, most infertility clinics will guide you throughout this process to help you make a decision that suits you best.



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