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.