NW Cryobank offers one of the nation's largest selections of high quality egg donors featuring college educated donors from campuses throughout the Pacific Northwest. Due to our rigorous donor requirements, only about 5% of those that apply to become a donor will be selected.
NW Cryobank is registered with the CLIA (Department of Health and Human Services) and adheres to their strict laboratory standards. NW Cryobank is inspected at least once a year by the State of Washington and the State of Montana Health Departments. Registered with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), our donor standards meet or exceed those set forth by the FDA, and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Click here to view our licensing and accreditation.
The skilled staff at NW Cryobank has been selected due to their ability to provide our clients with piece of mind when it comes to dealing with fertility issues. In addition, the staff at NW Cryobank is highly experienced in screening donor candidates and optimizing specimen quality.
Founded in 1986, NW Cryobank has established themselves as one of the nation's leading cryobanks. With one of the nation's largest donor sperm catalogs and the introduction of our vitrified egg donor catalog, we look forward to continuing to serve our clients and helping them to achieve their dreams of having a family.
NW Cryobank has established stringent acceptable standards and our donors have been screened both medically and psychologically according to FDA requirements and ASRM recommendations, to assure that the eggs we provide are retrieved from healthy, educated donors. Our donors are thoroughly tested and only the healthiest, mature eggs are provided to our recipients. In addition, a comprehensive genetic testing panel has been performed on all egg donors. This same genetic testing panel can be made available to your partner to assure exceptional genetic compatibility.
As of June 2016 our vitrified donor eggs have produced the following results:
Survived Warming = 90.0%
Fertilized = 85.3%
Blasts = 52.8%
Pregnancy Rate (Clinical) = 44.8%*
Live Birth Rate = 43.7%*
*Approximately 15% of reported transfers were performed on an initial egg warm of 3 eggs rather than the standard 6 eggs thus resulting in lower percentages for pregnancy and live birth due to an increased number of transfers.
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For egg donors we offer the expanded profile free of charge. In order to view this, you will want to click on a donor number while in the donor catalog. After doing so, scroll down to the bottom of the short profile where you will see a blue button that states "View This Expanded Profile" to view this information.
Expanded donor profiles contain such information as; expanded family medical history and physical characteristics for 3 generations, expanded personal medical history, early childhood and teenage details and memories, religious preference, expanded educational information including GPA, SAT, and ACT when available, additional personal information such as exercise routines, personal interests and more detailed information regarding activities and abilities.
Are you looking for something specific in your donor; a certain ethnicity, hair, or eye color? Please take advantage of the "Narrow your Search" function located in the donor catalog. At the top of the page you will see a blue box which is clickable and will allow you to narrow your search in many different ways. Please caution that narrowing your search too much can significantly decrease the number of donors available in the donor catalog.
In most cases, when picking out a donor, the blood type of the donor is of little or no consequence, as long as your OB doctor is made aware of it. The blood type of the donor is important only when trying to make sure that the child's blood type would be compatible for the parents involved, or if there is some type of blood problem.
Every person has TWO genes that determine blood type. When a lab checks your blood type, the result does not always reflect BOTH of the genes because the "O" variant of the gene is "silent". Because of this the "O" is expressed in the blood type only when both genes are type "O". Human blood is classified, or typed, according to the presence or absence of certain markers (called antigens) on the surface of red blood cells.
In the table below, the first column shows all the possible combinations of the two blood type genes. The second column shows what the laboratory would report for the person's blood type. Notice that an O gene makes no contribution to the blood type.
AA genes -- lab says "type A"
AB genes -- lab says "type AB"
AO genes -- lab says "type A"
BA genes -- lab says "type AB"
BB genes -- lab says "type B"
BO genes -- lab says "type B"
OA genes -- lab says "type A"
OB genes -- lab says "type B"
OO genes -- lab says "type O"
Please click here for more information on this topic: https://www.nwcryobank.com/donor-blood-type-information/
NW Cryobank is pleased to provide our photo matching service. When choosing a potential donor, likeness to a particular individual can be important. Whether you want a donor who resembles you, your partner, or even someone famous, we are here to help.
First, it is necessary to complete our online registration. This way we will have a file in which to keep the results for later reference. Because the majority of our donors are in their early to mid twenties, it is preferred the photographs you provide are also of individuals in that same age range. We are unable to perform photo matches on children under the age of 18.
In order to provide the closest match possible, please provide two color photographs of the person you wish us to match. The first photo should be a full face close up, while the second photograph should be a close up facial profile. Please take care to provide photos without hat or glasses and hair off the face and ears. Avoid photos with shadows. Providing good quality photos improves our ability to provide you with the highest quality match. This is especially important when matching complexion. Please email photos to: email@example.com.
There are 2 ways to approach your photo match. You can ask that we perform a match against our entire donor catalog. Or, you can preselect a group of donors to whom you would like a match performed. If you wish to preselect a group of donors for matching, please include that list with your request.
Performing a photo match is a very delicate procedure which takes considerable effort to identify matches in facial appearance. Consequently, there are some traits we consider and some we do not.
Traits considered as part of the photo match process:
Eye size, shape, and position
Nose size, shape and position
Ear size, shape and position
Traits not considered:
Hair color or type
We look forward to helping you find the donor you desire.
The family medical history documented on a donor's profile is self-reported by the donor based on his or her understanding of his medical history at the time the profile is completed. NW Cryobank has implemented enhanced screening measures for evaluation of our donor's family medical histories to help assess and reduce the risks of health problems in donor-conceived individuals. All donor applicant's medical histories are now evaluated in detail by a certified genetic counselor who reviews information reported by the donor and who conducts a genetic interview with each donor.
Even with our new practices, the risks for inherited disorders or birth defects in offspring cannot be eliminated. We strongly recommend that all recipients discuss their donor's family medical histories with their personal healthcare providers PRIOR TO using eggs or semen specimens from a donor so that they can be informed about the risks to their offspring based on the donor's family history and determine if use of that donor is right for their needs.
Genetic carrier screening is performed on all donor applicants. The specific tests performed on our donors has changed over time. Since January 2011, we have been performing carrier screening for the following disorders on all donor applicants:
Cystic fibrosis (CF)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
Tay Sachs/Hexosaminidase A deficiency
Sickle cell anemia
Fanconi anemia Type C
Mucolipidosis Type IV
Niemann Pick disease Type A
Donors who display the double helix icon on the donor catalog have been screened for and tested negative as a carrier for these disorders. Donors who entered the program prior to January 2011 do not have the helix icon and have not had screening for all of these conditions.
Donors with the double helix icon have also had carrier screening for an expanded carrier screening panel and some donors have positive test results for other disorders. These conditions are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner which means that offspring of these donors are not at risk to develop these conditions unless the other biological parent also carries a mutation for the same condition. PRIOR to selecting your donor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain specific information about the genetic screening performed on donors in which you are interested.
We strongly recommend that you review the full genetic test results for your donor with your healthcare providers PRIOR TO insemination or embryo transfer so that you have the opportunity to be informed about the risks associated with positive test results as well as the options available for additional genetic screening on yourself or your partner.
PLEASE NOTE: Genetic screening can reduce the risk for specific conditions tested but does not eliminate the risk for these conditions or for other untested conditions. There is a 3 to 4% chance that any child could be born with a birth defect, regardless of whether the child is conceived naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies. It is not possible to eliminate these risks or test for all of them before becoming pregnant.
Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals who can inform you about genetic risks and genetic testing information. They can help you make decisions about how much genetic testing, if any, is right for your family. You can locate a genetic counselor in your area at www.nsgc.org .
Donor identity can be extremely important to some clients, while of little or no concern to others. Some clients wish to know the identity of a donor and some would like the child to know the donor when the child becomes an adult, while others wish the donor to be as anonymous as possible. All of these positions are understandable and reasonable depending upon circumstances and the ability of the parties involved to understand and deal with the possible consequences of knowing or not knowing donor information. Identity may be known or unknown, but donor medical history is always available.
Donors are the other side of this equation. In order to recruit donors with the highest quality eggs, we seek younger women with our donor advertising. Most of our donors are college aged, and none are retrieved over the age of 30. Many donors have yet to find or marry spouses and or establish families of their own. As a donor in this age group, most have no idea how a future spouse, child, or other family member may react to the knowledge that the donor may have unknown children in the world produced through what the donor saw as her generous act of donation years ago. Many of our donors participate in the program because they have known someone with a fertility problem and some because it just seems like the generous thing to do. No donor can actually know what the implications of her participation can be to her family in the future, so the act of donation is indeed a very, very generous act, even with the monetary reward.
Just as our clients have many different positions on donor identity release, so do the donors themselves. Many donors want total anonymity, and indeed, many donors would not ever participate without this level of security. This option of anonymous participation, if unavailable, would shrink the donor selection pool very considerably. Other donors may be open to the idea of revealing their identity. Revealing ones identity to recipients can be very satisfying for both parties when reasonable demands for information are involved. Conversely, the situation can become very unsatisfactory if either party makes unwelcomed contact or demands from the other.
In order to protect all parties, the actual release of donor identity information is restricted by NW Cryobank to the children produced through the use of their donations once the children have reached legal age. This is currently termed "open donor", or "identity release" donor by many in the donor industry. Because a donors' personal situation will indeed change over the years, there can be changes in the donor's attitude and openness to future contact. In general, past experience has shown that many donors become more open to contact with children as they age and become more mature, established, and stable in their own lives. Of course there can be no guarantees that a donor will be available for contact 20 years into the future.
Open Donors: Donors listed as "open" have indicated that they would be open to some sort of communication with a donor conceived child once the child reaches age 18. That communication might be an exchange of a letter or email, phone interaction, or perhaps an in-person meeting. This reflects the wishes of the donor at the time she is actively donating. Our donors are between the ages of 20-30, which means a lot can happen over the next 20-25 years when a child may be interested in contact. The donor may have had a change of heart meaning she no longer wishes to have any type of contact. She may have moved around such that we are unable to locate her. In rare instances, she may have passed away. Please approach this criteria with caution when making your decision to utilize an "open donor", as many things can happen that might make communication at a later date difficult if not virtually impossible.
In order for a legal aged donor child to initiate possible contact with their donor, they must approach NW Cryobank with the donor ID number and other information that can be used to authenticate the request. We are not able to reveal information in client charts to third parties for any reason unless specifically authorized to do so, so we would be unable to refer to charts to reveal donor information once ordered by the recipient parents. NW Cryobank will at that time make a reasonable search for the donor, and if the donor is found, to then inform the donor of the contact. At that time the donor would have the option of reciprocation to that contact and to choose the level of contact that she is comfortable with at that time. If the donor can't be easily found, the donor produced child would have the option of paying for a more exhaustive professional search for donor contact information, but this search would not be guaranteed in any way and would still be run by NW Cryobank as the third party.
When a donor completes information for participation in our program, we ask the potential donor many questions regarding how she feels about releasing her information to recipients of her donations. These questions are meant to reveal the donors attitude towards future contact by recipients and the progeny produced through the use of her donations.
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