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Embryo Donation: A Possible Answer to Baby Prayers

a blog by Stephanie W. Moyers National Embryo Donation Center, February 7, 2012

No matter what path your infertility diagnosis has taken, the fear of not knowing the outcome continues to loom large. For some, in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other assisted reproduction technologies (ART) have been the answer to their “baby prayers.” But those treatments are neither ideal nor guaranteed to help every family. What is the next step, or is there even a next step? An emerging option for those desperately trying for a child is embryo donation — sometimes referred to as embryo adoption (ED/EA).

The causes of infertility are numerous and non-discriminating, with both male and/or female factors playing a part of what could be the issue. Modern science now provides some proven solutions that bypass the medical conditions that keep prospective parents from cultivating a pregnancy.

More than three decades of ART have created a surplus of cryopreserved human embryos, estimated at more than 615,000 in the United States alone. “Adopting” an embryo may be the answer to an infertile couple’s baby prayers. Not only will these embryos have a womb to grow in, but they will be given life as was intended when they were created. A bonus to the adopting parents is that they get to experience pregnancy and childbirth, but most importantly, they are in control of the prenatal environment. Embryo adoption is not for everyone, but it can be an opportunity for many who have given up the hope of ever raising a child.

Considering embryo adoption is a big decision. Just like other non-traditional family building options, ED/EA has its share of emotional and financial potholes, although for the most part, the financial aspect is less overwhelming than that of IVF or most other ART options.

A web search for embryo donation brings up numerous listings for agencies, clinics and informational websites that offer assistance, direction and clarity to those seeking to know more about this life giving option.


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