Anonymous vs. Open Embryo Donation: What Are My Options?

Anonymous vs. Open Embryo Donation

At Donor Nexus, our flexible embryo donation program offers anonymous and open embryo donation. We also provide “in-between” options to satisfy the wishes of both the embryo donor(s) and the recipient(s).

What is Anonymous Embryo Donation?

Anonymous embryo donation provides an opportunity for recipient(s) to use embryo(s) that have been donated anonymously by another patient. The anonymous embryo donation process varies depending on which agency you are using. Typically, in an anonymous embryo donation, there will be no identification or contact established between the donor(s) and recipient(s). At Donor Nexus, we share non-identifying information about the donor parents on the donor embryo profile for interested recipients to see.

How Does Embryo Matching Work for an Anonymous Donation?

In an anonymous embryo donation, most IVF clinics and embryo adoption/donation agencies handle the embryo matching process, and do not give the donor parents much say in the selection of the recipient. In these scenarios, the clinic makes the match based on their knowledge of both parties.

Contrarily, at Donor Nexus, we aim to provide flexibilty within our anonymous embryo donation program which allows the donor parents to express any stipulations they may have for the recipient couple or individual. We understand that for various personal reasons, embryo donors may have certain wishes for the recipients of their frozen embryos. An example of a stipulation is, “donor parents are requesting that embryos are donated to married couples.” We will list the stipulations on the donor embryo profile. This allows donors peace of mind in knowing that their embryos will be matched with intended parent(s) who meets their requirements. 

Things Aren't Always Black and White: "In-Between" Options

While most of our embryo donors choose anonymous donations, we have also included options for open and semi-open embryo donations to ensure that our program can be tailored to fit the specific desires of couples and individuals donating their embryos and all loving recipients. For instance, we will be happy to facilitate a Zoom meeting between both parties to give them the opportunity to get to know one another without sharing identifying information. Depending on the situation, we may have other opportunities available. If you find a donor embryo profile you are interested in, feel free to contact our team with any questions.

Open Embryo Donation

At times, donor parents will request to have contact with the recipient(s) once a positive, ongoing pregnancy occurs or a live birth. The recipient(s) will be required to sign an addendum which gives the agency consent to provide their contact information to the embryo donors once a pregnancy is achieved. Open or semi-open embryo donation relationships vary from yearly phone calls and photos to contact for medical necessity.

Open Embryo Donation with Donor Nexus

Our donor embryo database is conssitently updated. Generally, around 10-15% of our embryo donor(s) choose to participate in Open Embryo Donation. Register now for complete, free access to our database to browse through donated embryo profiles.

Open Embryo Donation is Similar to Embryo Adoption

Although the terms ‘embryo donation’ and ‘embryo adoption’ are sometimes used interchangeably, there are important differences to note. However, participating in an open embryo donation offers very similar benefits to the embryo adoption matching process. Donor Nexus has served many intended parents who were initially seeking to 'adopt' embryos. If you have any further questions, please inquire with our team for more information.

Independent Match Embryo Coordination

Donor Nexus offers Independent Match Coordination to help embryo donor(s) and recipient(s) who have found each other on their own through a referral, social media, online forum, or any other avenue without the help of a third-party. As the Agency, Donor Nexus will serve as the Independent Match Coordinator between the embryo donor(s) and embryo recipient(s) as well as their fertility clinics and laboratories. Learn more here.

Empowering Intended Parents to Make Informed Decisions

Whether you prefer an open or anonymous donation, or somewhere in-between, we are here for you. We make sure to thoroughly understand and respect the wishes of the embryo donors and recipients -- allowing us to facilitate the perfect match!

Achieve Your Dreams of Parenthood with Donor Nexus

Register now for free & instant access to browse donor embryo profiles in our online database. If you are considering embryo donation, feel free to check out these other resources we have available for you. If you have additional questions, or would like more information on a donor embryo profile, please don’t hesitate to contact our team

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