Quoting Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em):" Thought this would be a good question to ask about egg donation. I am really hoping that someone has ... [snip!] ... I stop breastfeeding which would be closer to the end of the year if we decide to go this route. Any advice would be great!"
My little sister donated her eggs to me. It's the kind of gift you can give your sister for which there will never be compensation, and you will forever have changed her life for the better.
I don't think there's a way for them to tell if a woman is down to zero eggs, just if she is in ovarian failure. But even just diminished ovarian reserve (more than zero eggs) can make a woman quite infertile.
As for price, for us it was the following: ~$800 for all the testing and consultation for my sister (I had already undergone all the testing, as will have your sister), ~$2,000 for the meds (I used ivfmeds.com - totally worth it and saved about another $2,000), $6,000 for my sister's cycle monitoring and egg retrieval, and $1,500 for my monitoring and transfer. We had family friends who were able to do the legal contract and psych eval for us but that's about another $1,000-$2,000. And it should be about $500 for cryopreservation if you have some embryos left over to freeze. So in total you're looking at about $12,000 bare minimum
. We definitely did whatever we could to cut costs and my RE's prices are very competitive.
It's definitely not cheaper to use donated eggs though because of all the other costs associated with 3rd party reproduction. They only place it would be cheaper is with meds, as you would likely need a lot less meds to stim you than your sister.
I'm pretty familiar with the process and am happy to answer any questions you might have.