An Introduction to Use of a Donated Embryo

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Use of a donated embryo as a family planning option occurs when extra embryos of a couple who previously underwent IVF are donated and chosen by a recipient. These embryos could be created with a donor egg, sperm, both, or neither. This option may be preferred when other options are not possible or undesirable, or if cost of IVF is a concern. Additionally, some couples may feel this is the best option for genetic equity of their future child.

Some things to consider with this option are the availability of donated embryos, varying odds of success, psychological implications for the recipient, and the strong possibility of full or half siblings of that child, as most embryo donors have children of their own. Financially, in the United States costs can range from at least $2,500-$4,000 which includes embryo transfer, medications, travel or shipping, as well as mental health and legal services. In countries with nationalized healthcare, such as the United Kingdom, use of a donated embryo may be covered.

Are you a carrier that’s used a donor embryo for family planning? We’d love to hear from you!

This project is sponsored by Myriad Genetics.

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