Embryo donation is a procedure whereby couples with extra embryos can donate them to couples who are looking to start a family.
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Embryo donation is a voluntary procedure. If you have undergone fertility treatments such as IVF or have frozen your embryos, and as a result have more embryos than needed then you could be eligible to be a donor.
The first step is agreeing to donate your embryos - this is understandably a huge decision and might require time and several discussions with your doctor and family. If you have made the decision to go ahead with a donation, there are then several formalities to complete. Only after filling out the relevant forms, and having the required meetings/consultations, you will be officially ready to donate your embryos.
Important to know is that depending on which organisation you work with, you may be asked to fill out several forms. These forms will cover your medical history, and your preferences for donation i.e, whether you would like an open or an anonymous donation. If the donating organisation is different from your fertility treatment clinic, then you will also be asked to sign a medical release form for the embryos.
The procedure is bound to be a very emotional one, and hence why it is recommended to always be open with your family/friends and seek out a counsellor if you wish. Do not feel pressured to undergo a specific kind of donation. If you are more comfortable staying anonymous, then do so. In case of an open donation, you could look at ‘profiles’ of adopting couples, and vice versa and if your profiles match you have meetings and come to a final decision together. The terms of the decision, such as whether you want to be in contact with the baby, or with the family after the process is also decided during such meetings. In summary, take the time to think through the process and do not hold back from asking questions.