FAQs

How do I get started?

Step 1

Great question. The first step in your process is an easy one—a free phone consult with a member of our Donor Egg Bank Team. We will answer any questions you have and help you determine if a donation cycle using the Donor Egg Bank is the right option for you. If it is, you will begin the donor matching process. We have assisted over two thousand couples in matching and cycling with a donor.

To schedule your free consult, please call 206.515.0094.

Step 2

Schedule an ART Screen (Assisted Reproductive Technology Screen) with a Reproductive Endocrinologist of your choice. This can be done by phone or in person at our Pacific NW Fertility offices in Seattle.

What is an ART Screen?

A three-hour visit to Pacific NW Fertility, where you'll meet with our team to talk about your fertility goals and options. If your ART Screen needs to be done by phone, we will schedule phone consults with the following members of the Donor Team for you, at your convenience.

You and your partner will be meeting or talking with:

  • Physician, one of our four highly qualified Reproductive Endocrinologists, to discuss the entire medical procedure and specifics to your success
  • Donor Egg Bank Director, Stephanie Frickleton, to discuss options, donor selection and matching
  • Donor Program RN Coordinator
  • Patient Financial Counselor to discuss costs, insurance, and payment

To schedule your ART Screen, please call 206.515.0094.

Step 3

Complete your diagnostic and pre-cycle testing requirements.

Step 4

Confirm your donor selection and begin your donation cycle!

How long will the process take?

Once you have had your ART Screen and completed your testing, the lab will take approximately four weeks to create quality embryos. This is followed by approximately 6 weeks for medication protocols before embryo transfer. Remember these are averages.  Extra time may be required. 

How does Pacific NW Fertility select donors for the Donor Egg Bank?

We've created our own Donor Selection and Screening Process designed to gather only the best candidates from around the Seattle area. You can be sure your donor has met the following qualifications and testing:

  • Ages 21–29
  • Excellent general health
  • Normal weight range
  • Non-smoker
  • College student, college graduate, or training beyond high school

Genetic Testing

Every donor undergoes Counsyl Genetic Testing to determine whether or not they are a carrier for certain genetic diseases. More information can be found on the Counsyl web site: www.counsyl.com

Intensive Medical Screening

Each donor undergoes a detailed physical by Pacific NW Fertility provider and complete ovarian function testing.

Psychological Evaluation

Donors have participated in written and face-to-face sessions, including a life stress test evaluation. As part of our evaluation, our team assesses that the donor is articulate, honest, and shows emotional maturity.

FDA Compliant Infectious Disease Screening and Labs

Donors have also been screened to make sure they are free from these infectious diseases:

  • HIV 1 and 2 Antibody Screen
  • HIV NAT
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • Hepatitis B Core Total Antibody
  • Hepatitis C Virus Antibody
  • Hepatitis C Virus NAT
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea

Zika Virus Screening


Background Check

Are there any restrictions on who can participate in a Donor Egg Bank cycle at Pacific NW Fertility?

Yes, and that's a good thing. Our goal is to give patients the best opportunity to have a baby. We're not in the business of raising false hopes or taking fees from those with little chance of becoming pregnant through the donor egg bank.

Patients who are not candidates for the donor egg bank:

  • Patients needing PGD or PGS
  • Recipients over the age of 50
  • Patients with a male partner who has severely abnormal sperm