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Monday, August 3, 2015

Where can I find human embryos?

You may have decided to explore embryo adoption as the right choice for your family.  But where do you find donated embryos?  Are they easy to get? As you do your research, you may find that more embryos are available through an embryo adoption agency than through a clinic.  Why?  Because adoption agencies allow the donating family to choose the recipient family for their leftover embryos. The donors know that an adoption agency is pre-qualifying the recipient through the use of an adoption home study.  The adoption process gives the donor more control of a very personal decision.

Here are a few ways to find embryos:

  • Embryo adoption agency. These agencies specialize in matching donating families with adopting families. This matching process is beneficial to everyone involved, as it gives both parties some control over the situation and allows you to get to know the genetic family of your future children. Most agencies use an open adoption model, which can benefit you and your children in the future.
  • Through your fertility clinic’s in-house embryo donation program. Not every clinic provides this option and often they have patients of their clinic on a waiting list for donated embryos.  If the clinic does not have a program, they may be able to recommend another clinic with a program.  Often fertility clinic embryo donation programs will only allow patients of the clinic to participate.
  • Self-matching services. There are Facebook groups and message boards all over the internet that allow people to try to match themselves to a donating family. Make sure you get legal help to finalize the adoption, and fully vet the family you are adopting from before committing to anything. This do-it-yourself option is best for people who enjoy figuring out the necessary details for themselves, including legal documents, clinic coordination and embryo shipping.  Some agencies will help self-matched families with all of these details to ensure the process goes smoothly. 

Have questions about finding embryos available for adoption or want to find an embryo adoption agency in your area? Visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

3 Reasons to Consider Embryo Adoption as a Fertility Solution


If you are struggling to find fertility solutions that will help you build your family, make sure you check out embryo adoption. Here are three reasons embryo adoption may be the right option to build your family:

  • It’s the most affordable alternative family building option. You’ve probably been surprised at how expensive many of your family building options can be. In vitro fertilization can run up to $25,000 per treatment, and many couples will require multiple treatments in order to become pregnant. Embryo adoption runs between $6,000 and $17,500, depending on the state you are in as well as legal and clinical fees. This is generally less expensive than even many domestic adoptions.
  • You get to control the prenatal environment of your adopted child. Because you’ll be carrying your adopted child to term yourself, you’ll be in complete control of their prenatal environment and can help ensure they get the best possible start to life. You’ll be able to provide a safe, healthy environment within your body for your baby to develop. This isn’t an option you’ll get with traditional adoptions.
  • It’s a safe process with a high rate of success. Many alternative family building options include risky medical procedures that may have a low chance of success. Embryo adoption is safe and boasts a high success rate – often higher than the success rate of a fresh IVF cycle. 

Take a few minutes to listen to the stories of couples who have been through the embryo adoption process. You’ll be able to learn more about embryo adoption and why they made this choice for their family. Choosing the right method to build your family is a big decision! You can learn more about embryo adoption and speak to experts about your options by visiting www.embryoadoption.org.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Doctor Advises Women Not to Wait to Have Children

Fertility expert Craig Sweet of Florida is warning women not to wait to have children if they can avoid it. Dr. Sweet says that age plays a huge role in a woman’s fertility, and as she ages she is less likely to conceive and carry a child to term. Because more women are delaying the start of their families, more are seeking fertility experts like Dr. Sweet for help. He says that by age 40 it is “tougher to get pregnant. Harder to stay pregnant. Miscarry rates are much higher.” In fact, the risk of miscarriage jumps from 1 in 6 to nearly 1 in 2 for women in their 40’s.

Many women in the Millennial generation are freezing their eggs as a sort of insurance policy against infertility in their later years when they decide to start having children. Dr. Sweet says that while this can be beneficial, “it’s a great back up, but it’s not perfect.” Fortunately, it’s also not the only option available in modern fertility medicine.

Embryo adoption has been gaining more attention in both the media and from couples struggling with infertility issues due to its low cost and high rate of success. Many donated embryos are created with eggs from younger women for IVF treatments and donated when they are done building their families. The embryos can be implanted into an adoptive mother’s womb to be carried to term, when she gives birth to her adopted baby. The procedure is safe, has a high rate of success, and is a potential fertility solution for women who have waited too long to be able to have children via natural methods or through in vitro fertilization.

If you’d like to learn more about the impacts of age on fertility, or about how you can apply to adopt frozen embryos, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Who is Eligible to Adopt an Embryo?

There are a number of embryo adoption facilities in the country and each one of them adheres to aadoption agencies and fertility clinics are both interested in helping you have a baby!  Agencies are also interested in helping families with leftover embryos donate them for life.
different set of requirements for their prospective adopters. It’s important for you to do your due diligence to help you select the agency that is right for you. Eligibility requirements are usually relatively easy to meet because

Most agencies adhere to the general requirement that the adopting mother must be physically capable of carrying a baby to term. Some agencies will allow the use of a surrogate carrier if the adopting mother is unable to carry the baby herself. Most agencies require a home study, which allows them to educate and confirm your family for the adoption process.  The home study also gives donating parents peace of mind about the family receiving their unused embryos. The agency you choose to work with will walk you through all of their requirements and help you prepare for a successful embryo adoption.

When you begin your research about embryo adoption, be sure to check out the list of requirements for each clinic or agency’s list to see if you qualify. This can help you narrow your search and find an organization that you are comfortable working with during the embryo adoption process. If you don’t meet the requirements of one embryo adoption provider, don’t despair – it’s important to find the agency or clinic that’s right for you. If you’d like to learn more about eligibility in embryo adoption or want to see a list of embryo adoption agencies, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Frozen Embryo Population Could Be Nearly 1,000,000 in the United States

In vitro fertilization is becoming increasingly popular as the current generation puts off having children until they are well into their 30’s – the age when many women will start to experience fertility issues. Many couples believe that advanced in fertility technology like in vitro fertilization will help them build their families – and they're right. Unfortunately, the unintended consequence from the rise in popularity for IVF treatments is a booming frozen embryo population.

During IVF, more embryos are created than actually needed in order to give couples the best chance at conception. Clinics
use what they deem to be the strongest and healthiest embryos for their clients, freezing the rest for future pregnancies. When a couple decides that their family is complete, they may have several remaining frozen embryos in storage. The number of frozen embryos in storage in the United States is already estimated to be at one million and counting.

So what should be done with these frozen embryos? Created for life, these embryos could face a lifetime in frozen storage while their families decide what to do with them. Many clinics offer disposal options, where the embryos are simply thawed and allowed to die. Others may offer options to donate the embryos to scientific research. For many families, though, only one option offers the peace of knowing they gave the embryos that they created a chance at life: embryo donation.

You can donate your frozen embryos to a couple who wants to build their family. You can even help choose the family that receives your embryos so you know your embryos will be safe and loved. If you’d like to learn more about this option for your frozen embryos, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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