The process of in vitro fertilization may result in an “excessive number” of embryos. These embryos are cryopreserved (frozen) and are available to the patient for future attempts at pregnancy. Sometimes a woman or couple may not need or use these excess embryos and decide to donate those embryos to other couples who have not been able to successfully develop their own embryos.
As part of IVFMD’s screening procedure, the male and female who donated the embryo(s) are thoroughly screened for infectious diseases, and undergo genetic carrier screening. The woman or couple wanting to use the donated embryo(s) undergoes appropriate pre-pregnancy screening as well. Once all parties are cleared, hormone medication is used to prepare the intended mother’s uterus to make it as receptive as possible for implantation of the embryo.