Embryo donation is a procedure that enables embryos that were created by individuals undergoing fertility treatment to be transferred to other infertile patients to help them achieve a pregnancy.
Reasons to have embryo donation include untreatable infertility that involves both partners, untreatable infertility in a single woman or woman without a male partner, recurrent pregnancy loss thought to be related to embryonic factors, and genetic disorders affecting one or both partners.
Embryo donation is the transfer of a non-autologous embryo, which means that the person receiving the fertilized embryo isn’t connected to either the egg or sperm donor. It’s kind of like using a regular donor egg, except it’s already been fertilized—then frozen and thawed. The donated embryos typically come from another couple with frozen embryos left over after undergoing IVF treatments.