I did a fresh and frozen donor cycle with a friend. At the time, we got 9 eggs, 7 embies went to 3 day and 4 to blast. This was considered not bad, but not ideal, as clearly, neither the fresh nor the frozen worked and the whole cycle then failed. We have no frozens to work with. That was a year and a half, maybe 2 years ago.
I am starting over now and looking at donors. I am sort of freaking out as SO many of the proven donors have similar stats! The most I am seeing is 12 eggs retrieved, 6-8 embies, 2-5 blasts total.
I am planning to start with a new doc, and while he is not happy with the idea of stimming a donor to reach 40 eggs, he has told me, due to my history, that he will be seeking a donor for us with the past proven ability to give us more blasts to work with just in case things do not work with the fresh. I agree with him.
The doc I am moving on from (but I do respect), seems to feel that small egg production is fine, as long as there has been a pregnancy.
However, I am already an outlier in terms of failures, so I want as much room to cover my bases as possible -- I don't need 20 frozen embryos, but I want more than 1 or 2!
Are you seeing this trend of lower stims for donors? I do understand that you can hyperstim a donor to the point of producing poorer quality eggs...but doesn't this seem like it is trending too conservatively?
What are you ladies seeing out there with the donors you are looking at?