When you decide to build your family with donor eggs, you’re forced to contend with a lot of unknowns. You may be asking yourself questions like, “what if she doesn’t pass her screening,” or “what if the cycle doesn’t yield any healthy embryos?”
These concerns are compounded by the fact that any fertility treatment comes with a hefty price tag. We know that IVF and egg donation are huge expenses for families because we’ve been there. While we can’t promise perfection, we have devised the most parent-friendly guarantee on the market. We hope this brings you peace of mind and shows you how committed we are to helping you build your family.
Cofertility’s baby guarantee
While some agencies require you to pay extra to guarantee a set number of embryos, Cofertility’s baby guarantee is built into our one-time $7,000 coordination fee. We want to help you bring your baby home, and we’ll re-match you for free until that happens.
What does this mean? If the donor doesn’t clear her screening… we’ll rematch you. If the cycle doesn’t lead to any blastocysts… we’ll rematch you. If none of the blastocysts turn into a pregnancy… we’ll rematch you.
In short, if at any point along your egg donation journey, something comes up that prevents you from bringing your baby home, we’ll re-match you for free or we’ll offer you a full or partial refund if you do not move forward with another donor.
The nitty gritty
When you find a potential match, you’ll put down a $500 deposit that places a five day hold on the match. During this time, we’ll help you share the donor’s information with your doctor for review. If your doctor gives you the green light to move forward, this will be credited towards our coordination fee. If, for any reason, your doctor does not approve the donor, this deposit can be refunded.
Then when you decide to move forward, you’ll sign a formal agreement with Cofertility and pay for phase 1, which encompasses the Cofertility coordination fee. This fee comes with our baby guarantee.
The guarantee is further outlined in your contract, but covers the following:
- The donor does not pass her initial screening, whether due to her AMH being too low, failing a genetic screen or psychological evaluation, or just generally not passing your doctor’s donor criteria
- The egg retrieval fails or is canceled, which includes your doctor canceling the round, no mature eggs retrieved, or even you backing out
- No pregnancy is achieved, all the way from the eggs failing to fertilize through to no embryos transferring or no pregnancies making it to a live birth
If you’re using a gestational carrier, this guarantee will also extend to her as applicable (e.g., the embryo transfer).
Importantly, any medical or cycle-related fees paid or scheduled for payment (e.g., the donor’s genetic screening, donor’s travel to clinic) are not refundable.
Why we don’t guarantee a number of eggs
Cofertility’s model allows women to freeze their eggs for free when they donate half of the eggs retrieved to your family. You don’t pay any cash compensation, but you also only receive a portion of the eggs retrieved in that cycle.
Some guarantee programs are based on a specific number of eggs retrieved or embryos created. Ultimately, the number of eggs that you’ll need depends on you and your family-planning goals. For some, one cycle may yield enough eggs to grow the family of your dreams. Others may be interested in completing a second cycle, either with the same or a different donor.
Because of this, we wanted to rightsize our guarantee to fit all family-building plans. In other words, we don’t think it’s right for you to pay extra to guarantee four embryos if you only want to have one child.
At Cofertility, the average number of mature eggs a family receives and fertilizes is 12. Some intended parents want to do two egg retrievals with the donor which is definitely possible. We also ask each of our donors whether they are open to a second cycle as part of the initial application — many report that they are!
Summing up our commitment to you
Building your family through donor eggs should be a beautiful experience, but that doesn’t mean that it will come without stressors. While we can’t control every outcome, we’ve worked hard to ensure that our guarantee protects you through every twist and turn. If you have any questions about our pricing or guarantee, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Lauren is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cofertility. She previously founded Uber Health, where under her leadership, the business helped millions of patients get the care they need. Her own fertility journey gave her immediate clarity that she wanted to build something meaningful in reproductive health.
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