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Embryo Donation

Frozen embryo transfer

After you find a donor, you will be given fertility medications to strengthen and prepare your uterine lining for implantation. Your reproductive endocrinologist will monitor you frequently using ultrasound scans and blood tests in order to determine proper development of your endometrium. Once you are physically ready, you will undergo a procedure called frozen embryo transfer (FET), which is very similar to the IVF procedure in that your body is carefully monitored and embryos are implanted in your uterus.

Typically, FET takes place about two days after ovulation and the donor embryos will be thawed the day before your procedure is scheduled. The actual procedure only lasts about 15 minutes and anesthetic is not usually needed. First, your doctor will insert a vaginal speculum to expose your cervix and gently insert a catheter. The embryos are carefully injected into the catheter and placed in your uterus. Sometimes an ultrasound is used for guidance. Many clinics recommend the transfer of only two embryos because of the increased risk of multiple pregnancy. Your doctor will ask you to lie still for a few minutes following the procedure to allow the embryos time to settle into the lining of your uterus.

After the transfer, you will continue taking the fertility medications you have been using and will return to the clinic approximately two weeks later for a pregnancy test. Success Rates

Success rates of embryo donation are somewhat lower than those associated with egg donation due to several factors. Embryos are frozen for long periods of time before they are donated, which compromises the quality of the embryo. They also go through a thawing process before they are transferred, which not all embryos survive. One more reason for lower success rates may be because embryos are taken from infertile couples, so they may not be the best of quality to begin with.

Embryo donation success rates vary depending on a number of factors including the quality of the embryo being used, the stage of the embryo when it was frozen and how well it survives the thawing process, but he typical rate of success is about 20 percent.

Cost

Embryo donation costs less than other types of ART procedures. Your donors will not receive any money for their embryo, but you will be responsible for paying the clinic for storage, testing and the transfer procedure. The cost of one embryo donation transfer can range anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000.

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