The Logistics of Shipping Frozen Embryos

There are people all over the United States with remaining embryos in frozen storage. They will not be using them for their own family building purposes. Some of them may use one of the many social media platforms or online databases to “self-match” with a recipient family. Self-matching definitely sounds like an easy thing. Here is one aspect of self-matching you may be contemplating:

How hard can it be to ship frozen embryos from one location to another?

Honestly, it is pretty complicated.
  • What types of FDA required documentation or testing is required to allow you to donate your embryos or receive donated embryos?
  • Who will coordinate and pay for the testing?
  • Will the donor’s clinic share the embryology report and other pertinent paperwork of the embryos with your clinic and the embryologists?
  • Did the donor’s clinic use freezing/storage methods that are accepted by your clinic?
  • Where will you get the appropriate shipping container and how do you know it will be charged correctly with liquid nitrogen in order to keep the embryos frozen on their journey?

And this just scratches the surface.

When you choose an adoption agency, like the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, they take care of all these details for you! Their years of experience means they have tried and true processes in place, and they know how to navigate the difficulties that arise when it comes to shipping frozen embryos. Working with an adoption agency will take the stress off of your shoulders, so you do not have to worry about all of the logistics, paperwork, and coordination.

All of this is done on your behalf, so you do not have to figure it out on your own.

To start your research on different embryo adoption agencies, including Snowflakes, you can view our embryo adoption agency matrix. To learn more about embryo adoption and donation, visit EmbryoAdoption.org.