What does it take to donate my leftover embryos?

When a couple decides that they have completed their family through in vitro fertilization, they’ll face an important decision about what to do with their remaining embryos. Many families decide that embryo donation is the right choice for them, and offer their donor embryos to couples who are struggling with infertility and want to have a baby of their own. If you think this could be the right choice for your family as well, familiarize yourself with some of the requirements for donor embryos:

  • You can donate embryos created from donor sperm or egg. This will be dictated by the specifics of the original contract, and an embryo adoption agency can help you determine if the embryo donation is allowed.
  • You can donate any number of remaining embryos. Even if you only have one remaining embryo, it can be donated and given to an adopting family.
  • You can donate embryos that have not been deemed “good quality” by the embryologist. This rule may vary from agency to agency, but many children are born healthy and happy from embryos of less-than-perfect quality.
When making the decision to donate your embryos, finding the right agency or clinic to work with is key. Make sure that their requirements match your needs, and that you are comfortable with the way they handle the donating and subsequent adoption. Do you get to help choose the family? Do they provide affordable storage while waiting for an adoptive family? Will they take the number and quality of embryos you have available? There are many different clinics you can choose to donate your embryos to for adoption, so make sure you find one which you like and makes you feel comfortable.
If you’d like to learn more about donor embryo requirements or find an agency or clinic near you, visit www.embryoadoption.org.
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