Do you think IVF using your own egg and sperm was the last stop on your IVF journey? That’s not the case at all. If you’ve experienced repeat failed IVF cycles, there are still several fertility options available, one of which includes the use of donor embryos to improve your chances of IVF success.
This lesser-known and under-represented fertility option have multiple benefits. Firstly, it offers couples with unused embryos the ability to donate them to others who want them, preventing the embryos from being thawed and discarded and providing peace of mind knowing their embryos will being born, raised and loved. Secondly, couples who are unable to conceive a healthy, full-term baby using their own embryos have a chance to experience pregnancy and the healthy live birth they’ve always dreamed of. Finally, donor embryos provide couples and individuals in the LGBTQ+ community another fertility alternative.
Columbia Fertility Associates is proud to share our most recent eBook, which focuses on the ins-and-outs of embryo donation, so you can learn more about the exciting, emergent possibilities of donor embryos and IVF.
Donor Embryos Can Improve Your Chances of IVF Success
Donor embryos can improve your chances of IVF success in several ways:
- Bypass known chromosomal and/or genetic anomalies. If you didn’t elect to use PGD before a first IVF attempt, odds are your fertility specialist recommended that option before proceeding with a second or third IVF cycle. If the embryos test positive for particular chromosomal or genetic anomalies, your chances of IVF success and a healthy baby are very slim. By using donor embryos from couples who have given birth to healthy babies in the past, your chances of the embryo(s) implanting and developing into healthy babies are much higher.
- Overcome LGBTQ+ infertility diagnoses. Not only can donor embryos help same-sex couples, they can also help LGBTQ+ community members who are unable to take advantage of more standard fertility practices because of their own infertility diagnosis.
- Make age less relevant. As time and culture move progressively forward, increasing numbers of women are choosing to become mothers without partners. Often, they use their own eggs and artificial insemination (IUI) to get pregnant. However, the older you are, the less viable your eggs are. Using a donor embryo from a younger woman can increase an older woman’s chances of IVF success and diminish her chances of giving birth to a baby with birth defects as a result of compromised egg quality.
Failed IVF cycles do not mean you are at the end of the road. They simply mean we need to learn what we can from those failures so we can choose the next best step for your personal fertility success.