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Donor egg FAQ

Vitrification is a method of rapid-freezing.  Eggs (oocytes) frozen by vitrification have been shown to have a higher survival rate after thawing compared to slower freezing methods.
You can see the most current pregnancy rates for Fairfax Egg Bank and NWCryobank on their websites:

Studies of large U.S. fertility clinics with donor egg programs have determined that the use of vitrified eggs, when compared to fresh donor eggs, also result in shorter wait times to treatment and fewer cycle cancellations.
Sources:
1. http://tinyurl.com/cost-effective-egg
2. http://tinyurl.com/egg-pregnancy-success
CAN-AM is a Canadian importer of donor sperm and eggs from several U.S. and international cryobanks. Our egg banks include: Fairfax Egg Bank, NWCryobank, Cryos Egg Bank and First Egg Bank, while our sperm banks include Cryogenic Laboratories, Fairfax Cryobank, and Seattle Sperm Bank. Our facility is inspected annually by Health Canada and we maintain the highest standards of regulatory compliance.
Donor sperm and eggs distributed by CAN-AM are compliant with donor screening and testing requirements of the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as well as Canadian requirements for donors of reproductive tissue. Donors of eggs distributed by CAN-AM are screened by Fairfax Egg Bank and NW Cryobank for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Donor profiles are viewable from our catalogue. We also provide a link to access each bank's website for additional donor information, photos and other items available directly from the donor bank.
Generally, open-identity donor programs offered by sperm and egg banks ("Open-ID", "Identity Options", "Identity Disclosure") allow the offspring of a donor to receive the donor’s name and last-known contact information from the sperm or egg bank once they reach the age of 18. Alternatively, the bank may instead attempt to contact the donor on behalf of the offspring without directly revealing the identifying information to the offspring. Donor-conceived children are free to decide whether they want to receive this information about the donor, and whether or not to follow up on it. Information about the client using the donor sperm or eggs, or about the resulting offspring, is never revealed to the donor.

The specific conditions of open-identity programs vary between the banks, and you may need to register your child's birth to participate (see "How do I report a pregnancy?"). Please contact the bank directly for more information.
Fairfax Egg Bank's Guarantee* is included in the purchase price and offers a replacement set of 6 eggs if you do not achieve one of these two results in your treatment (using all 6 eggs):
 
  1. at least one of the thawed eggs are fertilized and reach the appropriate benchmark of embryonic development for transfer; OR
  2. clinical pregnancy after transfer of fewer than one embryo which reached the appropriate benchmark

*Conditions apply to this Guarantee.  Please visit Fairfax Egg Bank's website for full details.
CAN-AM offers donor selection consultations at our locations in Hamilton, ON , and Montreal. During your consultation, you can view photos (where available) and extended donor information to help you narrow down your donor choices. Please call or email to book an appointment.
Each bank maintains its own register of pregnancies and/or births. Registration can make it easier for the bank to contact you in the case of an important update in the donor's medical information, and may be required for participation in donor identity-release programs. Please visit the donor bank's website for details.
Each bank provides updates to donors' medical information where available. They may contact you directly, or you may access this information directly on their website.

Donor egg ordering FAQ

Click the Order Now button on the donor catalogue next to your chosen donor to submit your request. We recommend that you select your donor at least 3 weeks in advance of treatment. If you require additional assistance completing your order, please contact us at 1-888-245-3471 or at info@canamcryo.com.
Fairfax Egg Bank and NW Cryobank Egg Bank each require that several agreement forms are completed at the time of order. Once CAN-AM confirms the availabilty of your donor, you may download the required forms available on the Donor Eggs Forms page. Please send the completed, signed forms to CAN-AM by mail, fax or by scanning them and emailing them to info@canamcryo.com
In order to ensure that you receive your eggs in advance of treatment, we recommend that you place your order request at least 3 weeks in advance. Payment must be received prior to shipment.
Payment can be made by bank draft, wire transfer, e-transfer, or by debit card (made in person at our Hamilton location). We do not accept credit card transactions for donor egg and egg guarantee purchases. Payment must be completed prior to shipment.