How The Embryo Donation Procedure Works

The embryo donation procedure is somewhat less complicated than the egg donation process. That's mainly because the hormonal cycles of the female donor and female recipient do not need to be carefully synchronized. In this case, the embryos are already frozen and ready for use.

Preparing the Recipient for the Embryos

As the recipient, you must take fertility medicines to adjust your hormones and prepare your uterine lining for the upcoming embryo transfer. Your fertility specialist will discuss which fertility medications and protocols are necessary for your particular situation. Additionally, you will likely undergo various blood tests and pelvic ultrasound to make sure that your hormone levels and uterine lining are prepared and ready to receive the new embryos.

Embryo Transfer to the Recipient

When the timing and indications are right, the frozen embryos are thawed in the laboratory and transferred into the recipient's uterus. The technique used for embryo transfer is the same as for IVF, where a special catheter and syringe is passed through the cervix and embryos inserted into the uterus. Hormones are given to help the embryos implant, grow, and develop. Pregnancy tests and ultrasound are performed within a couple of weeks to confirm pregnancy.

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