Embryo Donation

Proven Embryo Donation Program With Flexible Options

The Donor Nexus embryo donation program attracts patients worldwide, including patients seeking embryo adoption, as we provide options for both anonymous and open ID donations. Donor embryo cycles begin at just $9,400 USD per cycle, excluding pre-testing, medications, and frozen embryo transfer.

Browse Donor Embryo Profiles In Our Database

To get started, we welcome you to create an account to access our embryo donor database and browse through profiles of available donated embryos. If you have additional questions regarding a specific profile, or once you are ready to move forward, please contact our team and we will be happy to help. 

What is Embryo Donation?

Embryo donation provides an opportunity for IVF patients to use embryos that were donated by previous patients. In most cases, the embryo donors had leftover embryos once they completed their families and chose to donate the remaining embryos to be used by others. The donated frozen embryos are stored in our laboratories at our partner fertility clinics and cannot be shipped to other clinics. For the embryo transfer, you will be required to spend a total of four days in Southern California. 

World-Renowned Embryo Donation Agency

Boutique Experience, Endless Possibilities

Since our establishment in 2012, we have coordinated over 1,000 donor embryo cycles. The benefits of working with our embryo donation agency include:

» No Wait List

Cycles can be completed in 2-3 months from the time you secure a donor embryo. This is a perfect option for recipients who are ready to grow their families as soon as possible!

» No Home Study Required

A home study is a comprehensive family study conducted by a state-licensed adoption agency and is typically required in embryo adoption programs. With our program, no home study is required.

» Success Rates Above National Averages

Donor Nexus partners with HRC Fertility for donor embryo cycles to provide our patients with superior outcomes. View success rates here.

» Options for International Patients

As an international embryo donation agency, Donor Nexus has helped patients from all over the world achieve their dreams of parenthood. Our knowledge and expertise of international cycle coordination lends itself to optimal outcomes and an overall more positive experience for our intended parents. 

» Anonymous and Open ID Donations

Unlike many other embryo donation agencies, we give patients options for either open ID or anonymous embryo donation to ensure that our program can be tailored to fit the specific desires of all embryo donors and all loving recipients.

*Please note that although our team adheres to the highest standards to maintain donor and recipient confidentiality when facilitating the cycle, with advancements in commercial genetic testing, we counsel our embryo donors and intended parents to understand that we cannot guarantee permanent anonymity in the future.

Start Your Journey With Donor Nexus

If you would like more information on our program, or more information on a specific donor embryo profile, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


Donor Embryos FAQ

Where do I start? »

To get started, register to our online donor database to begin browsing donor embryo profiles. You will then receive an email from Donor Nexus with more information about our program. We are available for consultations in person, over the phone, or via Zoom. Visit our Embryo Donation Process page for a more comprehensive overview of what happens after you select an embryo or embryos. 

Embryo donation vs. embryo adoption »

The terms "embryo donation" and "embryo adoption" are often wrongly used interchangeably. Understandably, it's easy to assume a donor is on the "embryo donation" side and a recipient is "adopting" the embryo. However, there are important differences in the process of embryo adoption compared to the process of embryo donation. Below, we share a quick overview:

  • Similarities: In both embryo adoption and embryo donation, patients can use donated frozen embryos in hopes of achieving a pregnancy.
  • Differences: Embryo adoption views the embryo as a child, typically requiring the recipients to go through a comprehensive legal process to “adopt” the embryo. Embryo donation views the embryo as a gift that is being donated and the recipients are accepting ownership. Embryo adoption is typically a more expensive and longer process.

At Donor Nexus, we offer embryo donation. However, the flexibility of our program allows for open ID embryo donation, which offers many similarities to embryo adoption.

If you have additional questions, we provide a more comprehensive comparison on this page: Embryo Adoption vs. Embryo Donation

Embryo donation vs. traditional adoption »

There are a multitude of reasons why a patient may prefer to go the route of donor embryo IVF rather than pursue a traditional adoption. The three most common reasons are as follows:

1. Unless a gestational carrier is being used, embryo donation allows the recipient mother to experience pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, if she wishes.

2. Next, embryo donation is more affordable than traditional adoption.

3. Lastly, couples who have undergone IVF and chosen to donate leftover embryos are more educated and more affluent than the general population. Often, the donating couple was in a stable marital relationship and financially stable enough to afford IVF at the time the embryos were created. They are less likely to have serious drug or alcohol issues than the general public and are less likely to have been incarcerated.



Donor Embryo Program and Process →

How many embryos do I get? »

It depends on the stage at which the embryos were frozen and whether or not they have had full 24-chromosome genetic screening. We will thaw until there is one viable embryo when the embryo is a blastocyst that has been genetically tested, two viable when they are unscreened blastocysts, and all of the embryos that are available from the batch when they are frozen on day 3.

Do you offer a guarantee? »

In the rare chance that the embryo(s) does/do not survive the thaw, we will either thaw additional embryos from the same profile or we will provide you “backup” embryo profiles to select from. If there is no other embryo profile of your liking and you do not complete an embryo transfer, you will receive a partial refund/credit.

The embryo transfer »  

To complete the embryo transfer, you must be able to travel to Southern California for a total of four days. The donated frozen embryos are stored in our laboratories at HRC Fertility, and cannot be shipped to other clinics.

Anonymous vs. open ID embryo donation »

In an anonymous embryo donation, there will be no identification or contact established between the donors and recipients. We will share non-identifying information about the donors on the donor embryo profile for interested recipients to see. Please note that although our team adheres to the highest standards to maintain donor and recipient confidentiality when facilitating the cycle, with advancements in commercial genetic testing, we counsel our egg donors and intended parents to understand that we cannot guarantee permanent anonymity in the future. 

Open ID embryo donation relationships vary from yearly phone calls and photos to contact for medical necessity, depending on the agreement between the donor(s) and recipient(s). In an open ID donation, the embryo donor(s) may request to have contact with the embryo recipients once an ongoing pregnancy or live birth occurs. The intended parent(s) will be required to sign an addendum that gives the agency consent to provide their contact information to the embryo donors once a pregnancy is achieved.

Learn more in this blog post: Understanding Open ID vs. Anonymous Embryo Donation 

Additional Options for an "Open ID" Embryo Donation:

While most of our embryo donors choose anonymous donations, we are proud to provide flexible "in-between" options to ensure that our program can be tailored to fit the specific desires of all couples and individuals donating embryos and all loving recipients. For instance, we will be happy to facilitate a Zoom meeting between both parties to allow them 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.

How long does the process take? »

The length of time is dependent upon a few factors. Once funds and your contract are complete, the time is dependent on the amount of time needed to prepare the recipient mother's uterus or the gestational carrier’s uterus for the embryo transfer.

Learn more:



About the Embryo Donors →

Who are the embryo donors? »

Embryo donors are patients who have completed IVF and have frozen embryos left over. Once they have completed their family or no longer desire to keep the embryo(s) in storage, they choose to donate their unused embryos to help another infertile couple or individual. The ages of a donating couple most typically are in the 30s, an age by which debilitating mental diseases like schizophrenia would have become evident. Lastly, patients who have undergone IVF are generally more affluent than the general population.

Why would people donate embryos? »

Many possible factors contribute to why a couple or individual decides to donate their embryos. Many of our donors have had their own long journey overcoming infertility and donate their embryos to pay it forward and help others build their families. Additionally, many donors believe in the sanctity of life and wish to provide their embryos with an opportunity to exist.

How are the donors screened? »

All couples undergoing IVF have had infectious disease screening completed prior to the creation of the embryos. Infectious disease screening tests for HIV 1 and 2; HTLV 1 and 2; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Syphilis. If an egg and/or sperm donor was used in the creation of the embryos, FDA labs were drawn prior to the creation of the embryos as well. If we have access to the egg or sperm donor profile we will share that with the recipient. Most couples will not have had genetic screening.

What will I know about the donors? »

The available information about the donors is usually basic and somewhat sparse. Here is the information you will be provided with:

  • Basic health information
  • Donation type (anonymous or open ID) and any additional preferences the donors have for the recipient(s)
  • General physical characteristics of donors, including height, weight, hair color, eye color 
  • Ethnicity and ethnic background
  • Their ages at the time that the embryos were frozen
  • Whether they identified any past medical or surgical problems
  • Whether they specified any family history
  • Donor background, including occupation, state, and education (when provided)



About the Donor Embryos →

What will I know about the embryos? »

All available information will be listed on the embryo donor profile, which may include the following:

  • Embryo grading
  • Years the embryo(s) were frozen
  • Gender, if available
  • The outcome from other embryos in the batch, if available
  • Whether sperm or egg donor was used
  • The stage at which the embryos were frozen
  • Genetic carrier results, if donor(s) completed screening

Please note that the available information varies. We recommend all medical records be reviewed by your IVF physician.

Can I request genetic testing? »

Yes, visit this webpage to learn more: PGT-A Testing

Securing extra embryos »

Can I secure extra embryos from the same profile?

Yes, if there are multiple embryos from the same profile, you can secure additional embryos for an additional charge. You will be responsible for the yearly storage of additional embryos.

Can I secure extra embryos from different profiles?

Yes, if you would like to secure embryos from a different profile, you can for an additional cost. However, we have limited the number of additional embryos that can be secured at one time from different profiles. This allows us to provide all intended parents with the opportunity to find the donor embryo profile most suitable for them.

Can I select the gender? »

Yes, gender selection is possible when using donated embryos. Typically, there are several donated embryos listed on our embryo donor database that have already had genetic testing done and the sex of the embryos has been determined. If this is the case, you will be able to see the sex of the embryo listed in the profile!

What does the grading of an embryo mean? »

The grading of an embryo is determined by the embryologist at the time the embryo is frozen. It is a method used to evaluate the quality of the embryo.

At HRC Fertility, the embryo grading is as follows:

Fully Hatching Blastocyst (FHB)Hatching Blastocyst (HB) BB or better = A

Expanding Blastocyst (XB) BB or AA = A-/B+ X

Blastocyst (B) BB or AA = B/B-

Early Blastocyst (EB) AA or BB = C+/C

Compacting (Comp) = C-

We recommend this helpful article: Complete Guide to Embryo Grading and Success Rates

Donor Nexus can provide you with an overall grading of the embryo. The exact embryo grading and success rate will be discussed with you by your physician during your initial consultation.


Financial Considerations →

How much does embryo donation cost? »

At Donor Nexus, embryo donation starts at $9,400 USD per cycle, excluding pre-testing, medications, and frozen embryo transfer. This fee covers the outstanding storage and cryopreservation fees and administrative costs related to the creation and maintenance of the embryo bank and embryo bank database.

Can I use a loan? »

We work with CapexMD to help intended parents cover treatment costs. CapexMD specializes in fertility loans, offering a variety of options. Visit their website to learn more and apply

Do you accept insurance? »

No, Donor Nexus does not accept insurance. However, our partnering clinic, HRC Fertility, does accept insurance. If you think you have infertility coverage, HRC Fertility can run a benefits check to determine if your frozen embryo transfer cycle, medications, and/or pretesting are covered. 

Do I receive a refund if I back out? »

Yes, you will receive a partial refund if you decide not to move forward with your donor embryo cycle. If you do not receive medical clearance from the physician at HRC Fertility, you will receive a refund minus a $1,500 administration fee. If you decide not to move forward for other reasons before your cycle medications are ordered, you receive a full refund minus a $1,500 administration fee. If you decide to cancel your cycle after you start medications but before the embryo(s) is/are thawed, you will receive a 50% refund.




Embryo Donation With Surrogate/Gestational Carrier (GC) →

Can I use a surrogate/GC? »

Yes, we have many recipients who transfer donor embryos into gestational carriers/surrogates.

Surrogate/GC process »

HRC Fertility requires every GC to undergo a medical evaluation before starting medications. The medical evaluation is more in-depth than the pretesting that is required to transfer the embryos into your uterus. HRC Fertility charges for the medical evaluation, regardless if you have some or all of the testing done at an outside clinic. Because of this, we recommend the GC travel to Southern California for the one-day medical evaluation. The GC will need to travel a total of 2 times to Southern California, once for medical screening and once for embryo transfer.



Specific Questions - Cycle Details  →

HSG test vs. uterine cavity evaluation »

I previously had an HSG (hysterosalpingogram) completed, can I use the report for my uterine cavity evaluation? No, an HSG test is performed to determine if your fallopian tubes are open. A uterine cavity evaluation (sonohysterogram/mock transfer/hysteroscopy) is performed to check for any uterine anomalies such as polyps, septums, or fibroids that could impede the embryo from implanting.

Can I ship the embryo(s) to another clinic? »

No, we are not able to transfer embryos to an outside clinic.

How do I know that I am getting the correct embryo? »

How do I know that I am getting the correct embryo profile that is being thawed and transferred?

On the day of your embryo transfer, your HRC consent forms will include your donor embryo profile number. Please be sure to write down your donor embryo profile number in advance.

How long is my pre-testing valid?

Generally, pre-testing is valid for up to 12 months.

Do you have age restrictions for recipients?

Each physician has his/her own age limits when treating patients. Generally, if a patient is over 45 years old, the physician will order additional tests to ensure the patient is healthy enough to carry. The additional testing includes a stress test, EKG, chest X-ray, mammogram, and pap smear. Most of these tests can be completed by your primary care physician.

How long until I can try again after success?

If you had a vaginal delivery, you need to wait at least 9 months. If you had a c-section, you need to wait at least 12 months. If you are breastfeeding, you must stop breastfeeding and have 2 normal periods before you complete your pretesting.

What if I am not successful and want to try again? »

If your donor embryo cycle does not result in a positive pregnancy, you will receive $1,000 off each subsequent cycle. Discount is only valid for 12 months from transfer day. *Limitations may apply.*


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