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Receiving Donated Embryos

The Basics

the basics

Becoming the recipient of a donated embryo(s) is a unique and cost-effective alternative to start or grow your family. By using a donated embryo(s), women and couples who might not otherwise have been able, are experiencing the joys of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood.

Shady Grove Fertility is pleased to offer patients the ability to receive donated embryos from either a known (direct) donor or an unidentified donor—another patient at SGF.

If you are not a current patient at Shady Grove Fertility, please contact our New Patient Center to learn more about the Donor Embryo Program. Call 1-888-971-1967 or fill out our contact form.

Financial Options

Financial Options

SGF offers both single cycle treatment, known as Fee-for-Service, and our Shared Risk 100% Refund Program for Donor Embryo Recipients. Both options give patients peace of mind in knowing the upfront cycle costs.

shared risk 100% refund program

shady Grove Fertility's exclusive Shared Risk 100% Refund Program is available for qualified, self-pay patients using in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor eggs, donor embryos, and/or gestational carrier.

Of the total Shared Risk 100% Refund Program participants, 82 percent take home a baby, and the rest receive a full refund to use for other family building options. Now patients can pursue treatment without the worry of cost versus chances of success, and without sacrificing high-quality medical care. Pregnancy success rates in this program are comparable to the results of all IVF and donor egg cycles.


Patients selecting this program may attempt up to six IVF, or donor egg, or donor embryo, cycles and any subsequent frozen embryo transfers (FETs) for a flat fee. When you take a baby home from the hospital, our Center has earned the deposit. In the event the attempts are unsuccessful, we will refund 100 percent of the deposit. You may withdraw from the program at any time during treatment. Some costs not included in this program are:

  • Normal pre-screening tests
  • Medication
  • Surgeries
  • Recruitment or purchase fees for donor sperm or donor egg

Patients achieving a pregnancy on the first attempt will pay more with this program than the traditional fee-for-service payment methods. On the other hand, if you don’t take a baby home, Shady Grove Fertility assumes the bulk of the costs, hence the name, “Shared Risk.” Patients using donor eggs, or donor embryos, and are eligible for this program.

About Donors

About Embryo Donors

In order to qualify as an Embryo Donor at Shady Grove Fertility, donors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Embryo(s) must have been frozen January 2009 or later; utilizing the freezing technique known as vitrification.
  2. Donors must meet an age cut off limit, in regards to their age at the time the embryo(s) were created and frozen:
    Female patients must have been 38 or younger at the time the embryo(s) were created.
    Male patients must have been 49 or younger at the time the embryo(s) were frozen.
  3. Donors may donate one or more embryo(s).
  4. Donors who have undergone preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)—used in cases if both partners are known carriers of an inheritable genetic disorder—are ineligible to donate.
  5. Donors who have undergone preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)—used to look for abnormalities in chromosome number—are eligible to donate all normal embryo(s).
  6. Donors who used an egg donor are eligible, as long as the egg donor was 38 years or younger.
  7. Donors who used a sperm donor are eligible, as long as the sperm donor was 49 years or younger.
  8. Only embryo(s) created and stored at Shady Grove Fertility are eligible for donation.
  9. Only embryo(s) frozen at the blastocyst stage can be donated.
  10. Donors will be required to complete a “Risk Factor Questionnaire” and, based on the answers, some donors may be ineligible.


FAQ: Using Donor Embryos

What information will I know about my embryo donor?
As an embryo donor recipient you will learn the following about your anonymous embryo donors: medical history, physical characteristics, and information about their family, including their children and their health history. You will see pictures of the both donors as children. At Shady Grove Fertility, we take careful measures to ensure our donors only provide accurate and complete information in their Embryo Donor Profiles.

Will I have the opportunity to meet my embryo donors?
It depends on the type of donation you have chosen:

  • Anonymous Embryo Donation: No, you will not know the identity of your embryo donors.
  • Directed (Known) Embryo Donation: Yes, as you are receiving embryos donated by someone you know –such as a family member, friend, or acquaintance.

How long will it take for me to receive a donated embryo(s)?
Shady Grove Fertility has current availability of embryos to individuals or couples who wish to receive a donated embryo(s).

Where can I find more information about donated embryo(s)?
For existing SGF Patients, to learn more about our financial programs for donated embryos and/or to view our database of donated embryos, please contact Clelia Boissiere at Clelia.Boissiere@sgfertility.com or 301-545-1323.

If you are not a current patient at Shady Grove Fertility, please contact our New Patient Center to learn more about the Donor Embryo Program. Call 1-888-971-1967 or fill out our contact form.

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