Embryo donation allows parents to carry a pregnancy and give birth to a child who will be theirs, though genetically unrelated. Here’s what you should know.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments often result in the creation of extra embryos. If more embryos are produced for and by a couple than they will be able to use, the extra embryos are frozen for future use. If frozen embryos remain after a couple’s family is complete, they have three options — to donate the embryos to research, to donate them to other infertile couples, or to thaw and discard the embryos.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 35 percent of frozen embryo transfers result in live births. The chance of achieving a single birth is 26 percent. (The CDC cites slightly higher success rates for fresh embryo transfers.)
Before the search for embryo donation begins, intended parents need time to process their disappointment about not having their own biological child…