NOTE: Before posting comments, please read our comment policy below.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Snowflakes Babies Aren’t Just an Infertility Solution

Embryo adoption is becoming increasingly popular as an infertility solution thanks in part to safety, affordability, and rate of success. But it isn’t just couples struggling with infertility who are choosing frozen embryo adoption as a way to grow their family. Many people are learning about embryo adoption and find they have a heart to help give these Snowflakes babies a chance at the life they were created to have.

Embryo adoption can be a great choice for a family who already has children, but wants to open their homes and their hearts to more. Adoptive mothers will still get to experience the joys of pregnancy with their adopted child, and give them the best possible start to life by controlling the prenatal environment. It’s also a great option for single women who have been putting off starting their family until they find the right partner. If they are tired of waiting and want to start their family now, embryo adoption is a viable choice that can give them the family they’ve always wanted.

The number of frozen embryos in storage in the United States is well over 600,000. If you want to expand your family – whether you are infertile, have your own children already, or are just ready to open you heart to a baby – you can help give life and a home to these children. There are embryo adoption agencies who would love to work with you and help you find the perfect donating family. If you’d like to learn more about embryo adoption requirements and find an embryo adoption agency near you, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Will Embryo Adoption Work for Me Even if IVF Didn't?

Many couples who experience unsuccessful in vitro fertilization treatments can still go on to give birth to a healthy, happy baby through embryo adoption. Just because IVF didn’t work for them, they may believe that embryo adoption won’t either. But embryo adoption can help you overcome many of the challenges you may have been facing during your IVF treatments:

  • Lack of viable eggs. One of the most common reasons IVF fails is because the eggs are no longer viable. Many women seek IVF after they’ve waiting to start their families and find that they no longer have eggs that will result in a healthy embryo. Adopted embryos may come from younger, healthier eggs that offer a better chance for implantation. The embryo adoption experience all but eliminates the mother’s age as a factor for success.
  • Low success rates. Some clinics see higher success rates for frozen embryo transfers during embryo adoption than they do during IVF cycles. That could be because your body hasn’t been stressed out by fertility drugs and recovering from the harvesting of your eggs, so it’s more prepared to accept a pregnancy.
  • Ran out of money. Embryo adoption isn’t just for people who can’t afford their own IVF treatments – many couples turn to embryo adoption as an affordable alternative after they’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on repeating the IVF process. 

Don’t write off embryo adoption as an option after you’ve had unsuccessful IVF cycles. Talk to one of the embryo adoption experts at www.embryoadoption.org and learn more about why it could be the family building method that works for you.

(Please Read Our Comment Policy Before Commenting)

Monday, August 17, 2015

What does it take to donate my leftover embryos?

When a couple decides that they have completed their family through in vitro fertilization, they’ll face an important decision about what to do with their remaining embryos. Many families decide that embryo donation is the right choice for them, and offer their donor embryos to couples who are struggling with infertility and want to have a baby of their own. If you think this could be the right choice for your family as well, familiarize yourself with some of the requirements for donor embryos:
  • You can donate embryos created from donor sperm or egg. This will be dictated by the specifics of the original contract, and an embryo adoption agency can help you determine if the embryo donation is allowed.
  • You can donate any number of remaining embryos. Even if you only have one remaining embryo, it can be donated and given to an adopting family.
  • You can donate embryos that have not been deemed “good quality” by the embryologist. This rule may vary from agency to agency, but many children are born healthy and happy from embryos of less-than-perfect quality.
When making the decision to donate your embryos, finding the right agency or clinic to work with is key. Make sure that their requirements match your needs, and that you are comfortable with the way they handle the donating and subsequent adoption. Do you get to help choose the family? Do they provide affordable storage while waiting for an adoptive family? Will they take the number and quality of embryos you have available? There are many different clinics you can choose to donate your embryos to for adoption, so make sure you find one which you like and makes you feel comfortable.

If you’d like to learn more about donor embryo requirements or find an agency or clinic near you, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

(Please Read Our Comment Policy Before Commenting)

Monday, August 10, 2015

What Are the Frozen Embryo Transfer Success Rates?

One of the first questions a couple will have about the embryo adoption process is how successful is it? What are your chances of a successful transfer and healthy pregnancy? You may have been struggling with infertility and you want to choose a family building option that gives you the best chance at a healthy, happy baby. While embryo adoption doesn’t come with a guarantee, the good news is that the frozen embryo transfer success rates are quite high and only getting better.

In fact, the success rate for frozen embryo transfers are often higher than those of a fresh IVF cycle. There are some factors that could affect the success rate, such as the health of the mother and the success rates of the individual clinic. But it doesn’t matter how long the embryos have been frozen – this seems to have little, if any, effect on the frozen embryo transfer success rate. There is even some research that suggests freezing the embryo before transfer could boost the success rate! Embryos frozen ten or more years have had successful transfer and resulted in beautiful, happy, and healthy babies.

Fertility treatments are not guarantees of success, but as science and technology continue to advance we expect to see the success rates of frozen embryo transfers continue to climb.  If you’d like to learn more about frozen embryos transfers and the success rates of embryo adoptions, visit www.embryoadoption.org. You’ll be able to find more statistics and get answers from embryo adoption experts.

(Please Read Our Comment Policy Before Commenting)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Why IVF Doesn’t Work for All Women

In vitro fertilization has become a commonplace option at fertility clinics around the world. More insurance companies are covering the cost and more women are banking on the treatment as a fertility solution to their own advancing age or other fertility issues. Unfortunately, though, IVF doesn’t work for every woman every time, and can leave many women disappointed and longing to start their families. The IVF process, while having been refined over nearly 40 years since the treatment was first used, is incredibly complicated and delicate; it leaves room for both human error and biological complications. Some common risk factors for a failed IVF procedure are:

  • Quality of the egg. As women age, the quality of their eggs begins to decline. By age 40, you’ll have very few viable eggs left, and the quality of the remaining eggs could be poor. If a woman is attempting IVF with her own eggs after age 40, it greatly increases the chance of failure.
  • Quality of the embryo. Healthy eggs make healthy embryos, and the healthiest embryos give the best chances for success. Likewise, if you are using eggs from an older mother for an IVF treatment, the chances of failure increase.
  • Implantation factors. Things need to be just right for the embryo transfer to be a success. Older women may have more problems with their body responding to the IVF medications which are giving to stimulate your body into becoming the perfect home for your baby.
While some of these factors are simply out of anyone’s control, they are something to consider when you explore the IVF option. There are IVF alternatives that eliminate many of these risk factors, however, including embryo adoption. When you adopt embryos, your own age is much smaller factor in the success of the pregnancy. And while the implantation risks are still present, many studies show that implantation success rates are actually higher with embryo adoption. It could be the affordable family building option that many women who have waited to start their families need. You can learn more about embryo adoption and IVF alternatives at www.embryoadoption.org.

(Please Read Our Comment Policy Before Commenting)