If you have decided that you are going to pursue embryo adoption, one of the first steps you will need to do is to be cleared to carry a pregnancy.

The embryo adoption program or clinic donation program will need to know that your doctor has examined you and has determined that you are able to carry a pregnancy. Even those with PCOS, endometriosis, and varying other infertility causes are still able to carry a pregnancy (as long as their doctor has given them the okay)!

Your doctor will want to ensure you have no medical reason which could lower your chances for a successful frozen embryo transfer (FET). A saline sonogram (SHG) is a transvaginal sonogram used to ensure the uterus is free of any polyps/fibroids that would inhibit the attachment of an embryo.

Before the FET occurs, your fertility doctor may also want to conduct a trail transfer (TT) – the passage of an embryo catheter to measure the depth of the uterus and to identify any passings that may be more challenging.

The following labs may also be done (which can then be used with your OB during pregnancy):
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • Hepatitis C Antibody
  • Syphilis (RPR)
  • HIV 1/2
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • ABO Rh
  • Genital Culture and Gram Stain
  • Chlamydia/GC (urine)

Thank you to Linda at Poma Fertility for the information used to write this blog! To get started on your embryo adoption journey, check out embryoadoption.org.