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Embryo Donation vs. Traditional Adoption

By Tracey Minella

November 18th, 2015 at 9:47 pm


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Embryo Donation is often mistakenly referred to as Embryo Adoption.

The proper term for a couple giving their unused embryos to another person or couple so that she or they may conceive, carry a pregnancy, and be legal parents to the resulting baby or babies is not Embryo “Adoption” but rather  Embryo Donation”. The recipient of this gift is the birth mother; no adoption is needed.

With November being National Adoption Month, many blogs were posted on so-called traditional adoption, where a person or couple (often one who can’t conceive or maintain a pregnancy of their own) will seek to adopt a baby born to a birth mother who does not want to or is unable to keep her baby. The baby is linked genetically to the birth mom and the man who impregnated her and is carried by the birth mom and then given to the adoptive parent(s) after birth.

But there is another option available to an infertile couple that is in many ways very similar to adoption…an option most people have never heard of. And it’s available right here at Long Island IVF…

Embryo Donation.

Picture a couple like you. Infertile and undergoing IVF. They had a retrieval and transfer and had extra embryos to cryopreserve. But they conceived and had a baby. Maybe even two or three times. They are happy with the size of their family and don’t want to have additional children… but they have extra frozen embryos and they don’t want to discard them or donate them to research. They want to donate their embryos to a couple like you.

Donate… as in “give them to you”. As the embryo donor recipient, you would essentially undergo a frozen embryo transfer at your convenience. While there are no pregnancy guarantees, of course, it’s noteworthy that the couple who donated these embryos to you likely successfully built their family using embryos conceived at the same time as these donated surplus embryos.

Other benefits of Embryo Donation: you could potentially conceive more than once and have children who are biological siblings to each other. Plus with embryo donation you can experience pregnancy, be in control of your developing baby’s health, and you’d give birth to your baby. True there is not a genetic tie, but there isn’t one in traditional adoption either.

Traditional adoption is a wonderful way to build a family. Embryo Donation is just another…often quicker… pathway to parenthood that may be worth exploring, too. Please contact Long Island IVF’s Donor Program Coordinator, Vicky Loveland RN, if you are interested in Embryo Donation at or read more at

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Would you ever consider embryo donation?


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Embryo Rejection

By Dr. David Kreiner

December 29th, 2010 at 8:29 am

Dear Fertility Doc:

Two months ago I had my first IVF cycle & it did not work. I was wondering what common reasons there are a body would reject the 2 embryos that seemed to look good on the 3rd day?
A few years ago I had a healthy child that came naturally with out even trying. In the past 2 years I’ve had an ectopic pregnancy resulting in removing a tube as well as a miscarriage. It’s hard to understand why it was so easy to get pregnant naturally a few years back & why everything we have done since that time has not worked. Also, if a fresh embryo transfer didn’t work on day 3, would you recommend trying a frozen transfer or a fresh transfer again.

Still Not Pregnant

Dear Still Not Pregnant,

I often hear patients refer to a failed embryo transfer as an embryo rejection. I suppose it appears to make sense as the embryos that are being transferred appear completely normal. The disconnect between what appears to make sense and the reality of the procedure of IVF is that the creation of life is an enormously complex process truly beyond the level of human understanding.

Great strides have been made in the process resulting in pregnancy rates exceeding 60% for some groups. However, the apparent quality and grade of an embryo predicts the likelihood of a resulting pregnancy. It is far from guaranteeing a pregnancy. New tests for the viability of an embryo are being developed such as metabolomics and proteinomics. These assess an embryo by analyzing products of an embryo in culture. They will further the likelihood of achieving a pregnancy from a transferred embryo.

Remember, that though an embryo may be otherwise viable it may still be abnormal genetically which will diminish pregnancy rates and usually result in miscarriage when implantation does occur. The likelihood of a genetically abnormal embryo developing increases especially as the age of the woman increases as well as with severely decreased sperm counts in the male.

The decision to go forward after a failed fresh transfer with a frozen transfer of sister embryos or a new fresh transfer should be individualized based on the quality and grade of the frozen embryos, the age of the woman, her

insurance coverage and her tolerance for the stimulation and retrieval as well as her motivation and patience. I recommend you have this conversation with your physician who can advise you better about your specific situation.

I wish you the best of luck!

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