Some people have embryos from IVF treatment that are frozen to give them an opportunity to become pregnant again in the future. However, some of these patients complete their family before all of their frozen embryos have been used. Embryo donation is when one couple decides to donate their remaining embryos to another couple or woman. Many couples who donate their embryos have experienced the heartache of infertility and want to help others who are struggling to conceive. The Main Line Fertility Anonymous Donor Embryo program functions under the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and is registered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a provider of donor services.
There are many reasons why a woman or a couple may be referred to the embryo donation program including:
- Premature ovarian failure (premature menopause)
- Menopausal or Perimenopausal women
- Multiple failed in vitro fertilization cycles
- Poor egg or sperm quality
- Genetic disorders
- Surgical removal of ovaries with presence of the uterus