Pregnacy with Donated Embryos | Embryo Adoption

Using donated embryos offers excellent chances of a successful pregnancy for women who are struggling with infertility and are not getting pregnant with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The California Conceptions program is a donor embryo program that offers success rates of 65%-85% at a lower cost than using a traditional egg donor.  All donors who choose to anonymously donate through this program are thoroughly screened for infectious diseases and meet all state and federal regulations. Donors that provide embryos have also been screened for health risks including inherited disorders, mental illness, and other traits that would be undesirable to most parents.  It is not possible to avoid all health risks and birth defects, but this is true for any pregnancy.


High success rates make embryo donation 

more affordable than using an egg donor or adopting


Before the embryos were formed, the individuals providing the eggs and sperm completed their evaluation and proceeded with in vitro fertilization.  After the sperm are used to fertilize the eggs, embryos are grown in the laboratory for 5 days and are then transferred into the uterus of the intended mother.  The donors waive their parental rights to the embryos and children at the time of donation.  The donor embryo recipients become the legal parents of the donated embryos.  The recipient of the donated embryos is able to experience pregnancy and birth as with any other pregnancy.


There is a possibility of twins occurring as a result of the embryo transfer procedure. The recipients of the donated embryos may elect to transfer one embryo instead of two.  This may decrease the possibility of a pregnancy occurring, but will decrease the risk of twins to less than 1%.  Since age does not affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant with donor embryos, the chances of pregnancy remain very high.


Since the intended mother carries the pregnancy and the embryos came from an anonymous donation, there are no legal challenges to parental rights.  Women giving birth to a baby will have their name placed on the baby’s birth certificate and will have the opportunity to name the father of the baby for the purpose of the birth certificate.  The parents will have the option of disclosing the donation process to the child or keeping the information private.  There are many opinions and discussions on this topic that can be found on the internet.


Pregnancy with donated embryos may not be a good option for everyone, but for many women and their partners, it offers the opportunity to build their family without significant legal and financial burdens. Couples facing the lengthy process of adoption or high costs of infertility treatments often find pregnancy with donated embryos, or embryo adoption, an excellent alternative to donor eggs or traditional adoption.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about why using donated embryos offers such high chances of success.


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California Conceptions Donated Embryo Program
California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc.
1550 Drew Avenue Suite 100, Davis, CA 95618-7851
Tel: 530-771-0177  Fax: 530-771-0135
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