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Embryo Donor Treatment

Embryo Donor Treatment

An assisted fertility treatment, embryo donation is used when pregnancy cannot be achieved with one’s eggs. A popular fertility treatment, it can be an emotional rollercoaster for some patients. In most of the cases, couples who consider embryo donation have had to deal with previous failures in treatments where their own eggs were used. In this treatment, a couple will receive an embryo which is not genetically connected to either the egg or the sperm donor. The procedure is confidential and the donor's and couple's identities are kept anonymous.

At BirthRight Fertility by Rainbow Hospitals, we provide the best treatments for couples based on a thorough analysis of their condition. Our team of expert fertility specialists explain couples seeking egg donation in the process. We use latest and advanced technology to complete the transfer, and it is a fairly painless procedure.

- There are two ways of accomplishing embryo donation:
- When the IVF cycle originally takes place
- Later, when previously frozen embryos are used
- With frozen embryo donation, embryos are frozen and donated by another couple. For each treatment, multiple embryos are created, but only a few of them are used. Couples can opt to donate the embryos they don’t use to others who are having issues with conception.
- We also prove the option of embryo creation. Here, a donated egg is mixed with a donated sperm for creating an embryo. The embryo won’t be biologically related to the recipient. The embryo resulting from the process is then transferred into the recipient’s uterus.

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What does the embryo donation process involve?

Treatment with the use of donated embryos is the same as the one used for women who receive their own frozen embryos. It also involves using medication and hormones to prepare the uterus for embryo donation. However, unlike other transplants, there is no need to take medication for suppressing the immune system. The frozen embryos are thawed before being transferred into the uterus. The recipient has to continue taking estrogen and progesterone

What is the success rate of embryo donation?

Typically, the rate of success with embryo donation ranges from around 16%-20% for each transfer. However, the chances of success do tend to vary depending on the quality of the embryo being used.

Will embryo donation be helpful to me?

You may find embryo donation if it is not much likely that other fertility treatments will be successful or you’ve had a history of unsuccessful fertility treatment. In cases like these, our fertility specialists usually discuss the option of embryo donation. You must have already completed your own treatment, along with using the frozen embryos you might have stored.

Before your appointment with our fertility specialist to see if the embryo donation treatment will be useful to you, you will be initially counseled by our fertility counsellors. There are certain social, emotional and legal implications of receiving donated embryos and our counselors will make sure you are well informed about that. A screening blood test will also be organized before the process starts.

Embryo donors can opt to donate their embryos to any couple who wants it. Alternatively, they can even choose a recipient as per their own discretion.

Who may benefit from embryo donation treatment?

Embryo donation can be typically beneficial for couples facing particular fertility issues. Commonly, the option of embryo donation is used when there are fertility issues with both the male and the female partner. Couples experiencing the following issues may consider the option of embryo donation treatment:

If you are already using donor eggs or sperm for conceiving, you may choose to make use of donor embryos instead. You may have your own reasons for doing so.
You haven’t had success with multiple cycles using your own sperm and eggs
If there is a serious medical condition carried by you or your partner that might be inherited by your offspring. Using donated embryos negates the risk of such genetic conditions being passed on.
If other fertility treatments are too expensive and unaffordable for you
You don’t want to adopt

Who can be an embryo donor?

Typically, embryo donors include sperm from men between the age of 18-45 and eggs from women between 18-35 years of age, at the time of the creation of the embryo. Embryo donors are strictly screened for any infection or medical condition that could be inherited and passed on to the offspring conceived from the embryo.

Why should I opt for embryo donation?

If you are willing to get pregnant, opting for embryo donation offers several benefits like:

Usually, embryo donation costs less than other procedures of assisted reproduction, such as IVF.
It is less expensive and complicated than adoption
With embryo donation, you can get pregnant and give birth to a baby within a year.

Does embryo donation have any drawbacks?

You should never take embryo donation lightly. The procedure can be a bit tricky and there are some drawbacks that you need to be aware of. In general, embryo donation has a comparatively lower rate of success than egg donation. Reasons for this include:

Embryos are kept frozen for a long time before they are used by the recipient. Freezing of the embryo compromises the embryo’s quality.
Before the embryos can be transferred, they are thawed. All embryos won't necessarily survive this process of thawing.
At times, embryos are donated by couples who are infertile themselves. This means they are not necessarily of the best quality.

How can I find an embryo donor?

 BirthRight Fertility by Rainbow, one of the top embryo donation clinics in Hyderabad, provides an embryo donation option and has the required specialty in the field. If you want to find a donor of embryos, contact us and we will register you for the process. Our counsellor will help you find a suitable donor. Normally, embryo donation is an anonymous process, however, it may be open as per the discretion of the concerned individuals. We will make sure we choose embryo donors in such a way that there are multiple embryos available for use during the transfer process.

How safe is the process of embryo donation?

Embryo donation is quite a safe procedure. Before the embryos are donated and transferred, they undergo a thorough diagnostic screening process. The embryos are frozen and stored until they are used for transfer. Embryos are tested for infectious diseases like Hepatitis and HIV as well. Genetic testing is performed on the donated embryos as well, thus reducing the chances of chromosomal defects or genetic diseases