Some frequently asked questions about the Donor Embryo program:
Did the donor get pregnant? or Why did this couple decide to donate?
We cannot disclose any personal information about the couple donating the embryos. The reason most people donate is because they have children and do not want any more. Other reason may also include financial, divorce, psychological (the couple can no longer go through the IVF procedure), etc.
Why can’t we be told if they got pregnant? If using donor eggs, this information is sometimes disclosed.
Most people would not donate their embryos if this information about their children is not kept confidential. The parents donated these embryos are not receiving any compensation for this, and we feel their privacy should be respected.
Can the donor find out my identity (or vise versa)?
When donor signs the consent forms we promise anonymity. However, if existing laws change in the future we may not have a choice. Records must be kept on all embryos.
Can I reserve the embryos for a future transfer if this one does not work?
No, there are too many people wanting donor embryos and we want to give as many people a chance as possible. You can however, go back on the waiting list. If those embryos are still available then you are more than welcome to reserve them.
Can I buy embryos at Cooper and bring them somewhere else for the transfer?
No. First of all, we will not and can not sell embryos. That is against the law. Secondly, the donor embryos are for our patients only. That is why potential recipients must have a consult with one of our physicians.
What medications do I need to take?
This needs to be discussed with your doctor, though generally patients take Estrace, or Estradiol Valerate, Progesterone, Medrol, and Doxycycline. Every patient is different, and the patient needs to discuss the medication regimen during the consult with the doctor, as well as the number of embryos to transfer.
How long does it take to find a match?
This varies. An average time frame is approximately six months to a year, though it can be much longer or shorter. All of this depends on the number of embryo donations that we get; sometimes we can go through a “dry spell” and not get any donations for a few months, then get three donations in a week. It also depends on how “choosy” the recipient is, and what characteristics they are looking for. The more choices a patient makes, the more quickly we can facilitate a match.
If you have any further questions, or would like additional information about the program, please contact:
CARRIE K. WILSON