Donor Embryo Cost Breakdown: Donation vs. Adoption May 08, 2020 | by Donor Nexus

We understand that when you're considering using donor embryos to grow your family, one of the first questions that comes to mind may be, “How much does embryo donation cost?” or "How much does embryo adoption cost?" In this blog, we provide an overview of donor embryo costs, including the cost to "adopt" an embryo. 

Embryo Donation Cost

At Donor Nexus, embryo donation costs $13,200 USD per cycle, excluding pre-testing and medications.

This covers the frozen embryo cycle, including:

• All cycle coordination
• Embryo thawing
• Embryo transfer
• Monitoring at HRC Fertility

Additionally, your fee also goes towards:

• Outstanding storage and cryopreservation fees
• Administrative costs relating to the creation and maintenance of the embryo bank and embryo bank database.

Embryo Adoption Cost

Often when a couple or individual is using donated embryos, it's assumed that they are 'adopting' the embryos. However, there are a couple of important differences to note between donation and adoption - you can learn more about this in our featured blog post, embryo adoption vs donation

Although Donor Nexus does not provide embryo adoption services, we do provide options for open or semi-open embryo donation cycles which offer similar options to embryo adoption at a more affordable cost. For the purpose of this blog, we'd still like to provide you with embryo adoption costs for comparative purposes. 


How Much Does Embryo Adoption Cost?

Intended parents seeking information on the cost of embryo donation or embryo adoption? Learn more!

The cost of embryo adoption is typically more expensive than the cost of using donated embryos. The average cost of embryo adoption, including the home study, legal fees, shipping of embryos (if necessary), frozen embryo transfer, and cycle medications, is around $18,000.

Many embryo adoption agencies require couples to complete a home study, which is a comprehensive family study conducted by a state-licensed adoption agency, costing an average of $2,000 - $3,500. In addition to being a bit pricier, embryo adoption is also generally a longer process. The home study process alone usually takes about 3 months to complete.


Donor Nexus has helped many intended parents grow their families using donor embryos, including many patients who were initially seeking to 'adopt' embryos.

Why Do Intended Parents Choose Donor Nexus?

» No Wait List

“Our donor embryo cycles are relatively straightforward and can be completed in 2-3 months from the time you secure a donor embryo.”

We understand that the journey through infertility is long enough as it is, so we have intentionally built our embryo donation program with timeliness in mind. The donor embryos available in our database are available for immediate use, allowing recipients the flexibility to complete the cycle at their convenience. 

Our No Wait Donor Embryo Cycle is perfect for recipients who are ready to grow their families as soon as possible!

» No Home Study Required

We understand that for many embryo adoption programs, the home study is a necessary part of their process. However, we aim to make the embryo donation process as simple as possible for our intended parents. By not requiring a home study, we are able to make donor embryo cycles more affordable and accessible to all families.

» High Success Rates

Donor Nexus' donor embryo cycle success rates are above national averages. For our donor embryo cycles, we partner exclusively with HRC Fertility, Newport Beach, and Encino clinics. 

» Options for National and International Patients

We are located in Newport Beach, California. If you are not familiar, Newport Beach is a beautiful coastal city in Southern California. We warmly welcome donor embryo recipients to travel to HRC Fertility in Newport Beach to complete their frozen embryo transfer. 

The donated frozen embryos are stored in our laboratories at HRC Fertility in Newport Beach and Encino.  You are only required to spend a total of 4 days for the embryo transfer. The embryo donation international cost starts at $13,200 USD. 

Welcoming patients from Canada, Australia, Europe, and worldwide to participate in our embryo donation program

» Options for Anonymous or Open Donations

Unlike many other embryo donation agencies, we give patients options for open, semi-open, or anonymous embryo donation cycles. 

While most of our donors do opt for anonymous donations, we have also included options for open and semi-open donations to ensure that our program can be tailored to fit the specific desires of all donors and all loving recipients. 

Learn more: Anonymous vs Open Embryo Donation

» Donor Embryos Available in our Online Database

All interested recipients are welcome to browse through our online donor embryo database, and we are always available to help guide and attempt to get more information on profiles when requested. To get started, simply register for free and instant access!


Affordable Donor Embryo Costs at Donor Nexus

Donor Nexus is a world-renowned embryo donation agency located in Newport Beach, California, providing intended parents with donor embryos to be used during IVF. Since our establishment in 2012, we have helped grow over 1,100 families with our proven and innovative programs. We look forward to helping you achieve your dreams of parenthood using donor embryos!

We hope this blog helped answer your questions regarding donor embryo costs. If you have any additional questions, our team is always here to help. Find more resources in our blog:

Disclaimer: The fees and embryo donation cost information listed on this page is meant to be used as an overview, providing you with an outline of what to expect. If you are considering using donor embryos and would like additional information on the pre-testing and other fees, please contact our team and we will be happy to assist you.

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