Below, we share a step-by-step overview of the embryo donation process with Donor Nexus. Overall, donor embryo cycles are relatively straightforward and can typically be completed within 2-3 months from the time you secure a donor embryo.
To get started, you can register for free access to our online database to begin browsing through donor embryo profiles. You can access our database through our website or download our app for easy mobile browsing. On our donor embryo database, you will find profiles sharing information about embryo donors and the embryo(s) they have chosen to donate to be used by others. We add profiles to our database regularly so always feel free to check back.
Once you've narrowed down your search or selected a profile, we will be happy to connect with you via phone, email, or video conference to discuss your options regarding specific donors and our program.
Once you choose a donor embryo(s), we will request you to send us the following information:
a. Name and date of birth
b. Partner name and date of birth, if applicable
c. Mailing address
Donor Nexus will email you preliminary paperwork, a deposit invoice (50% of the cycle fee), and an agreement. You will have one week to complete the paperwork and submit funds.
Upon receipt of the signed contract and funds, the embryo will be secured. The embryos are removed from the database and can no longer be offered to other patients. We will also forward a confirmed match sheet to your IVF physician.
Next, you will be put in contact with HRC Fertility to schedule a consultation with the designated physician.
The IVF physician will order pretesting to be completed before the frozen embryo transfer cycle. You will be put in contact with a nurse coordinator who will give you pretesting orders and help you throughout the entire process. Note: If you live outside of Southern California, the pretesting does not have to be completed at HRC Fertility.
You can expect to have the following pretesting ordered by your physician if you are 45 years old or younger:
Once your pretesting is completed, you will determine cycle dates with your nurse coordinator. Your nurse coordinator will also order your medications.
You will be on medications for about 35 days before your embryo transfer. You will have 2- 3 monitoring ultrasounds completed before your embryo transfer. The ultrasounds are spaced apart one to two weeks. These appointments ensure your uterine lining is ready for transfer.
The embryo transfer will take place at HRC Fertility Newport Beach. Most physicians require 2 days of bed rest following the embryo transfer. If you live outside of Southern California, you can expect to be in California for a total of 4 days.
In the rare event that your embryo(s) do(es) not survive the thaw, the laboratory will be instructed to either thaw another embryo from the same profile OR Donor Nexus will reach out to you to provide you with a backup embryo profile. You can choose to either thaw a backup embryo OR receive a refund or credit if the profiles do not meet your desired criteria.
Your first blood bHCG level will be drawn 10-12 days after transfer.
Please note this is a brief description of the overall process to provide you with a better understanding of what to expect!
At Donor Nexus, we've made it our mission to help intended parents along their unique journeys from the very beginning of the process. Throughout our website and blog, we provide a wealth of information to help guide you through the donor embryo process and provide you with hope for what's to come. If you have any additional questions, our team is here to help in any way we can.