Endometriosis & Embryo Adoption

March in Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a common condition affecting an estimated 2 to 10% of women in the United States of childbearing age. Endometriosis (or ‘endo’ for short) is coined from the word "endometrium," which is the tissue which lines the uterus. If a woman has endo, this tissue is displaced and grows outside of the uterus, causing swelling, severe abdominal pain and bleeding. Eventually, the body will build up scar tissue on the damaged organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, etc.). This resulting scar tissue can cause infertility—in fact, it is the number one cause of infertility for women.

Many women wonder if they will be a good candidate for embryo adoption due to their diagnosis.

In short: The answer is YES!

Through embryo adoption, families who have remaining embryos from their past IVF cycles can give those embryos to another family who may be struggling to conceive. Even if the adoptive mother has been diagnosed with endo. As long as the adoptive mother obtains a letter from a doctor stating she has no contraindications to pregnancy, there should be no issue with her starting the embryo adoption journey.

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