As patients consider the options on their path toward parenthood, there are benefits of embryo adoption to keep in mind. Embryo adoption:
- Can be less costly than traditional adoption
- Can be less complicated, and also cost less than traditional IVF, which involves egg retrieval and fertilization. In this case, there is an existing embryo, thus no need for the additional steps to create one.
- Gives patients the opportunity to experience pregnancy and birth
Embryo adoption can be particularly beneficial in the following cases:
- Individuals with genetic conditions that they would like to avoid passing on to their child(ren)
- Patients who have attempted other fertility treatments without success
- Patients who have experienced other events or medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, that may have adversely affected their fertility
Generally, the steps and process to go about adopting an embryo are as follows, and closely mirror those of typical IVF treatment, excluding egg retrieval and fertilization:
- Patients will come in for an initial consultation
- A basic health assessment is used to match patients with an appropriate donor
- Hormone treatment prepares the patient’s uterus for implantation of the embryo
- Patients undergo a frozen embryo transfer procedure
Patients with embryos that have not been implanted may choose to donate them to another patient who may not have viable embryos of their own. If you think you are in a position to donate, contact Sher Fertility Dallas to find out how you can provide healthy embryos for another patient in need.
Legal Concerns with Embryo Adoption
According to the laws in the State of Texas, any child born via adoption of an embryo is legally the child of the parents, and is not the child of the donor. Both donors, and those adopting the embryo, are asked to sign a document acknowledging their rights, and in the case of the donor(s), relinquishing guardianship.