The egg donation process has become more accessible and affordable in the past decade, in part because of shared egg donation. While donors and families are still matched, shared egg donation cycles open the door for couples to have children when they previously couldn’t.
The shared egg donation process
As a donor, the only real difference between shared and full cycles is that a shared cycle may not take as long to complete. You will still have to undergo routine screenings, cycle stimulation, and egg retrieval in a shared cycle.
Both full and shared cycles typically take 8-12 weeks to complete, though if you’re a repeat donor, it may take slightly less time to navigate the process.
Families receiving eggs from a shared cycle can have a high chance of a successful pregnancy at a fraction of the cost. Since they can choose how many eggs they want, they can better control their costs.
Multiple families split the eggs
Shared cycle donations reduce costs by sharing the eggs amongst multiple families. Typically this will be 2-3 families, depending on how many eggs each family wants.
When undergoing shared cycle donation, most families will get six eggs, though you can get fewer if you want. The eggs, labs, and preimplantation genetic screenings (PSG) will cost
Share your unneeded eggs with others
If you’re undergoing IVF treatment and using your own eggs, you can donate your unneeded mature eggs via shared cycle donations. This route can help pay the significant costs often associated with in vitro fertilization.
Is the shared cycle right for me?
If you’re still trying to decide between a full cycle or shared cycle donation, keep in mind that it ultimately comes down to how much money you have available for the process.
Full cycles have the highest chances of success but are more expensive and still have the risk of failure. A shared cycle is more affordable, but the risks of failure are greater due to fewer eggs in the cycle.
If you want to learn whether a shared cycle is right for you, our expert team at YourEggs can help you choose. Contact us today or book an appointment online to begin your IVF journey.