What is Embryo Donation ?
Embryo donation is seen as an alternative route to pregnancy. It helps couples that would otherwise be unable to conceive, carry a pregnancy to term. A relatively new procedure, embryo donation involves using another couple's embryos in order to conceive. These donated embryos are then transferred into your uterus using frozen embryo transfer. Embryo donation is chosen by many couples who are unable to afford conventional reproductive treatments or who have been unsuccessful with IVF treatments
Types of Embryo Donation
There are two types of embryo donation : -
- Frozen Embryo Donation : - Frozen embryo donation involves using frozen embryos donated by another infertile couple. Many couples go through IVF treatments in order to get pregnant. Typically, 12 embryos are created for each IVF treatment. Yet, only three of these embryos are ever implanted. Many couples choose to donate their remaining frozen embryos to couples who are having trouble conceiving.
- Embryo Creation : - Embryo creation involves using a donated egg and a donated sperm to create an embryo. This embryo will not be biologically related to you. The resulting embryo is then transferred into your uterus.
Typical success rates with embryo donation range from about 20% to 30% per transfer. However, success rates will fluctuate depending upon the quality of the embryo that is being used.
Who Can Benefit From Embryo Donation ?
Embryo donation can be of great benefit to couples facing specific fertility problems. Embryo donation is commonly used when both partners are experiencing fertility issues.
Embryo donation is often pursued by couples experiencing problems with : -
- Egg production and ovulation
- Sperm count and production
Embryo donation can also be used by couples who : -
- Can't afford or can't pursue adoption
- Can't afford more expensive fertility treatments
- Have been unsuccessful with other forms of ART
- Are at high risk of passing down genetic disorders but cannot pursue PGD
Why Pursue Embryo Donation ?
There are a number of benefits to turning to embryo donation in order to conceive : -
- Embryo donation is usually less expensive than other ART procedures.
- It is less complicated and expensive than adoption.
- Embryo donation can help you to become pregnant and give birth within one year.
Drawbacks to Embryo Donation
Embryo donation should never be undertaken lightly as there are some drawbacks associated with the procedure. Primarily, success rates of embryo donation tend to be lower than those associated with egg donation.
This is because embryos are : -
- Frozen for long periods of time before they are donated (embryo freezing compromises the quality of the embryo)
- Thawed before being transferred (not all embryos will survive this thawing process)
- Taken from infertile couples (they may not be of the best quality)
How Do You Find an Embryo Donor ?
Embryo donation is typically offered by fertility clinics and agencies specializing in the field. Email us your detailed query and current medical status of the couple.
You will be telephonically contacted by a counselor who will help you to find a suitable donor from list of registered donors in India. At times, Embryos can be matched to your religious, cultural, or spiritual background. Embryo donation is normally anonymous, although it is sometimes performed on an open basis.
Is Embryo Donation Safe ?
Embryo donation is an extremely safe procedure, with all embryos undergoing proper diagnostic screening prior to transfer. All donated embryos are frozen and quarantined for six months. They are also tested for infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis. Genetic testing is also performed on all donated embryos to reduce the chances of genetic diseases or chromosomal defects.
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