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Post Treatment Fertility For Women

Embryo Donation

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Embryo donation is an approach that allows a couple to experience pregnancy and birth together, but neither parent will have a genetic relationship to the child. Embryo donations usually come from a couple who have used assisted reproductive technology and have extra frozen embryos. When that couple has conceived or for some other reason chooses not to use those frozen embryos, they may decide to donate them. One problem is that the couple may not agree to have the same types of genetic testing as is usually done for egg or sperm donors, and they may not want to supply a detailed health history. On the other hand, the embryos are given without payment to the couple, so the cancer survivor only needs to pay the cost of getting her uterus ready and having the embryo placed.

Any woman who has a healthy uterus and can maintain a pregnancy can have IVF with donor embryos. Most women who try the donor embryo procedure must get hormonal treatments to prepare the lining of her uterus and ensure the best timing of the embryo transfer. The embryo is thawed and transferred to the woman to achieve pregnancy. After the embryo is transferred, the woman continues hormone support until blood work shows that the placenta is working on its own, usually around 8 to 10 weeks.

There is no published research on the success rates of embryo donation, so it is important that you research the IVF success rates of the centers where you live. Frozen embryo transfers average around a 19% live birth rate, compared with around a 30% live birth rate with fresh embryos.

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