Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that lines the uterus instead grows on the outside of the uterus. This can cause painful periods, cramping, and unfortunately, infertility.

When the tissue grows on the outside of the uterus (where it should not), it creates a barrier that can block fallopian tubes. Endometriosis has also been shown to have an effect on egg quality, according to John Petrozza, Chief of the Division of Reproductive Medicine and IVF at Massachusetts General Hospital. This can make getting pregnant naturally incredibly difficult, as well as alter your chances of pregnancy success with IVF. At this point, many women may turn to getting an egg donor. However, factoring in the cost of an egg donor on top of the rounds of IVF, including the medication and cost of transfer, it is not the most cost-effective method of family building…

Endometriosis affects roughly 190 million, or 10%, of women of reproductive age. The odds are that you know a woman who struggles with this condition, or perhaps you suffer from it yourself.

What many women struggling with endometriosis do not know is that there is another option available to them: embryo adoption! In this unique form of family building, families can adopt embryos from those who created embryos via IVF, decided that their family was complete, and has decided to donate their remaining embryos to others struggling to build their family. These embryos have already proven successful since these donors have already added children to their home from these same set of embryos!

This may lead some couples to be confused. “If I cannot conceive naturally, why would embryo adoption work for me?” The fact of the matter is that even though you may not be able to get pregnant naturally, it does not mean that your body is unable to carry a pregnancy. Through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, many women with endometriosis diagnoses have been able to get pregnant with their adopted children, and give birth to healthy babies.

While an infertility diagnosis caused by endometriosis may seem like your dreams of pregnancy are over, it does not have to be with embryo adoption. You get to experience all of the joys of pregnancy and growing your family through this beautiful form of adoption simply nine months earlier than ‘normal’.

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