Embryo Donation / Adoption

Embryo Donation / Adoption

What is Embryo Donation

Embryo Donation is the process of donating a healthy embryo (commonly known as a fertilized egg) to an infertile couple to produce a baby.Embryo donation is also sometimes called embryo adoption.

Mostly these embryos are the ones which are frozen as part of the in vitro fertilization process, which was adopted to conceive a child by a couple. During IVF, a couple’s sperm and eggs are combined in a lab to make embryos which are kept inside the uterus for conception. Most of the times, the number of embroys thus formed are more than needed, which could be ,frozen for future usage. In fact, with the continuous progress in our latest embryology labs, there is a higher success with IVF pregnancies, using lesser embryos.

It’s totally the donor couple’s call if they wish to donate such extra embryo/s to an infertile couple.


Benefits to the donor

By donating their excess embryo, the donor couple does not need to pay the monthly storage fee towards the frozen embryo. They also do not bear any other costs that may be associated with the donation.

Being a very noble cause, it gives immense satisfaction to the donor couple for obvious reasons. In fact, embryo donation comes as a blessing for both the genetic as well as the recipient family.


When is Embryo Donation advised?

If any of the couple partners (male or female) is diagnosed with untreatable infertility, they can happily experience the complete pregnancy and child birth process in a natural way through embryo donation. Similarly, it is also advised for single mothers who are diagnosed with unexplained fertility.

Other prominent reasons for embryo donation are recurrent pregnancy losses and genetic disorders that could pass to the child.


Success Rate

The success rate of producing a healthy child using the embryo donation process depends on the following factors:

  • Frozen embryo quality
  • Age of the female donor
  • Number of embryos transferred


Embryo Screening

Donated frozen embryos are generally screened for the following:


  • A detailed medical history of the donor couple is taken
  • Donor couple is also tested for communicable diseases


Recipient’s Evaluation

The recipient is evaluated for the following parameters:

  • Comprehensive medical history of the couple
  • Blood tests
  • Testing for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Mental counselling about the complexity of using donor embryos
  • A pelvic exam and an assessment of female’s uterus
  • Heart function tests, if females is 45 years of age or older



Embryo recipients are encouraged to seek legal counsel for parentage of transferred embryos. The embryo recipient is advised to take complete responsibility for the transferred embryo and the children thereof.


It is also generally advised that the recipient releases the donor of any liability arising from any potential complications of the pregnancies, congenital abnormalities, heritable diseases etc.

The legal counsel may suggest signing a pre-donation agreement between embryo donors and recipients.


Why us?

We help both embryo donors and recipients through the entire process of embryo donation. Our successful pregnancy rate of more than 50 percent, due to which many recipients choose RISSAIVF. We carry with us a long track record of dedication and high-quality service.

So please feel free to get started and apply for embryo donation or adoption at our high-tech clinic.

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