An option for couples who have cryopreserved (frozen) embryos and have completed their families, is to donate the embryos to another who has not yet been successful. TFC also accepts embryos for donation which have been created and stored at other fertility/storage centers. If you wish to donate embryos, please contact Laura Troché RNC, our Third Party Coordinator, to discuss accepting the embryos into our program for donation.
Embryos Currently Available 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 and medical & health histories. Identities of the donors and recipients are kept confidential.
The 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 Laura Troché.
Common Questions About Embryo Donation
I am interested in donated embryos available at TFC, what do 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?
1. Meet with a psychologist. This 1 hour consultation is a discussion of the issues related to using donated donated embryos. We can provide a list of psychologists for your convenience. If there is a waitlist, this consultation can be scheduled once embryos are available.
2. Sign the Contract to Accept the Donated Embryos. This is where the embryos officially become yours. The embryo transfer cycle can then be planned!
3. Complete routine testing for infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, CMV, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
4. Complete a Saline Infusion Sonogram (SIS) to visualize the inside of the uterus to ensure there is no abnormality that might interfere with implantation of an embryo.
How is my uterus prepared for the donated embryos?
A medication is given (Estrace or Estradiol valerate) to stimulate the lining of the uterus to thicken. Before the embryos are thawed, an ultrasound of the uterine lining is performed to ensure an adequate thickness is developing. Progesterone supplementation is 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. For a complete description of the cycle, please see Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET).
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.
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, contact Laura Troché RNC, Third Party Coordinator.