If you have been paying attention to the latest trends in adoption and infertility options, then you’ve probably heard plenty about Embryo Donation and Adoption.

This unique alternative allows couples to “adopt” embryos that were created by another couple through the process of In Vitro Fertilization. The process is handled by many organizations just like a traditional adoption – with the same legal, social and medical safeguards in place.

But what may not be quite as clear to you is why families would choose this option. There are many reasons, but let’s take a look at five of the more common ones:

1. Infertility
According to the American Fertility Association, one in seven couples in the U.S. will face some form of infertility. Many of these couples begin researching their many fertility options.

These options may include In Vitro Fertilization, Intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg donation or fertility medicine. However, Embryo Donation and Adoption is typically less expensive than these treatments, and allows a couple to avoid creating even more excess embryos through their own IVF procedure.

2. The desire to experience pregnancy
Some couples have decided infertility treatments are not for them. These couples may pursue adoption – whether it be domestic, international or through foster care.

But many couples are finding out that there is one other type of adoption available to them – Embryo Adoption. This not only gives the couple the same type of process as traditional adoption but also allows them to experience pregnancy and give birth to their adopted child.

3. Concern for Embryos
For many couples, embryos are viewed not just as human tissue, but as potential human lives. These couples may view Embryo Adoption as an opportunity to give embryos remaining from other families’ IVF cycles a chance at life.

Today there are an estimated 500,000 frozen embryos in storage in the U.S. alone.

4. Fear of passing on Genetic Diseases
Although a lesser known segment of the population, there are those couples who carry a genetic disease that they are fearful of passing on to their offspring. For these couples, Embryo Adoption enables them to build a family and experience pregnancy without this risk.

5. Gives adopter control over prenatal period
As opposed to traditional adoption, where couples adopt a child following birth, Embryo Adoption affords an adoptive couple the ability to control the prenatal environment of their adopted child. Not only is this a unique bonding experience for the parents, but also allows them to do everything in their control to ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons why families would pursue this option. What are some of the reasons people you know have chosen Embryo Donation and Adoption?

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