Embryo Quality: Does It Matter?

There are a variety of methods used by medical professionals to grade frozen human embryos, to project the likelihood of pregnancy success. This often includes preimplantation genetic diagnostic (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) testing.

However, research has shown that these tests are not always accurate. Even lower quality embryos, when thawed and transferred, may result in healthy babies just as higher quality embryos do.

According to World Magazine, “Over the last few years, a handful of physicians in the United States and Europe have reported that embryos deemed abnormal by early tests could still grow into normal pregnancies—and they have the healthy babies to prove it. That means physicians have thrown away perhaps tens of thousands of embryos deemed abnormal that could have been healthy.”

There are embryos in frozen storage at this time who are not being used for family building purposes because they are deemed “low quality,” “poor quality,” or “incompatible with life.” Though these embryos could result in perfectly healthy children! They just need to be given a chance at life.

To hear personal stories from families who took the chance of life with lower quality embryos, you can watch our webinar Personal Stories: Snowflakes Beating the Odds.

To learn more about embryo adoption and donation, visit EmbryoAdoption.org.