Trying to build a family sometimes doesn’t go according to plan. It’s frustrating and there are a lot of choices and decisions to make. For example, which is better for you? Using purchased human eggs to create embryos or using embryos that are being donated by a family who has completed their family building?

For many years egg donation has been a frequent, but expensive, solution for couples struggling with diminished ovarian reserve, poor egg quality or an unexplained fertility issue. In 1997 a new choice was made available through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. Embryo adoption is the process by which intended parents can use embryos remaining from another patient’s in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments for their attempts at pregnancy. No need to create more embryos. No need to purchase expensive donor eggs.

Egg donation and embryo adoption have both resulted in healthy pregnancies for thousands of couples across the United States. While egg donation is a better known option, embryo adoption may just be the solution that some families struggling with infertility are seeking.

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