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How is Embryo Donation different from Embryo Adoption?
Embryo Donation and Embryo Adoption are both very similar concepts, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Each refer to the giving and receiving of fertilized eggs (embryos) that are created during an
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle.
Most times during the process of IVF, more embryos may be created than will ever be used. When the individuals involved have determined that they have completed their family and will not use the additional embryos themselves; they are faced with the challenge of what to do with them.
Depending on their state where they reside and the policies of the clinic used, their options are:
• Continue to pay for storage and maintain them
• Thaw and don’t use (or transfer in a way that is unlikely or impossible to result in pregnancy)
• Donate them to scientific research
• Donate them (embryo donation) to a couple who is having trouble conceiving due to fertility issues
Now with Embryo Donation, you can have the opportunity to conceive by the donation of embryo, thanks to another couple that understands the difficult journey that you have been on.
How do donors and recipients find each other?
With Wombs Waiting & Wombs Wanted you can start searching our profiles free of charge. When you find someone that you think might be a good fit, you simply e-mail us and wait to receive the contact information of the profile that you are interested in. (your contact information will also forwarded be to the other party). Once you receive their information, send them an email and wait for their response. Together YOU will determine if you are a good fit.
Wombs Waiting & Wombs Wanted, is not responsible for matching donors and recipients; rather we provide a location for profiles to be viewed, thus leading for contact to be made between donors and recipients.
How will Wombs Waiting and Wombs Wanted help those interested in donating embryos?
With our website, we create a friendly environment for you to read through and look for a recipient that you feel is a good match for you. Therefore, we leave any match making up to you and the recipients.
Wombs Waiting & Wombs Wanted allows all donors and recipients to VIEW any and all profiles placed FREE of charge. Please read through all of the information on our website. What we will do is help you post a profile or respond to those posted, so that you can make a match and be able to donate your embryos.
Details of Posting and Responding to Profiles
There is NO charge for donors (Wombs Wanted) wishing to post a profile or to view the profiles of recipients. Just as you would not be charged a fee in a traditional adoption. If you are successful in making a match, we do ask that you share your experience with us, so that we may share your story with others.
In order to have a profile posted on our website, you first need to subscribe for membership. Please select the link "Registration Information Here" on most of our web pages. You will never need to sign in on our site. Once you find a recipient that you are interested in, simply email us with the profile number and the contact information will be forwarded to you and the recipient usually within 48-72 hours. From that point forward you will communicate directly with one another.
Your profile will be posted usually within 48-72 hours once it has been reviewed by us.
Do I need to register with Wombs Waiting & Wombs Wanted, before I can contact recipients with profiles I am interested in on your website?
Yes, registration is required for all donors in order to receive the contact information of our members regarding their profiles.
The Embryo Donation Process
Once couples decide that a successful match has been, they usually have their clinics handle the shipping of the embryos, the transfer, etc. Larger clinics in the U.S. have experience with embryo donation. They usually refer to this situation as a "known donation" since you and the recipient will have shared some knowledge and information about one another. All clinics will have their policy regarding known donations, please be sure to talk to your doctor and clinic about this. Also please be sure you ask them about fees and other important aspects of the process.
General Costs with Embryo Donation for Donors
Costs will vary greatly depending on the individual patient, clinic used, and insurance coverage.
Please be sure to check with your clinic for what your costs will be. Please make note that in some states, it is also legal to reimburse the donor for embryo storage expenses. Make sure that you have an attorney that is familiar with embryo donation laws in your state before moving forward. Be advised that in all states it is illegal to pay for the embryos themselves!