We would like to make our patients aware of an exciting new option for family building that we are pleased to be able to offer. The Fertility Institute of Hawaii is proud to announce that it has partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA to provide frozen donor egg bank services in Hawaii and the Pacific.
We are the nation’s only frozen donor egg program to be developed through a collaboration of more than 100 reproductive specialists throughout the United States. Donor Egg Bank USA was created to assist fertility patients in their dream of having a baby with the added convenience of a quicker, more affordable treatment process.
Under the direction of John L. Frattarelli, MD, Medical, Practice & Laboratory Director, Fertility Institute of Hawaii, is one of the founding partners for Donor Egg Bank USA and is the only participating clinic in Hawaii. As part of a large global network, patients of the Pacific now have ethnic and racial accessibility to a diverse donor egg pool. Patients located in Hawaii and the Pacific are able to pursue family building options using donor eggs that may not be readily accessible here in the islands, but that can be conveniently found within other participating specialists. Patients are able to continue to seek treatment locally in Hawaii, yet the key to completing their family may be found across the nation.
Using frozen donor eggs allows women who cannot produce their own viable eggs the opportunity to carry and deliver a child. During the process, donor eggs are retrieved from a donor, frozen, and banked. Frozen donor eggs are then fertilized with a partner’s or donor’s sperm, and then implanted into the womb of the waiting mother-to-be.
In the past, traditional egg donor methods required first synchronizing the donor’s and recipient’s menstrual cycles, and then retrieving eggs and transferring fertilized embryos. The necessity for synchronization results in significant time delays and uncertainties. A traditional (fresh) donor egg cycle can cost up to $30,000 to $40,000 and take 6-12 months to complete. A frozen donor egg cycle can be completed in as little as one to two months for typically half the cost while maintaining excellent pregnancy rates.
An innovative fast-freezing technology called vitrification has transformed fertility treatment capabilities, making the viability of frozen eggs similar to that of fresh eggs. Today, eggs can be collected, frozen, and banked, making them immediately available to recipients who select them from a donor database.
The Fertility Institute of Hawaii and Donor Egg Bank USA offer patients the same baby delivery success rates as most traditional (fresh) donor egg programs.
The advantages of using Donor Egg Bank eggs include: recipients can cycle when it is convenient for them, there is an ability to start a cycle immedately, significantly lower cost than a traditional donor cycle, fewer cancelled cycles, and it is a cost effective way to achieve possible pregnancy.For more information, please visit the donor egg page on our website www.ivfcenterhawaii.com or www.donoreggbankusa.com.