Frozen Embryo Transfer

Egg and sperm

Egg in the center, sperm on the periphery

What happens to my eggs? How are they stored? Are they in danger?

These are very important question. And, as you educate yourself about the egg donor process, you may be surprised about the fate of the donated eggs.

Frozen embryo transfer

Once the eggs are removed from your ovaries they are "cryopreserved" or frozen. After they are retrieved, you have no control over their fate. By signing the contract, you have relinquished any say in where the eggs end up.

You can, however, do some investigating before the procedure to ensure that the agency screens recipients.

For a variety of reasons, not all pregnancies have the intended outcome. The IVF procedure of implanting the fertilized egg into the recipient is not always successful. Many end in miscarriage. Go to the In Vitro Fertilization page to learn more about IVF.

The eggs are frozen and may or may not be used in the near future. In other words, there is no way to determine when a child will result from your egg donation.

For other reasons, donated eggs are discarded. Others may be used for research. And still others may be clinically aborted because the number of developing fetuses would place the recipient at risk.

The medication you receive as an egg donor causes you to develop several eggs. It is possible that your eggs may go to more than one recipient.

If you are against abortion, you should not be an egg donor. You might consider surrogacy where you have more control.

Dr. Christine Strong, NMD

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