Embryo donation occurs when a patient or couple donates remaining embryos from a successful IVF cycle to another patient or couple, so that the recipients can have a baby of their own. The embryos are transferred to the recipient mother’s uterus.
Donors go through an extensive screening process before they are able to donate their embryos. Screening factors include patient’s psychological readiness to make a donation, family genetic history and age of the female donor. The egg donor’s age must have been 39 or younger at the time when the embryos developed.
Recipients of donated embryos will learn characteristics about the donor such as height, eye color, hair color, blood type, and genetic history.