Embryo Adoption

Some women may not be able to conceive a child using their own oocytes (eggs). The reasons vary, but may include: premature menopause (premature ovarian failure), poor egg quality, absence of the ovaries from birth, previous chemotherapy, previous ovarian surgery, or genetic issues.

Women who are unable to produce eggs of their own, carry a genetic disorder or have poor egg quality are encouraged to explore the option of the egg (oocyte) donation program at Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group (PREG). To be considered as a recipient for donor eggs, you must have a normal uterus and be 50 years of age or younger.

Patients of advanced reproductive age (40 years or older) are the most common recipients of donor eggs and are able to overcome the age barrier with the use of a donated egg. Patients undergoing in vitro fertilization with a donated egg often have high success rates because the egg being used is from a young, healthy donor. Egg donation in recent years has become a very successful option for couples that would otherwise be unable to have children.  The physicians and the staff of PREG want to guide you through a very fulfilling experience of helping someone's dreams of having a family become a reality. 

  • Receive Donated Embryos from PREG
  • We recommend making an initial consultation with one of our physicians to discuss embryo donation or adoption prior to contacting any agency or organization and beginning the adoption process.

    Physician Spotlight: Dr. John Payne

    Dr. John Payne joined PREG in 2007 after a distinguished military career. During his time in the Army he worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one of the largest military IVF centers in the US. Dr. Payne has a passion for helping others and his known for his kind gentile demeanor. As the Third Party Reproduction Director at PREG he is able to give patients hope of having a family when other treatment options are not possible. Dr. Payne works very closely with our donors to confirm that all of the screening criteria have been met. This medical and psychological screening is crucial in order to offer our patients using donor egg IVF the highest success rates available.

    PREG, under Dr. Payne’s direction, has an Embryo Adoption Program providing the ability for our current patients to anonymously donate their embryos to PREG. PREG will then anonymously match the donated embryos to other PREG patients who will be the recipients of the donated embryos. The patients and Dr. Payne are “Paying It Forward” to help as many patients as possible achieve their dream of being parents.

    The Gestational Carrier (gestational surrogate) Program also falls under Dr. Payne’s expertise. Getting pregnant can be a complex process. Many couples trying to conceive may have fertilization or implantation issues. The patient may also have had her uterus surgically removed or struggle with recurrent miscarriages and is unable to carry a pregnancy to full-term. A gay couple trying to conceive will require a gestational carrier as well. For all of these examples, a gestational carrier is another family building option to consider.

    Talk to your physician about specifics regarding your infertility and explore the many opportunities available.