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The HRC Fertility Blog is a resource for patients and those seeking infertility related issues and articles. Check back often or subscribe to this blog as it is changed weekly by the HRC staff.

Embryo Donation - It can be a win-win for both donors and recipients

Embryo Adoption - Dr. Sanaz Ghazal

One of the most challenging issues facing in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients is deciding what to do with their remaining frozen embryos once treatment is over. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, there are over 600,000 frozen embryos in storage in U.S. fertility clinics and storage centers.

The majority of patients will use their embryos to try to have more children. But for individuals who have decided their family building days are over, they have several choices to make. They can:

Store their embryos indefinitely or until they make a decision and pay storage fees.Donate them to research.Undergo a ‘compassionate’ embryo transfer during the time of the month when the woman is unlikely to get pregnant.Thaw the embryos.Donate their embryos to another couple or individual.

Is embryo donation right for you as a donor?

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