It’s been more than 40 years since the first successful IVF procedure. In the last four decades, the medical technology surrounding this ground-breaking fertility treatment means couples typically need fewer embryos to complete their families. Transfer protocols have changed, as well, meaning clinics like ours are doing more single-embryo transfers to prevent the risks associated with multiples. While these advancements and techniques mean the success rates of IVF are increasing, it’s also resulting in more families needed to decide what they want to do with their remaining embryos.
What Are Your Options For Remaining Frozen Embryos?
- Keep them in frozen storage indefinitely.
- Allow the facility to thaw and dispose them.
- Give the embryos to research.
- Donate them to another couple
Each option has pros and cons, and you’ll need to decide which is the right option for your family. Some families find it useful to attend a few sessions with a fertility counselor to determine what they wish to do with their remaining embryos. We don’t require donors to do this, but we can recommend a fertility counselor in your area if this interests you.
Who Can Donate Embryos?
In most cases, anyone with embryos frozen at IVFMD can donate them to IVFMD for adoption by another person. However, if the woman was at age 35 or older when the embryos were created, her embryos can only be donated if they were tested by PGT for chromosomal abnormalities.
How To Donate Your Remaining Embryos
Embryo donation allows you to pass along a gift that could help someone else build their family. If this is something you’d like to do with your remaining embryos, get in touch with our team. We can provide you with the support and information that you need to make this important decision.
Embryo Donation for Recipients
Embryo donation offers hopeful couples and individuals another chance to build a family when IVF and IUI options have failed. Couples who have completed their IVF journey can donate their remaining frozen embryos. A waiting recipient then chooses them. Our medical team then transfers the embryo into the receiving mother’s uterus, hoping that it will implant and develop into a healthy pregnancy. This allows the recipient to experience pregnancy and birth in their family-building journey, even if they cannot conceive.
How Does Embryo Donation Work?
You will be able to choose the embryos you wish to use. The donating couple’s identity will remain anonymous, although you’ll receive information on their medical history and genetic backgrounds. You’ll also get information on the genetic screening information on the embryos themselves if these are available.
Once you choose, our team will work with you to prepare the potential mother’s uterus to receive the embryos in the hope of having successful implantation. The potential mother will need to be healthy to maximize the chance of a healthy pregnancy and delivery. IVFMD also requires that all recipients attend psychological counseling before the embryo transfer.
How Successful Are Transfers Of Donated Embryos?
Fertility medicine continues to advance, and these delicate procedures are increasingly successful. However, there is no guarantee that the transferred embryo will develop into a healthy pregnancy. Factors such as these will influence the success of the transfer:
- Age of the donating woman when the embryos were created
- The health of the recipient’s uterus
- Whether the embryo had been tested for chromosomal abnormalities by PGT
- Visual grade of the embryo if it was not tested by PGT
- The freezing technology used (vitrification or fast freeze method gives higher implantation rates than the slow freeze method)
- The number of embryos transferred.
We carefully manage the frozen embryo transfer cycle and take all precautions to maximize the recipient’s chance of success. This is a procedure that may work even if other family-building methods have failed. You can speak to our fertility specialist to discuss the potential success of this procedure in your case.
What Is The Cost Of A Donated Embryo Cycle?
The overall cost of embryo donation is a fraction of the cost of a typical round of IVF. That can be welcome news for couples who have been through several unsuccessful rounds of IVF. It’s important to know that you don’t pay for the embryos themselves. Instead, you will pay for the administrative fee of the embryo-recipient matching process and the frozen embryo transfer cycle itself.
Our team will go over our up-front pricing plan with you to understand all the costs associated with the embryo transfer. We work with most major insurance carriers, too. IVFMD believes in the mission of helping people attain their dreams of parenthood, so we try to keep costs low so more people can access our service. Get in touch with our team to learn more about potential savings and payment options for your fertility treatment.
Ready to Learn More About Embryo Donation?
Whether you are an embryo donor or a potential recipient, the IVFMD team will be here to walk you through each step of the process. We provide thoughtful patient care that focuses on your goal of becoming a parent along with your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Our team is on hand to answer questions, address concerns, and help you find the best potential path to parenthood. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our embryo donation program and whether it may be the right option for your family.