Donor Eggs: Making Parenthood Possible.

It can feel like a door is closed
when you learn that your eggs
might not be viable. Our hope is that
once you hear about the success of
our donor egg program and all the families that have been lovingly created with the help of egg donors, we can show you what a real and viable solution donor eggs can be.

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World Class Outcomes & Exceptional Clinical Care

NYU Langone Fertility Center has lovingly welcomed over 1,600 babies born with the assistance of donor eggs. Whether you choose to pursue a fresh egg donation or a frozen donor egg cycle, you're in good hands with our team of internationally recognized physicians and laboratorians.

The Biggest Selection of Donor Eggs

In addition to our in-house Egg Donor Program, NYU Langone Fertility Center has partnered with both MyEggBank and Fairfax EggBank to provide our patients with access to the largest frozen donor egg networks in the world. All egg donors (fresh or frozen) must meet FDA compliance standards, and are required to undergo thorough medical, psychological, and genetic screening processes.

Dedicated Team

We understand that the decision to build your family with the help of an egg donor is both an emotional and a medical journey. At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we maintain the highest level of discretion and support for both patients and donors. Our dedicated in-house Donor Egg and Third Party Reproduction team assists patients, locally and internationally, with the selection of the right egg donor for each family.

Donor Eggs: Making Parenthood Possible.

It can feel like a door is closed
when you learn that your eggs
might not be viable. Our hope is that
once you hear about the success of
our donor egg program and all the families that have been lovingly created with the help of egg donors, we can show you what a real and viable solution donor eggs can be.

World Class Outcomes & Exceptional Clinical Care

NYU Langone Fertility Center has lovingly welcomed over 1,600 babies born with the assistance of donor eggs. Whether you choose to pursue a fresh egg donation or a frozen donor egg cycle, you're in good hands with our team of internationally recognized physicians and laboratorians.

The Biggest Selection of Donor Eggs

In addition to our in-house Egg Donor Program, NYU Langone Fertility Center has partnered with both MyEggBank and Fairfax EggBank to provide our patients with access to the largest frozen donor egg networks in the world. All egg donors (fresh or frozen) must meet FDA compliance standards, and are required to undergo thorough medical, psychological, and genetic screening processes.

Dedicated Team

We understand that the decision to build your family with the help of an egg donor is both an emotional and a medical journey. At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we maintain the highest level of discretion and support for both patients and donors. Our dedicated in-house Donor Egg and Third Party Reproduction team assists patients, locally and internationally, with the selection of the right egg donor for each family.

Love Makes a Family.

At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we are dedicated to helping individuals and couples achieve their dream of parenthood and have helped thousands of families grow with our innovative technology, extensive selection of donors, and compassionate care for each family. We would love to help you.

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Fresh or Frozen Egg Donors Available Now

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Babies Born from Previously Frozen Eggs

Benefits of Frozen Eggs

Treatment cycle: 6–8 weeks

When you select frozen donor eggs, you are able to choose from hundreds of donors who have already been through the ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval process. You may select frozen donor eggs from NYU Langone Fertility Center's in-house program, or from one of our partner egg bank networks: MyEggBank or Fairfax Egg Bank.

Once you select an egg donor, you will receive 6-8 frozen eggs, which will then be combined with sperm to create embryos. With frozen donor eggs, you can start a cycle right away, since you do not need to be synchronized with your egg donor. This provides more flexibility for planning your cycle. Typically, a frozen donor egg cycle can be completed and you can proceed with an embryo transfer within 6 to 8 weeks.


Estimated cost: $19,615+

Donor risk

Frozen eggs currently available. No scheduling or stimulation risk for recipients.

Delivery rates

Current data indicates pregnancy rates using frozen donor eggs are comparable to a fresh egg donor cycle.

Benefits of Fresh Eggs

Treatment cycle: 3–6 months

When you select fresh donor eggs, you experience the cycle simultaneously with the donor. Once you select an egg donor from the NYU Egg Donor Program, donor and recipient are synchronized and undergo treatment at the same time. This process may take a few months, subject to donor and recipient availability.

Once the donor undergoes egg retrieval, all available eggs will be fertilized to create embryos. A single embryo can be transferred to the recipient immediately ("fresh embryo transfer"), or frozen for embryo biopsy (to perform PGT-A or PGT-M testing) and future frozen embryo transfer ("FET"). Typically, a fresh donor egg cycle can be completed and you can proceed with an embryo transfer within 3 to 4 months.


Estimated cost: $40,000+

Donor risk

Risk that donor’s schedule may interfere with cycle timing, small risk for poor donor stimulation or donor cancellation.

Delivery rates

Current data indicates pregnancy rates using fresh donor eggs are comparable to a frozen egg donor cycle.

Courses of Care

The question is not “If.” It’s “How.”

  • Choosing an Egg Donor
  • Frozen Donor Eggs
  • Fresh Donor Eggs
  • Embryo Cryopreservation
  • Donor Sperm
  • Donor Sperm Insemination
  • Surrogacy & Gestational Carriers
  • Donor Egg & Third Party Reproduction Team

Choosing an Egg Donor

We understand that the decision to build your family with the help of an egg donor is both an emotional and a medical journey. At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we maintain the highest level of discretion and support for both patients and donors. Our dedicated in-house Donor Egg team assists patients, locally and internationally, with the selection of the right egg donor for each family.

When it comes to donor egg services, you have options. In a “fresh egg donation cycle,” a pre-screened and approved egg donor is stimulated here at NYU Langone Fertility Center. Once the egg retrieval procedure is complete, the donor eggs are immediately fertilized with sperm from the intended parent or sperm donor.

This is different from a “frozen egg donation cycle,” where frozen eggs from a pre-screened, approved egg donor are thawed at NYU Langone Fertility Center, then fertilized with sperm from the intended parent or sperm donor. In a frozen egg donation cycle, the frozen eggs may be from a donor stimulated here at NYU Langone Fertility Center, or from a donor available through one of our egg bank partners: MyEggBank or Fairfax Egg Bank.

Whether your choose to pursue a fresh or frozen egg donation cycle, our Donor Egg team will work with you to identify the best fit for your family. We provide our patients with detailed information about each donor, including the medical, social, and family history, results of the donor’s psychological and genetic screenings, and donor photographs. Our donors are from all ethnicities, with varying physical characteristics, educational backgrounds and creative talents.

Frozen Donor Eggs

Frozen donor eggs offer advantages with regard to ease of scheduling, speed in completing a cycle, and cost (approximately 50% lower than a fresh egg donation cycle).

With frozen donor eggs, you can start a cycle right away. That’s because when you use frozen donor eggs, you don’t need to synchronize your cycle with the donor. You can complete treatment within 6 to 8 weeks, compared with 3 to 6 months for a fresh cycle.

With technology that’s available today, frozen donor egg pregnancy success rates are comparable to those achieved with fresh donor eggs.

NYU Langone Fertility Center has partnered with both MyEggBank and Fairfax Egg Bank to provide our patients with access to the largest frozen donor egg networks in the world.

Fresh Donor Eggs

We are proud to offer our patients the opportunity to select a donor through the NYU Egg Donor Program for a synchronous fresh egg donation cycle. Fresh donor egg cycles often offer advantages with regard to the number of eggs available for embryo creation, which can be particularly impactful for families with a strong desire to create multiple embryos for PGT-A or PGT-M testing, or for those seeking to build a family with multiple genetic sibling(s) from the same egg donor.

To learn more about coordinating a fresh egg donation cycle through the NYU Egg Donor Program, please contact our Donor Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas, via phone at 212-263-0011 or via email at Alyssa.Vargas@nyulangone.org.

Embryo Cryopreservation

Whether you pursue a fresh or a frozen egg donation, you will have the option to cryopreserve ("freeze") any embryos created during your cycle. You may wish to freeze embryos to enable biopsy for PGT-A or PGT-M testing for chromosomal abnormalities, or you may simply need to freeze additional embryos created during your cycle for future single embryo transfer during a subsequent cycle.

The cryopreservation of embryos begins with “vitrification” or “freezing.” Vitrification is an ultra-rapid freezing process performed in our embryology laboratory, wherein the embryo is rapidly cooled to subzero temperatures. This rapid cooling process prevents the formation of ice crystals, which can cause cell damage.

The process of vitrification has three critical components. First, embryos are exposed to high concentrations of cryoprotectants to allow rapid dehydration of cells. Second, the eggs or embryos are loaded into tiny storage devices (usually straws) that will facilitate ultra-rapid cooling. Third, the straws containing the eggs/embryos are cooled as fast as possible, typically at thousands of degrees per minute.

In practice, this means that eggs and embryos are vitrified very quickly in the laboratory. A typical embryo vitrification protocol is complete in about 10 minutes. Embryos are removed from the incubator in the laboratory and exposed to an equilibration solution for 8 minutes to begin the dehydration process. After 8 minutes in equilibration solution, the embryos are moved into a vitrification solution for 60 seconds. Then, they are quickly loaded into straws and plunged into liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196°C. The tiny straw will cool from room temperature (about 25°C) to -196°C in two to three seconds, giving a cooling rate of 4420-6630°C per minute.

This high cooling rate, combined with the use of of cryoprotectants, allows the contents of the straw (embryos plus surrounding fluid) to turn into a glass-like substance instead of ice. Avoiding ice formation in this way successfully protects the embryos from damage and allows them to be warmed later, delivering embryo survival rates consistently above 90%.

When our patients return to use their vitrified embryos, the vitrification procedure described above is reversed to allow warming back to room temperature for rehydration. The procedure "warms" the tissue in just 20 minutes, and it is placed back in the incubator at 37°C in the laboratory. Embryos can be transferred back to the uterus immediately.

Donor Sperm

Sperm donors may be known or anonymous. The type of donor one chooses is a highly personal decision, and will depend on any number of factors. Regardless of the type of donor chosen, various considerations and requirements apply. Options for building your family with help from donor sperm may include:

Using a Known Donor

Some patients may choose to ask a friend, relative, or other acquaintance to donate sperm. Because this option may raise sensitive questions and decisions in regards to parenting, a number of actions are required prior to receiving a sperm donation:

Counseling. NYU Langone Fertility Center requires that both parties involved in a known donation attend at least one session of counseling with our onsite psychologist, who is familiar with the issues that may arise in this type of arrangement.

Sperm Donor and Intended Parent Legal Agreement. Prior to insemination, the patient and donor must create a valid and notarized legal agreement or contract outlining parenting rights and responsibilities.

Using an Anonymous Donor

Patients who choose to use an anonymous sperm donor obtain frozen samples from licensed sperm banks, which must be located in the United States. NYU Langone Fertility Center does not own or operate a sperm bank, however our Donor Egg & Third Party Reproduction team will be happy to assist you in finding this resource.

Sperm banks can vary widely with regard to donor information, identity, ethnicity and medical history; as well as in the number of available donors. Most banks do not provide a picture of donors. Some sperm banks may have a provision for allowing future contact (release of identification) between adult donor sperm offspring and the donor. Some may allow identification in the case of a medical need.

Certified sperm banks must meet specific requirements for donor screening. In order to virtually eliminate the risk of disease transmission, sperm is quarantined. In this process, the donor is tested for infectious disease. Donated sperm is then frozen and held at the sperm bank for six months. The donor is re-tested for infectious diseases before sperm is provided to clinics and patients. Our patients may choose most any certified sperm bank. Patients are responsible for selecting the given donor and paying the sperm bank directly for the sperm and shipping.

Donor Sperm Insemination

Donor insemination (DI) is the process of inseminating a woman with sperm obtained from a known or anonymous donor. The procedure is often performed in natural cycles without the use of any fertility medications. However, fertility medication may be recommended for women in their late 30’s or older, and/or for those who have been unsuccessful with donor insemination in natural cycles, in order to increase the number of eggs for possible fertilization.

If insemination with donor sperm is unsuccessful, or if there are other fertility factors that indicate the need, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor sperm may be performed.

Surrogacy & Gestational Carriers

If you are unable to carry a pregnancy for any reason, the NYU Langone Fertility Center can work with you to identify a gestational surrogate to carry your baby.

A gestational surrogate is a woman who agrees to become pregnant by receiving an embryo transfer from an individual or couple who created an embryo using their own gametes ("autologous IVF"), donor eggs, donor sperm, or some combination of autologous and donor tissue.

Prior to any embryo transfer into a gestational surrogate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates extensive screening for both the sperm and egg source, involving a questionnaire, physical exam, and blood tests. The gestational surrogate must also pass a physical and psychological examination.

To learn more about coordinating a gestational surrogacy cycle, please contact our Third Party Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas, via phone via phone at 212-263-0011 or via email at Alyssa.Vargas@nyulangone.org.

Donor Egg & Third Party Reproduction Team

At NYU Langone Fertility Center, your care team will include your physician, our Donor Egg & Third Party Reproduction specialists, an onsite psychologist, and nurses, coordinators, medical and administrative assistants, all of whom are here to help you navigate every step of your journey to parenthood using donor eggs and/or sperm.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Fino is the Director of the Donor Egg/Third Party Reproduction at NYU Langone Fertility Center.
  • Our dedicated team of Donor Egg support specialists includes:
      • Andria Besser, Genetic Counselor
      • Aleksandra Kostyra, RN, Donor Egg Program
      • Dr. Shelley S. Lee, PhD, Psychologist
      • Caroline McCaffrey, Lab Director
      • Nancy McGeoff, RN, Donor Egg Program
      • Jean Ann McKiernan, RN, Donor Egg Program
      • Dr. Mindy R. Schiffman, PhD, Psychologist
      • Alyssa Vargas, Donor Coordinator
      • Sylvia Wadowiec, Medical Secretary, Donor Gamete & Genetics
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NYULFC Donor Egg Recipient

When people find out about my children, they ask, ‘Did you have help? Are they natural?’

Of course they’re natural. I like the idea of destigmatizing the process behind helping people make families—every baby is natural.

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NYULFC Donor Recipient

My experience with NYU Langone Fertility Center was amazing.

We are thrilled to welcome our baby boy in November, and NYU Langone Fertility Center made that happen for us. How could we not sing its praises?

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NYULFC Donor Recipient

NYU Langone Fertility Center's egg bank is affordable and easy to use.

The online site is easy to navigate and browse the donors. I like the detailed bios on the donors—it helps to know their backgrounds, hobbies, and family.

Finances Won’t Stand in Your Way

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Donor Egg Program Fees


The self-pay fees for patients building their families with the use of donor eggs begin at $9,650. This does not include donor stimulation, donor compensation, or any agency fees.


NYU Langone Fertility Center is committed to helping you navigate all financial aspects of fertility treatment. We offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art infertility treatment at competitive rates, and our team works together with you to evaluate your payment options, including insurance coverage and/or patient financing programs to cover your care.


Visit our Fertility Financing page to learn more.

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