Embryo adoption is an exciting option for individuals and couples looking to create or build their family.
Advances in the quality and efficiency of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) have improved dramatically over the years. The relative success of these improvements have created a situation where IVF patients who have completed their families are left with remaining embryos they choose not to destroy.
Embryo adoption has emerged from this. IVF patients with remaining embryos can place their embryos for adoption with couples who have experienced failed infertility treatments. This win-win situation provides an opportunity for all parties, particularly as there is no cost for the embryos (other than a small storage fee), unlike fees associated with the use of donor eggs or donor sperm.
How does an embryo adoption work?
Patients wishing to adopt an embryo will need to complete an application with an embryo adoption agency. You’ll have the opportunity to detail your desires regarding the donor family and embryo. Intended parents can choose embryos based on limited information that may include age, race or physical characteristics. There may be a waiting list for embryo adoption as well, depending on the surplus of embryos at any given IVF center. Along with providing a less complicated regimen at a lower cost, embryo adoption can offer a 30-50% success rate based on embryo quality and other factors.