An option for a couples who have cryo-preserved (frozen) embryos and have completed their families, is to donate the embryos to another who has not yet been successful. TFC also accepts embryos created and stored at other fertility centers for donation.
If you wish to donate embryos, please contact Ann Collins, our Third Party Coordinator, to discuss accepting the embryos into our program for donation.
The available embryos have been anonymously donated to our program and are available on a first come first serve basis to individuals/couples without regard for race, gender, ethnicity, marital status, or sexual preference. The donors have completed infectious disease testing, psychological consultation, and a 90 day waiting period to fully consider their decision to donate the embryos. They have relinquished any claim to the embryos or any children that are born from the donation. Information about the donors is provided regarding: ancestry, personal and family physical characteristics, medical and health histories. Identities of the donors and recipients are kept confidential.
Availability of donated embryos varies greatly as the demand for embryos is greater than the available supply. If needed, we do keep a waiting list for individuals interested in obtaining donated embryos. For information or questions about the embryos currently available, please contact Ann Collins.
I am interested in donated embryos available at TFC, what I need to do next?
Please schedule an initial consultation to discuss the steps to accept donated embryos. Information about the available embryos will be reviewed as well.
What are the steps to accept donated embryos?
How is my uterus prepared for the donated embryos?
The woman takes a medication (Estrace or Estradiol Valerate) to stimulate the lining of the uterus to thicken. Before the embryos are thawed, an ultrasound assessment of the uterine lining is performed to ensure an adequate thickness is developing. Progesterone supplementation is also started before the embryo transfer to further ready the uterine lining for implantation. On the morning of the transfer, the designated number of embryos are thawed and monitored until the transfer. Approximately 90% of frozen (vitrified) embryos survive the thawing process.
How are the embryos transferred to my womb?
Using ultrasound guidance, the embryo(s) are placed into the upper part of the uterus via a thin plastic tube (catheter). The transfer is a painless procedure and the woman remains resting for 1/2 hour, after which she goes home. We recommend she rests at home through the next day before resuming her activities.
For how long do frozen embryos stay viable (good)?
While no studies exist to answer this question, there are reported pregnancies from embryos that were frozen for 10 years. We recommend embryos be used within 5-7 years after cryopreservation.
If you would like more information about our Embryo Donation Program, please contact Ann Collins, Third Party Coordinator.
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