The goal at PAMF Fertility is to help make dreams come true by assisting in a successful journey to parenthood. One option available to PAMF Fertility patients is to use embryos that have been donated by another PAMF Fertility patient, a process called embryo donation.
- Options for Unused Embryos
- Donating Your Embryos
- Requirements for Embryo Donations
- Cryostorage Fees
- Financial Liability
- Becoming an Embryo Recipient
- Requirements for Receiving Donated Embryos
- For More Information on Donated Embryos
We have dedicated specialists to assist you through the process of embryo donation.
- Shawnda Drier
Donor Program Coordinator
For additional information and to schedule an appointment please contact our Donor Program Coordinator at (800) 597-2234.
Options for Unused Embryos
Patients who were fortunate enough to have completed their family building from previous IVF cycles face a complex decision regarding the future of their cryopreserved (frozen) embryos. It is often difficult to determine the best option considering that each person has a unique outlook on what the term embryo means to them. However, we recognize that storing embryos indefinitely can be costly and this continual expense is often a burden.
PAMF Fertility offers four choices for unused embryos. Patients can choose to:
- Donate frozen embryos to someone looking to build a family.
- Donate frozen embryos to research.
IVF tissue banks accept donated frozen embryos for infertility, genetic, general health and stem cell research. Although the embryos are used up during the research process, their existence contributes to important medical knowledge that can lead to the development of life-saving therapies.
- Discard frozen embryos.
The embryos will be thawed to room temperature to end the metabolic processes that drive cell division and embryonic growth, and then discarded in an appropriate manner.
- Store frozen embryos indefinitely.
Patients have the option to transfer their frozen embryos to a long-term cryostorage facility to store indefinitely. PAMF Fertility can provide information on these facilities and instructions on how to transfer embryos.
PAMF Fertility is committed to helping patients as they consider what is best for them. Please contact our Donor Program Coordinator if you would like further information on the options we offer.
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Donating Your Embryos
PAMF Fertility is aware of the difficult decision many couples face regarding their frozen embryos. We are also aware of just how many of our patients would benefit from embryo donation. You are probably familiar with the distress and difficulties involved in wanting to have a child, when for one reason or another you are not able to on your own. This is why embryo donation is in such great need here at PAMF Fertility. Many patients do not have the option of further IVF cycles or other fertility treatments. This may be due to multiple pregnancy losses related to implantation or uterine issues, having had repeated IVF failures, or the risk of transmitting genetic problems to their offspring. Embryo donation can help make the dream of having children come true for those women or couples.
Embryo donation is similar to egg or sperm donation, meaning that ownership of the embryos transfers from donor(s) to recipient(s) once the match has been fulfilled. There are several steps listed below that need to be completed by both the donor(s) and recipient(s) prior to a match being made.
The PAMF Fertility embryo donation program requires that a physician consultation and counseling be done prior to completion of the donation. Our goal is to make sure that all parties are fully informed and in agreement before donating and receiving embryos. The counseling appointment is required for both the donor and recipient couples to explore feelings and thoughts involved in embryo donation and to make sure there are no hesitations regarding the decision. Donor and recipient matches are made by our experienced physicians who have the ability to make a suitable decision based on first-hand knowledge of each patient’s health and fertility history to assure each match is made with the best care.
The following information will summarize the requirements and policies of our program. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact PAMF Fertility directly.
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Requirements for Embryo Donations
The following requirements are in accordance with PAMF Fertility protocols and federal regulations, which govern cell and tissue donation. Typically, requirements 3 and 4 can be done in one office visit.
- PAMF Fertility Physician Consultation
Prior to starting the embryo donation screening process, donor(s) must have a consultation with a PAMF Fertility physician to discuss embryo donation.
- Counseling Appointment
Donor(s) are required to meet with a licensed counselor to discuss the social, emotional and ethical implications of embryo donation.
- FDA Infectious Disease Testing (completed at physician consultation)
Donor(s) must complete the FDA Infectious Disease Testing through a FDA approved laboratory designated by PAMF Fertility. The same exceptions for the FDA Physical Exam requirement are applicable to this requirement.
- Donor(s) Personal Histories (completed at physical exam)
The donor(s) will provide an anonymous personal history for each person who contributed genetic material to the embryos. This history will be provided to the recipient(s) of the donated embryos and any child(ren) who may be conceived from the donated embryos.
- Contractual Agreements
Upon completion of all necessary screening and confirmation that the embryos are eligible for donation, the donor(s) will finalize a contractual agreement with PAMF Fertility, which will release the donor(s) of all legal, financial and custodial rights, responsibilities or obligations to the embryos, from the date the contract is signed and onward.
If your embryos were created using donor eggs or sperm, it is not necessary for the donor to complete the Health History Questionnaire, Infectious Disease Testing or Personal History form.
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Prospective donor(s) will be responsible for all embryo cryostorage fees until all of the requirements for embryo donation have been met and custody of the embryos has been officially transferred to PAMF Fertility by finalization of the Contractual Agreement. Cryostorage is pre-paid annually and prospective donors must make payment for the next year. A pro-rated refund will be generated for the unused balance at the time of donation.
Upon finalization of the Contractual Agreement, all costs associated with screening and preparation for embryo donation including, but not limited to, the Physician Consultation, Counseling, Physical Exam, Laboratory Testing and Legal Counsel will be the responsibility of the recipient(s) of the donated embryos. However, if the embryos are determined to be ineligible for donation, or if the donor(s) decide not to move forward with the donation during the screening process, the donor(s) will be responsible for the cost of any and all services performed pursuant to their participation in the embryo donation program, as well as continued cryostorage fees.
Embryo donation is a wonderful gift to give a couple or woman who wants a child, but can not have one due to unfortunate circumstances. Although PAMF Fertility makes no distinction according to the decision you make about the future of your frozen embryos, we are grateful for your compassion in considering embryo donation as an option.
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To learn more about the embryo donation process and to see if your embryos may be eligible for donation, please call Shawnda Drier, Donor Program Coordinator, at (800) 597-2234.
For additional information and to schedule an Embryo Donation Consultation with a PAMF Fertility physician please call (800) 597-2234.
For additional information and resources for embryo donation visit RESOLVE and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
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Becoming an Embryo Recipient
Embryos available for donation come from PAMF Fertility patients and were initially created during the IVF process and then frozen (cryopreserved).
Embryo donation is often a beneficial choice for both donor(s) and recipient(s). For those donating embryos, it is a positive way to resolve a challenging dilemma. For the recipients, it can be a wonderful opportunity to experience pregnancy and childbirth.
Using donated embryos may be the right way to build your family if:
- Both partners have infertility challenges
- Either partner has a high risk of passing on genetic disorders to their offspring
- Patients have recurrent IVF failures or multiple pregnancy loss
We work with patients to match recipients with any embryos available for donation. The match, based on patient history and eligibility, is anonymous. PAMF Fertility does not turn anyone down because of race, age, marital status, sexual preferences or religion.
To learn more about the embryo donation process and determine if there are embryos eligible for donation, please call Shawnda Drier, Donor Program Coordinator, at (800) 597-2234.
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Requirements for Receiving Donated Embryos
Recipients must meet with a PAMF Fertility physician for an embryo donation cycle consultation. Additional requirements include FDA required infectious disease screening, as well as reproductive tests to determine the best placement location and cycle timing before the actual embryo transfer occurs. Your donor cycle coordinator can explain the necessary steps in detail.
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For More on Donated Embryos
While we do offer our own internal embryos for donation, there are other agencies who also offer information on third party reproduction. Here are several options for additional information:
- Miracles Waiting
- National Embryo Donation Center
- National Fertility Support Center
- Embryos Alive
- Nightlight Christian Adoptions
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine: Reproductive Facts
PAMF Fertility understands that embryo donation is an important decision and it is our mission to help as much as possible. To schedule an Embryo Donation Consultation with a PAMF Fertility physician call (800) 597-2234.
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