What is an embryo donation?
Embryo donation is a type of fertility treatment. It is used to help couples to conceive with the other family’s embryos which donated by couples who have successfully had their baby or babies from IVF and want to help other infertile patients. It is a procedure that enables embryos that were created by couples undergoing fertility treatment to be transferred to infertile patients in order to achieve a pregnancy.
Indications for embryo donation
Indications for embryo donation include untreatable infertility that involves both partners, untreatable infertility in a single woman, recurrent pregnancy loss thought to be related to embryonic factors, and genetic disorders affecting one or both partners.
How might embryo donation benefit us?
Embryo donation may be suitable if
- You have the history of infertility treatments with repetitive poor quality of eggs and sperm resulting in poor embryo quality.
- You and your partner are the carrier of genetic disorder and you need to avoid it.
The process of embryo donation
The process of embryo donation requires that the recipient couple undergo the appropriate medical and psychological screening recommended for all gamete donor cycles. In addition, the female partner undergoes an evaluation of her uterine cavity and then her endometrium is prepared with estrogen and progesterone in anticipation of an embryo transfer.
Pregnancy following embryo donation depends on the quality of the embryos that were frozen, the age of the woman who provided the eggs, and the number of embryos transferred. There are no national statistics on the pregnancy rate with embryo donation due to the limited number of embryo donation cases nationwide.