Many countries have a maximum pregnancy quota per donor, which limits the number of pregnancies or families a particular donor may be used for in a certain country. This is called a pregnancy quota. In order to ensure that these limits are not exceeded, Cryos operates with Quota Reservations, which you can learn more about here.
What is Quota Reservation?
Quota Reservation is a way of ensuring that the limit of pregnancies achieved by the same donor is not exceeded. In countries operating with national quotas, a limited number of Quota Reservations are available. With a Quota Reservation, you are ensured a pregnancy slot within the national limit. In some countries you need to purchase a quota per family, whilst other countries require you to purchase a quota for each child or per woman. Please contact our Customer Care Team for more information about the quota requirements in your treatment country.
NB: Having a Quota Reservation is not a guarantee that frozen eggs from your selected donor will be available in the future. That is why we recommend that you also consider making a reservation of donor eggs for later use if you want to be able to use the same donor for future siblings.
How do I know if I need a Quota Reservation?
If a Quota Reservation is required in your treatment country, and you order donor eggs from a Cryos donor, your order will automatically include a Quota Reservation. The Quota Reservation will then appear on your order summary during checkout. If a Quota Reservation is not required in your treatment country, you will not be able to purchase a Quota Reservation.
Price and use of Quota Reservations
When you purchase a Quota Reservation at Cryos, we will request a fee. This is, however, fully refundable within the first three years. The purpose of the fee is to incentivize our customers to terminate the Quota Reservation if it is no longer needed, as this will make it possible for other families to use donor eggs from this donor instead.
The Quota Reservation price depends on your country and the ID Release status of the donor. You can see a list of our donor egg prices here.
Use your Quota Reservation to register your pregnancy
Hopefully your fertility treatment will be successful and result in a pregnancy. In this case, it is important that you register your pregnancy with Cryos online. When you do this, your Quota Reservation will become permanent, and your pregnancy will count as one of the permitted pregnancies within the national limit for this donor.
Termination and refund of Quota Reservations
If you do not become pregnant and decide to try with another egg donor instead, you will no longer need your Quota Reservation for the first donor. In this case you can terminate your Quota Reservation.
Quota Reservations that are terminated within a period of 3 years from the date of purchase can be fully refunded if you did not obtain a pregnancy with the donor and have no more eggs or embryos left on storage for future treatments. If you do not register a pregnancy or terminate your Quota Reservation within this three-year period, the Quota Reservation will remain yours, but you will no longer be able to get a refund.
When the refund expiration date approaches, we will notify you by email to remind you to either terminate your Quota Reservation if you no longer need it or to register a pregnancy, if you have achieved a pregnancy with the donor but forgot to let Cryos know.
You can see your purchased Quota Reservations and the refund expiration date by logging in to your Cryos account and visit the section Quotas. From there, you can also terminate a Quota Reservation and request a refund or purchase a new Quota Reservation if needed.