Cost-effectiveness of Altrui
With egg banks in the UK, patients going through fertility treatment tend to purchase a set number of eggs for treatment and often, other donor egg recipients will also receive some of the eggs from the donor. Unlike donor egg banks, the team at Altrui carefully matches one egg donor with an egg donor recipient and the recipient receives all of the donor’s eggs.
This process of receiving all the donor’s eggs has several benefits:
- Improves the chances of IVF success.
- Increases the likelihood of genetically-related siblings.
- It is often more cost-effective because remaining eggs can be used for future fertility treatment.
Research has shown that IVF cycles using fresh donor eggs have higher success rates than cycles using frozen donor eggs. One reason for this is that some frozen eggs do not survive the thawing process because eggs are so fragile (despite this being an advanced aspect of fertility treatment). Using fresh eggs to create embryos doesn’t require fragile eggs to freeze and thaw, rather, more robust embryos are frozen after the fresh eggs are fertilised.
Lisa* used Altrui egg donation for her fertility treatment and felt much more secure using fresh eggs than frozen donor eggs. As all the donor’s eggs are passed to one recipient, “you don’t have all your hope riding on this one little [egg] that you hope will become a baby,” she notes.
Depending on the number of donor eggs that fertilise, you may decide to freeze embryos for future fertility treatment, such as another attempt at IVF. At Altrui, 81% of donor egg recipients have blastocysts to freeze which bypasses the need to choose another egg donor in the future (saving you time and money). Another benefit of using donor eggs (not through a donor egg bank) is that it increases the chances of genetically-related siblings.