New Life’s Frozen Egg Bank
We understand that choosing an egg is one of, if not the, most important decisions you will make for your growing family. This is the future of your baby. Because we know this decision should not be taken lightly, we have taken steps to ensure you have access to the information you need to make a decision that’s best for you. We want you to feel confident that your choice is the right choice for your family’s wants and needs.
With New Life, you will have access to egg donors’ photos, family backgrounds, and personal and medical histories in a large database of unique frozen egg donors. Our database has non-anonymous donors of different nationalities from local donors and all around the world, including:
- South Africa
This allows you to choose the best fit for your family. Parents-to-be are encouraged to contact the New Life team to obtain a data-protected password for login access to this database to explore potential egg donors.
Why Frozen Eggs?
With modern technological advancements in the IVF field, frozen eggs now have the same success rate as fresh eggs when used in an IVF program. At our clinic, we always receive high-quality blastocysts with frozen eggs.
There are three reasons why our parents-to-be now often choose to use frozen eggs:
- No wait time: When we deal with fresh eggs from an egg donor, we need to prepare the donor for travel and wait to start the program until they arrive at our location. With frozen eggs, we can avoid these wait times at a more affordable cost.
- Guaranteed eggs: With traveling egg donors, we sometimes end up with zero eggs, which is why no travel egg donor agency can guarantee any number of eggs from a particular donor. In this situation, we have found some parents are overburdened with the unnecessary financial commitment that results in an unsuccessful attempt at retrieving eggs, but frozen eggs can help eliminate this risk. Frozen eggs are guaranteed eggs.
- Affordability: Frozen eggs are more affordable because it completely eliminates the excess costs associated with travel egg donors. With travel comes the cost of a chaperon and traveling expenses. With frozen eggs, you do not have these extra costs.
Travel Egg Donors Versus Frozen Eggs
With travel egg donors, no eggs are guaranteed. With many travel egg donor agencies, parents-to-be will pay $13,000–20,000 USD in advance, prior to the start of their program. This money is nonrefundable, even if the donor ends up with zero eggs. In our experience, we have found that the majority of travel egg donor agencies have been established by former donors, not by doctors. This often leads to cases where donors are not properly stimulated, leaving parents-to-be with large out-of-pocket expenses and either no eggs or no quality eggs to proceed with their IVF program.
In the event of low-quality eggs, typically what we see happen is that donors heat medications during flight, but these stimulation medications have to be stored in a cool, refrigerated area to be effective. Donors may also inject themselves at different times, not following the guidelines given to them by their doctor. The result is rather expensive when you consider paying for travel, flight tickets, accommodations, and medical expenses without a baby to make it all worth it.
Choosing to use our frozen egg bank, our parents-to-be are guaranteed a number of eggs and embryos with half of the expenses in comparison with travel Egg Donor programs, reducing the financial burden and increasing chances of a successful program that ends with a baby to bring home.