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We are lucky to have advanced technology today, and with it comes many different Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART)’s to help couples welcome a baby into their lives. By far, the most popular and successful ART is IVF, but there is also egg freezing, donor sperm, donor eggs, surrogates, and more.
But, one conception option that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention? Embryo Adoption. Read on for more info on what embryo adoption is, and why it can be a great choice for some couples. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Embryo Adoption is pretty straightforward. That is, it is exactly what it sounds like. A couple can adopt an embryo from other couples, and that embryo can be implanted into the mother’s womb, so she can experience pregnancy. It is pretty much like a regular adoption, just the process starts in the womb, instead of afterward. With IVF, couples are often left with more fertilized eggs than they need.
The couple has to make the difficult choice whether to have those embryos frozen, donated, or destroyed. Embryo adoption has become a way for the couples with the extra embryos to give them to other couples who might not be so lucky and to give their embryos a chance to grow into healthy, happy babies who are very much loved.
The prospective mother for embryo adoption must be in good health, and able to carry the pregnancy to term. Some clinics only offer the service to women under 45, and others require a statement from an OBGYN stating that the woman is a great candidate for the program. The National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville has set a standard that prospective couples must be married at least three years, and must complete the same home studies as traditional adoptions.
The center also offers to counsel for same-sex couples and single women who wish to pursue embryo donation. They will be able to adopt in the same way as other couples after they complete the counseling to address potential issues.
Embryo Adoption is relatively inexpensive when compared with other ART techniques. The cost ranges from around $2000 for a local clinic match, to around $5000 for a total package that includes home visits, legal paperwork, and surgical procedures. There are also tax credits available for couples that choose embryo adoption, upwards of $10,000. The process is also relatively quick compared to other procedures, with the entire process taking between six months to one year.
Once a couple is approved as a match, the embryos are shipped from the state they are located into the adoptive couple’s state. The embryos are transferred into the mother’s uterus in a painless process that takes about fifteen minutes, and that is that! Embryo adoption is definitely a new and exciting assisted reproductive technology that can potentially help many people!