Frozen Donor Eggs Are Making Dreams Come True

I am seeing more and more Intended Parents who are using frozen donor eggs. I’ll be writing a blog post soon about the pros and cons of using frozen donor eggs.

In the meantime, here’s a good story about successes with frozen donor eggs through Boston IVF and Donor Egg Bank USA.  It’s called A Family for the Holidays:  Woman Becomes Mother Through Frozen Donor Egg.


A Family for the Holidays: Woman Becomes Mother Through Frozen Donor Egg

Holly Dickey Enjoys First Holiday Season With Her Daughter After a Long Journey Through Infertility and Successful Pregnancy With Donor Egg Bank USA  and Boston IVF

BOSTON, Dec. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holly Dickey knew she wanted to be a mother at age 26. At age 40 she decided to become a single mother, but no fertility treatments resulted in pregnancy. After meeting the love of her life, they decided to build a family together. Holly experienced four pregnancies, three times by in vitro fertilization and once naturally, but all ended in miscarriage.

After learning about frozen donor egg, Holly gave fertility treatment one last try. Working with Dr. Brian Berger at Boston IVF, Holly combined frozen donor eggs from Donor Egg Bank USA with her partner’s sperm, and transferred two embryos to her uterus. Nine months later she had the baby of her dreams at age 47. Ashley, now seven months old, brings Holly joy each and every day.

“Everything about her is so wonderful,” explains Holly. “She is the light of my life. She makes every minute worth living.”

Heidi Hayes, CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA, had a similar journey to motherhood. Over the course of four years, she completed a combination of nine IVF and frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles. After Heidi and her husband tried donor egg, she became pregnant on the first try with twins.

Donor Egg Bank USA is a national frozen donor egg bank who has partnered with Boston IVF. Donor Egg Bank USA is currently partnered with more than 150 of the leading fertility specialists in the country.

“I was confident that Holly would achieve her dream of parenthood using frozen donor eggs,” explains reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Brian Berger with Boston IVF. “By using frozen donor eggs, Holly was able to pursue treatment at a lower cost and start her treatment cycle more quickly.”

While a traditional (fresh) donor egg IVF cycle can cost $25,000-$45,000, a frozen donor egg IVF Single Cycle is half the cost.

Patients can obtain frozen donor eggs and complete an IVF cycle in as little as one to three months from the time the egg donor is selected. The traditional fresh donation process can take three to six months. In the past, working with a (fresh) egg donor was the only option for patients unable to produce their own viable eggs.

Patients have access to a national donor database of young women with a range of characteristics such as physical traits, ethnicity, education level and more.

Patients using frozen eggs from Donor Egg Bank USA are offered two options, a Single Cycle and a refund guarantee through the 100% Assured Refund Plan if the delivery of a baby is not achieved.

Boston IVF
Boston IVF is a leading center for cutting-edge reproductive technologies and exceptional patient care. With more than 30,000 babies born since 1986 and 12 locations throughout New England, Boston IVF is considered one of America’s most experienced fertility centers. Boston IVF is committed to caring for each patient as an individual, offering the highest quality of personalized care. Boston IVF is a national leader in research. All Boston IVF physicians are on staff at Harvard Medical School. For more information, see or call 888-300-2483.

Donor Egg Bank USA is a frozen donor egg program developed through the collaboration of more than 150 of the country’s top reproductive specialists and available at more than 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Donor Egg Bank USA offers immediate access to a broad donor egg pool and uses advanced freezing technology to produce success rates similar to traditional (fresh) donor egg programs. Using frozen eggs from Donor Egg Bank USA requires less time than a fresh donor egg cycle (1-3 months versus 3-6 months in a traditional cycle), and is more affordable. Donor Egg Bank USA offers the financial security of a 100% Assured Refund Plan™ if a couple does not deliver a baby. Donor Egg Bank USA offers frozen egg fertility options to couples nationally and across the globe. For more information:, 855-344-2265.



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New Study: IVF Conception Doesn’t Seem to Raise Kids’ Cancer Risk

And a big thank you to MDLinx (11/8/2013).  There’s good new for parents of children conceived through IVF:

IVF Conception Doesn’t Seem to Raise Kids’ Cancer Risk  HealthDay 11/08/2013

British researchers followed more than 100,000 children for 17 years. In a reassuring new finding, there appears to be no extra cancer risk among children born after assisted conception. More than 5 million children worldwide have been born through in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, concerns that the manipulation of sperm and egg might make these children more prone to cancer prompted the British researchers to investigate. However, the risk to IVF–conceived children was found to be “the same as naturally conceived children,” said lead researcher Dr. Alastair Sutcliffe, a specialist in general pediatrics at the University College London. “This is a promising sign for their future health as they grow into adult life,” he said. “This study, which is bigger than all the existing studies, has a powerful and reassuring message to families, fertility specialists and the public,” Sutcliffe added. “Namely that in a near 100 percent coverage of 106,000 children conceived with IVF, the rate of childhood cancer was almost identical to that of the naturally conceived children over the same time frame.” Although the overall risk of cancer did not rise for these children, the incidence of two less common types of cancer was higher than expected. A U.S expert was pleased with the findings, which were published Nov. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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