Hi! My name is Lisa Stack, and I’m the CNY Fertility Support Coordinator. If you’ve recently completed an IVF cycle, you’ll likely have some frozen embryos remaining. Now, whether you’re feeling complete as is, or if you feel like transferring some embryos later on to try for a sibling that’s wonderful. If you are not going to use those embryos, you do have a couple of options.
Now, you can keep them frozen, and still stay up with the storage costs, in case you ever want to transfer them down the road. Or, if you feel that you are really complete and have finished this journey of your life; you can either decide to discard of the embryos or you can donate them. Embryo donation is a wonderful program. What it does, is it offers the ability for another family to conceive when they really wouldn’t have had the chance otherwise. Unfortunately, some couples require both donor egg and donor sperm. If they do not have these, they will not be able to conceive and create the family that they have wanted. So, what you’re doing by donating these embryos, is giving this family a wonderful opportunity to become the parents that they have always wanted to be. The donation process is anonymous, and we do require a little bit of testing because we do have to fulfill some FDA requirements with blood work. What you would do is contact our donor team, let them that you do have embryos, and they can check the status of those embryos and make sure that the number is there and just do a quick check with the lab. Then, they will have you fill out a donor packet. So this consists of some brief history regarding your medical history, social history, family history, and then any other information that you’d like to give the potential families to receive. We’ll also have you complete consents.
Once everything has been completed, and the embryos are turned over to us and they remain in our bank. What we do is we place the profiles up online; again, completely anonymous, so they’ll never know your name or any identifying information. They’ll just have the questionnaires that you filled out, so they’ll have an idea as to who the donating family is. Once the embryos are selected, then we’ll begin the process with the receiving parents. So, again, this is a great opportunity for you to give back, to give another family the opportunities that you’ve had, and to also know that you have a little bit of reassurance with the destination of your embryos. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you’re interested in this process and we can give you much more information and walk you through it step by step. Thanks.