Block explains that costs for egg donations without insurance can run anywhere from $12,000-$15,000 per cycle. "There is also a donor compensation fee of $7,000 and all parents need to meet with an attorney (usually about $700)."
Block recommends that when you're looking for egg donation and surrogacy centers try to get a referral from a friend or physician. "Ask the center about their pregnancy statistics and find out how open they are," adds Block. "Ask them what happens when cycles are bad."
Dr. Rapisarda, a reproductive endocrinologist with Fertility Centers of Illinois, agrees, encouraging hopeful parents to inquire about a fertility specialty center's full range of services. "Do they provide a whole gamut of fertility options? Are they current and on the cutting edge? How available is the clinic for services – is there treatment on weekends?" And finally, "What is their IVF success rate?"
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