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Embryo Donation and Adoption

PREG is now offering a new service 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. Please call PREG to learn more about this new anonymous embryo donation program. We will be happy to schedule you for an appointment with one of our physicians to further discuss the option of embryo donation. Alternatively, if you are currently one of our patients you may click on the links below, complete the required forms and return the forms to PREG by mail or fax.

EMBRYO DONATION

Embryo donation is a procedure that enables embryos either that were created by couples undergoing fertility treatment or that were created from donor sperm and donor eggs specifically for the purpose of donation to be transferred to infertile patients in order to achieve a pregnancy. Indications for embryo donation include untreatable infertility that involves both partners, untreatable infertility in a single woman, recurrent pregnancy loss thought to be related to embryonic factors, and genetic disorders affecting one or both partners. The process of embryo donation requires that the recipient couple undergo the appropriate medical and psychological screening recommended for all gamete donor cycles. In addition, the female partner undergoes an evaluation of her uterine cavity and then her endometrium is prepared with estrogen and progesterone in anticipation of an embryo transfer.
 
In the United States, embryo donation must meet established FDA guidelines for screening of the donors. In the case of embryos that have been created previously, the FDA recommends-but does not require-that the couple who created these embryos undergo the requisite screening and testing required of all egg and sperm donors. For embryos that are created specifically for donation, the sperm donor and egg donor must be screened and tested as any other sperm and egg donors who are not intimate sexual partners of the recipients.
 
Embryo donation is a controversial process from both an ethical as well as legal standpoint. What differentiates embryo donation from either egg or sperm donation is that the child born to the couple will have no genetic link with them, yet all parties will benefit from the biologic relationship they share through the commitment the parents have made to gestate this embryo. Of paramount importance is that informed consent and counseling be provided to both the donors of the embryos and the recipient couple to address all of the potential issues embryo donation might raise. In addition, due to the absence of explicit laws regarding embryo donation, couples should consult with legal counsel regarding the necessity of a pre-donation agreement as well as to seek a judicial
determination or recognition of parentage.
 
Success rates with embryo donation depend on the quality of the embryos that were frozen, the age of the woman who provided the eggs, and the number of embryos transferred. There are no national statistics on the success of embryo donation due to the limited number of embryo donation cases nationwide.
 
PREG is now offering a new service 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. Please call PREG to learn more about this new anonymous embryo donation program. We will be happy to schedule you for an appointment with one of our physicians to further discuss the option of embryo donation. Alternatively, if you are currently one of our patients you may click on the links below, complete the required forms and return the forms to PREG by mail or fax.
PREG will perform the evaluation for frozen embryo transfer (FET) and will perform the FET treatment cycle for patients desiring to be a recipient of embryo donation. However, the frozen embryo(s) must meet certain criteria/testing as regulated by the FDA and we must approve of the shipment of embryos to our lab. We will only assist patients desiring to use embryos donated and obtained from an organization (such as Snowflakes or Reprotech, LTD) and will NOT accept embryos donated privately from one individual to another. If interested in this option, please go to our Embryo Donation and embryo adoption links for more information.
 
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.

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