Getting Schooled in Embryo Adoption

Since school is starting back up again, we thought it would be a great time to do a refresher course on the basics of embryo adoption! Got your #2 pencil and college ruled paper ready to go? Let's begin!

1. Embryo donation and embryo adoption are two different processes.

Embryo donation programs, typically through a clinic or self-match website, provide potential embryo recipients with very little information on the couple donating the embryos. While the recipient couple would receive information on the embryos themselves, most of these placements are anonymous in nature. There is usually no way to receive additional information or communication from the donating couple once the match is solidified and a baby is born.

By contrast, embryo adoption programs, typically through an adoption agency, use the best practices of adoption for the placement of the embryos. These programs allow both parties to share as much information with one another as they wish. The processes are child-centric, and the agency provides education and resources to both parties.

2. Embryo adoption is more affordable than most other family building methods.

A single in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, cycle can range from $12,000 to $15,000. The added cost of medication would be an extra $3,000 to $5,000. If the use of an egg or sperm donor is needed, the cost will increase as well. Donor sperm is relatively inexpensive at $300 to $1,500 per donation, while egg donation can add $10,000 to $50,000 to the cost of the ICF cycle.

Traditional forms of adoption (either domestic or international) can be just as expensive as IVF. Domestic adoption can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000, and international adoption can cost $25,000 to $45,000. Depending on the agency, embryo adoption can cost $10,000 to $17,500, which includes the cost of a frozen embryo transfer.

3. There are frozen embryos available NOW

It is estimated that there are over one million embryos frozen in storage in the United States. Conservatively, Americans spend $120,000,000 per year to store their embryos.

Think about it: If there are around one million embryos frozen, and average a family has 5 embryos in storage, there are about 200,000 families with frozen embryos. At about $600 per year, costs for embryo storage in the United States would be around $120,000,000!

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