Aspiring Parent FAQs
Working with an egg donor bank as part of your fertility journey can feel overwhelming. MyEggBank is here to answer your questions at every step down the pathway to parenthood. We’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions we get from aspiring parents about egg donation, and you can contact us at any time to learn more.
The primary difference between synchronous donation, sometimes referred to as “fresh” donation, and asynchronous donation, sometimes referred to as “frozen” donation, is the time at which the donor egg is fertilized. With synchronous cycles, the donor egg is fertilized immediately after retrieval, and with asynchronous cycles, the donor egg is cryogenically preserved and fertilized when you are ready to create embryos.
MyEggBank’s screening processes meet or exceed FDA and ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) guidelines. In addition to basic health requirements, our donors provide a thorough medical history, educational and work history, and undergo clinical assessments for physical and mental health. All our donors also receive medical testing for reproductive and sexual health, as well as genetic testing.
MyEggBank has the largest egg donor database in North America, full of rigorously screened, racially and ethnically diverse egg donors. Once you create an account with us, you’ll get full access to search that database by a variety of filters, and even “favorite” the donors you prefer. Once you’ve selected an available egg donor, you’ll work with your donor coordinator to determine the best match for your family based on which type of donation cycle you prefer and other personal criteria.
MyEggBank provides a complete genetics profile for each donor. This report details the donor’s medical information as well as a three-generation family history as elicited from a board-certified genetic counselor. If the genetic counselor believes that the medical or family history may increase the risk of certain conditions above general population risk, this information will be specified in the genetic profile.
Based on the genetic testing results of the sperm source or the egg donor, our genetic counselor will advise what additional genetic testing may be recommended. MEB will attempt to schedule that additional testing with our donors.
Residual risk means that there is always a small chance that an egg donor could carry a genetic mutation not detected by genetic testing. You will be informed of residual risk by the MEB genetic report and your clinical team along with your egg donor’s genetic testing results.