Embryo Donations

Written by Will Baum
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Embryo donations are something many people may not even know exist. But those who have been through in vitro fertilization remember what it was like to struggle to have a child. At the end of that process, frozen embryos are still in storage. Those frozen embryos can be used by others. Making embryo donations to parents who cannot otherwise conceive takes the generosity that comes from remembering one's own difficulties.

The Embryo Donations Process

Making the decision to donate a frozen embryo is just step one. As with anything surrounding parenting and birth, there will be forms to fill out, medical information to provide, and even possibly some testing. For some, part of the process is deciding which family will be receiving your donation. Some people like to have contact with the family, others stay behind the scenes.

Embryos do not all survive the rough ride of being frozen and thawed. The chance of pregnancy from a donated embryo is between 20-25 percent. This may seem small, but it is the best chance many couples have of experiencing pregnancy for themselves. Legal procedures are well developed for embryo and egg donors as well as for surrogacy. Donors relinquish parental rights in a carefully drawn series of legal documents.

Embryos in storage have a limited life span. Some prefer to know that their embryos are getting a chance to grow into children, regardless of who the parents are. It is a highly personal choice that should be not be rushed into. If you are considering embryo donations, look for professionals to help walk you through the process and make it a pleasant one for all involved.


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