Bedi IVF Centre innovate Shared Donor Egg Program significantly increases the number of patients that are able to access donor egg treatment. By sharing the eggs from a single donor with one or two other recipients, patients can save up to 50 percent on donor egg treatment.
After a comprehensive review of donor egg cycles, the data demonstrated many donors developed more mature eggs than one recipient would ever be able to use. With donors producing 18-21 eggs on average, we recognized that recipients could share the eggs from a single donor.
What to Expect
The coordination of a shared donor egg treatment cycle is nearly identical to that of a traditional, or non-shared, donor egg cycle.
SELECTING A DONOR
Once you (the recipient) decide if you will or will not share a donor, it is time to select a donor. Bedi IVF Centre patients have access to our center’s donor database comprised of egg donors who have already undergone medical, psychological, and genetic screening, As a result of the screening, each egg donor is identified as a candidate for our non-shared program (1:1) or as a shared donor (1:2 or 1:3). This is easily identifiable on the donor database.
Once a patient has selected a donor, the patient must wait for other recipients to also choose their desired donor. If a donor is listed as a 1:3 cycle (meaning that there will be three recipients), the cycle will not move forward until at least two recipients have selected that donor. Once two recipients have selected the donor, there is a 30-day window for a third recipient to select that donor. After 30 days, the cycle moves forward and Bedi IVF Centre assumes the position of the third recipient in order to not delay the process. Once a match is completed, it usually takes about 8 weeks from that point to the embryo transfer.
There are occasions when an egg donor does not produce as many eggs as predicted and therefore only one or two of the recipients will receive eggs. In these cases, your care team will coordinate with you next steps.