Fertility Centers of Illinois and Donor Egg Bank USA Hit 1,000 Embryo Transfer Milestone

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Donor Egg Bank USA expands to work with 150 top reproductive endocrinologists at 95 locations in an effort to help couples become parents.

Dr. Brian Kaplan, Fertility Centers of Illinois

This is an important treatment option to consider for those who are unable to have a family using their own eggs.

Fertility Centers of Illinois, the premiere fertility center in the Chicagoland area and Donor Egg Bank USA, the largest frozen donor egg bank in the United States, have reached the milestone of more than 1,000 embryo transfers completed.

Fertility Centers of Illinois has partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA to provide frozen donor eggs as a treatment option for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs. Donor eggs provide the highest pregnancy rates of any fertility treatment. After a frozen donor egg is fertilized with sperm, the resulting embryo is transferred to the patient’s uterus. As a partner of Donor Egg Bank USA, Fertility Centers of Illinois offers local patients access to a national donor database.

Pregnancy success rates of frozen donor eggs are nearly equal to that of fresh donor eggs. Of the 1,000 transfers at Donor Egg Bank USA, 59 percent of women became pregnant and 44 percent continue to carry a pregnancy or have delivered a baby. Left over embryos not used in the original transfer increases a woman’s chances to achieve a live birth from a single egg lot to over 50 percent. Donor Egg Bank USA is the only frozen donor egg bank that provides pregnancy outcome data for all locations and every transfer.

“I have worked with many couples who were able to have a family because of frozen donor egg,” explains Dr. Brian Kaplan of Fertility Centers of Illinois. “This is an important treatment option to consider for those who are unable to have a family using their own eggs.”

“With donor egg offering the highest pregnancy rates of any fertility treatment, this is an important option for couples to have," says Heidi Hayes, CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA. "We’re honored to partner with Fertility Centers of Illinois to make this option available to local couples."

In addition to Fertility Centers of Illinois, Donor Egg Bank USA is partnered with 28 leading partner practices at 95 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

While a traditional (fresh) donor egg IVF cycle can cost $25,000-$38,000, a frozen donor egg IVF cycle is half the cost. Couples can obtain frozen donor eggs immediately and complete an IVF cycle in as little as one to two months. With a (fresh) egg donor the entire process can range from four to nine months.

The national donor database offers a wide range of characteristics such as physical traits, ethnicity, education level and more. All donors in the database have completed their donation cycle and have frozen eggs ready for selection.

Donor Egg Bank USA is the only frozen donor egg network to offer the 100% Assured Refund Plan™ Program which guarantees a full refund if a couple does not deliver a baby after six cycles.

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Fertility Centers of Illinois is one of the leading fertility treatment practices in the United States, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 11 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI is dedicated to medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest technologies and research. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Warrenville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs. For more information visit http://www.fcionline.com

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 95 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 4-6 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: http://www.donoreggbankusa.com, 855-344-2265.

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