Shared Hope™ - Shared Egg Donor Program

Donor Nexus offers an innovative shared egg donor program, called the Shared Hope™ Fresh Egg Donor Cycle. A shared egg donor cycle is a cycle where more than one couple is matched to an egg donor, which helps reduce the cost of IVF using donor eggs without compromising success rates. Our Shared Hope Fresh Egg Donor Cycle is an excellent option for all intended parents who are searching for an effective and affordable egg donation program.

What is a Shared Egg Donor Program?

Shared egg donation (also referred to as egg sharing, split egg donor cycle, or tag along egg donor cycle) is the process of matching one egg donor with two or more recipient parties. In most cases, egg donors produce more eggs than needed for one recipient. The average number of eggs retrieved in one cycle is 24, with 21 being mature, usable eggs. We have found that 6 mature eggs give intended parents a success rate of almost 80%. Therefore, one egg donor cycle can provide more than enough eggs for two and sometimes three families.

Shared Hope™ Program Overview

With the shared fresh cycle our goal is to get you at least six (6) fresh eggs suitable for fertilization, from which we plan to have at least two (2) viable embryos for implantation/transfer/freeze on Day 5 before PGT-A testing, if completed.

There are two (2) categories of donors to choose from:

First time donors ($28,500.00 USD)*

Previous donors ($30,100.00 USD)*

*Exact cycle price depends on egg donor compensation and location

Shared Hope™ Cycle Guarantees

The shared egg donor cycle guarantees at least two suitable embryos for transfer or freeze on Day 5. Individuals or couples that on rare occasion do not receive the agreed upon allocation of eggs or do not have two suitable embryos for transfer/freeze receive a full or partial refund if a viable pregnancy does not occur.

Cycle Guarantees are as follows:

It’s rare, but if you don’t get at least 6 eggs, and you get fewer than 2 embryos, and your cycle doesn’t result in a positive pregnancy… refunds are as follows:

$5,000 refunded if only 5 eggs were injected
$8,000 refunded if only 4 eggs were injected
$11,000 refunded if only 3 eggs were injected
$14,000 refunded if only 2 eggs were injected
$17,000 refunded if only 1 egg was injected
$20,000 refunded if no eggs were injected

Also, if you get at least 6 eggs but you end up with fewer than 2 embryos, and your cycle doesn’t result in a positive pregnancy… options are as follows:

$11,000 credited toward a future treatment with Donor Nexus, or
$5,000 refunded if you elect not to continue with Donor Nexus

Included in the Shared Hope™ Fresh Egg Donor Cycle:

» Donor compensation and reimbursement
» All donor prescreen tests
» Donor medications
» Donor legal counsel
» Establishment of escrow account to hold and release funds to donor
» All donor medical care including all cycle monitoring
» Donor temporary medical insurance to cover any complications
» Donor egg retrieval
» Anesthesia for donor egg retrieval
» Fertilization of donor eggs with ICSI
» Culture of embryos
» Embryo transfer
» Recipient monitoring ultrasounds and blood tests done at HRC Fertility
» Recipient’s initial blood pregnancy test if done at HRC Fertility

NOT Included in the Shared Hope™ Fresh Egg Donor Cycle:

» Recipient pre-testing
» Recipient medications
» Freezing and storage of embryos not transferred
» PGT-A genetic testing on embryos
» Frozen embryo transfer cycle(s) if necessary

Additional Options

Skype Meeting with Egg Donor

We offer in-person or Skype meetings for you to get to know the egg donor prior to confirming the match, as long as the egg donor agrees to the meeting. To facilitate the meeting, we will collect a non-refundable $500, which will be put toward our cycle fees if you move forward with our agency.

Putting an Egg Donor on Hold

If you would like to “hold” an egg donor for one week, you can do so by paying a $500 non-refundable hold fee. If you elect to move forward with the cycle, the $500 will be put towards your agency fee.

IVF Egg Sharing Requirements


For Intended Parents:

We partner exclusively with HRC Fertility in Newport Beach, California for all of our fresh shared egg donor cycles. HRC Fertility facilitates the IVF cycle coordination for the egg donor and for multiple sets of intended parents. In order to participate in a Shared Hope Fresh Egg Donor Cycle, we do require that the patient transitions care to HRC Fertility to provide the greatest success rate.

For Egg Donors:

Donor Nexus only allows an egg donor to participate in a shared cycle if they either have either 1.) previously completed an egg donor cycle and retrieved a healthy amount of eggs, or 2.) have completed ovarian reserve testing that demonstrates they will produce enough eggs.

Shared vs. Traditional Egg Donation

In a traditional one-on-one fresh donor egg cycle, one couple selects an egg donor and takes on all the cost of the egg donor’s screening, medications, legal fees, travel and other related medical expenses. The result often leaves the couple with many frozen embryos that they may never use. Also, the couple assumes all the financial risk for screen failures and dropped cycles. With Donor Nexus’ Shared Hope Fresh Egg Donor Cycle, recipient patients receive 6 fresh eggs suitable for fertilization. Donor Nexus assumes all cost and risk for donor screen failures and dropped cycles.

Typically, the shared egg donor program is an excellent solution for a couple or individual who is only planning on having one or two children through egg donation.

How Does the Shared Egg Donor Program Work?

In a typical case, Donor Nexus will usually have two recipient patients matched to an egg donor. On occasion, there may be three recipients matched to an egg donor. The typical case results in about twenty-one viable eggs. Six eggs will be assigned to each couple, leaving some eggs unassigned. The assigned eggs will be fertilized with the designated sperm and the resulting embryos grown out and transferred into the prospective mother (or gestational carrier if Mom is unable to carry a pregnancy). The couple may freeze any left over embryos for later use or donate embryos. The unassigned eggs will be frozen and placed in the Donor Nexus egg bank and made available to future couples. The recipients linked onto the fresh cycle also have the ability to secure additional unassigned eggs on the day of the donor’s egg retrieval.

Shared Egg Donor Cycle FAQ

What is Shared Hope™?

Shared Hope™ is our shared egg donor program. A shared egg donor cycle, commonly referred to as a split egg donor cycle or a tag along egg donor cycle, is a cycle where more than one couple is matched to an egg donor. This allows the cost of IVF with donor eggs to be reduced by half while still providing the prospective parents with a success rate with the fresh transfer of over 80%. In a traditional egg donor cycle, one couple selects an egg donor and takes on all the cost of the donor’s screening, medications, legal fees, travel and other related medical expenses. The result often leaves the couple with many unneeded embryos, left over embryos that they will never use. The couple also assumes all the financial risk for screen failures and dropped cycles.

How many eggs do I get?

With Shared Hope™, intended parents receive 6 fresh, mature eggs that can be injected with sperm. Donor Nexus assumes all cost and risk for donor screen failures and dropped cycles.

What else do I get?

The Shared Hope Fresh Egg Donor Cycle includes:

  • Donor Compensation and Reimbursement
  • All donor prescreen tests
  • Donor medications
  • Donor legal counsel
  • Establishment of escrow account to hold and release funds to donor
  • All donor medical care including all cycle monitoring
  • Donor temporary medical insurance to cover any complications
  • Donor egg retrieval
  • Anesthesia for donor egg retrieval
  • Fertilization of donor eggs with ICSI
  • Culture of embryos
  • Embryo transfer
  • Recipient monitoring ultrasounds and blood tests done at HRC Fertility
  • Recipient’s initial blood pregnancy test if done at HRC Fertility

What guarantees do I have?

With the shared fresh cycle our goal is to get you at least six (6) fresh eggs suitable for fertilization, from which we plan to have at least two (2) viable embryos for implantation/transfer/freeze on Day 5 before PGT-A testing, if completed.

Cycle Guarantees are as follows:
It’s rare, but if you don’t get at least 6 eggs, and you get fewer than 2 embryos, and your cycle doesn’t result in a positive pregnancy… refunds are as follows:

  • $5,000 refunded if only 5 eggs were injected
  • $8,000 refunded if only 4 eggs were injected
  • $11,000 refunded if only 3 eggs were injected
  • $14,000 refunded if only 2 eggs were injected
  • $17,000 refunded if only 1 egg was injected
  • $20,000 refunded if no eggs were injected

Also, if you get at least 6 eggs but you end up with fewer than 2 embryos, and your cycle doesn’t result in a positive pregnancy… options are as follows:

  • $11,000 credited toward a future treatment with Donor Nexus, or
  • $5,000 refunded if you elect not to continue with Donor Nexus

What happens to leftover eggs and embryos?

Intended parents may freeze any of their left over embryos for later use. The unassigned eggs will be frozen and placed in the Donor Nexus Egg Bank and made available to other intended parents.

What does it mean when an egg donor’s status says ‘Matched- Waiting for Additional Recipient’?

This means that the egg donor has been selected by an intended parent and has begun her prescreening tests. We are now looking for an additional intended parent to link to the cycle.

How does it work if I choose an egg donor who lives out of state?

If an egg donor lives out of town from your fertility clinic, there are additional travel expenses. These travel expenses are paid by the intended parent to cover the costs of the egg donors’ local monitoring appointments, the egg donors’ flight(s) and her companion’s flight to Newport Beach and the hotel stay for the egg retrieval. Any unused travel expenses will be reimbursed to the intended parent(s). *In the event that the egg donor’s retrieval is delayed, Donor Nexus may need to collect additional funds to cover the cost of the extended hotel stay, change of flight fees, etc.

Many intended parents are worried their egg donor will not retrieve enough eggs for a shared cycle. On average how many eggs does a donor retrieve?

The average number of eggs retrieved from an egg donor participating in a shared cycle is 25. Of the 25 eggs, on average, 21 are mature. Donor Nexus only allows an egg donor to participate in a shared cycle if they either have 1. previously completed an egg donor cycle and retrieved a healthy amount of eggs or 2. have completed ovarian reserve testing that demonstrates they will produce enough eggs. If there is a possibility that the egg donor will not retrieve enough eggs and a match has already been confirmed, Donor Nexus will limit the number of intended parents linked to the shared cycle. Please note, Donor Nexus does not match more than 3 intended parents to any shared cycle, unless authorized by the IVF physician.

When will my doctor and/or nurse coordinator be notified of the match?

Once we receive your preliminary forms, completed contract and first installment of funds, we will send your doctor and nurse coordinator an official match sheet. The egg donor is officially matched only once we have received these 3 items.

Achieve Your Dreams of Parenthood

Patients travel from around the world to participate in the Donor Nexus Shared Egg Donor Program in California. The IVF egg sharing process offers an affordable and effective solution for intended parent(s) seeking to grow their families using donor eggs. If you are interested in the Donor Nexus Shared Hope Program, you can register today to receive free and instant access to our egg donor database. Once you are registered, you can filter the database search results to display egg donors who are participating in the Shared Hope Cycle. Once you have chosen an egg donor or narrowed your search, contact our team to get started. If you have any additional questions, we are always here to help!

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