Donating your embryos
Embryo donation allows patients to share the joy of parenthood by donating their remaining embryo(s) with another patient who wishes to start or grow their family. Embryo donation provides a tremendous sense of pride in being able to help another couple in such a profound way.
Shady Grove Fertility is pleased to offer patients the ability to donate their embryos either to a known (direct) recipient or an unidentified recipient—another patient at SGF. This program helps alleviate the concern of what to do with excess embryos and eliminates the monthly storage fee required to continue storing frozen embryos. Embryo donors do not incur any costs related to their donation.
Eligibility for embryo donation
In order to qualify as an Embryo Donor, patients must meet the following criteria:
*In certain situations, we will consider accepting embryos from donor patients/couples who have exceeded the above age cutoff. In the event you have two or more embryos and had a prior successful outcome using embryos from the same treatment cycle, and are above the above age cutoff, please email [email protected] or 301-545-1323.
- If you meet the basic qualification criteria, the first step is to complete your Embryo Donor Profile through our partner site Embryo Options. On the Embryo Options site , you will be asked to complete an online “Profile,” including childhood pictures. Both partners, if applicable, will need to create their own profile and provide childhood pictures.
- We will ask you to meet with a mental health provider at Shady Grove Fertility to learn more about embryo donation and have an opportunity to obtain resources and ask questions. Shady Grove Fertility only requires one appointment.
- Lastly, we will ask you to read, sign, and return a consent form that releases your embryo(s) for donation. In the event you worked with an egg and/or sperm donor, a copy of the donor’s profile will be included.