Infertility can impact individuals of any ethnicity, as can the high costs of infertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Lower income families of all races can find the high costs of creating a family daunting. In this short video from the National Embryo Donation Center, Dr. Gerald Mulvaney proposes that the costs of infertility treatments may be a major factor as to why there is a very limited number of African American, Hispanic, Asian and even multi-ethnic embryos available.

Mulvaney says, “How many black patients do you start off with? How many have a successful cycle? How many end up having excess embryos? That makes all the sense in the world… We have less people coming in to the system, so we have subsequently less embryos at the end point.”


African American, Hispanic, Asian and multi-ethnic families who have remaining embryos can with confidence offer their embryos an opportunity for what they were created for – Life! Their embryos will be desired by another family who may not have the finances to go through IVF themselves. Donating parents can also, through the assistance of an embryo adoption agency, choose the family and feel confident in the selection knowing that the family they have chosen has been properly vetted through the process of a home study.

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