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Embryo Donation Program in Arizona

Embryo Donation Program at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies

Arizona Center for Fertility Studies has a busy, successful and demanding donor embryo program and, at times, has trouble keeping up with the request for donor embryos. The donor embryo program at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies offers infertile couples the chance to successfully achieve a pregnancy. Generally a couple will choose donor embryos because the donor egg program is too costly, the woman needs donor eggs and her partner has no sperm, or the couple "feels better" that neither one is using their genetic material. Using a donor embryo is a great alternative treatment for couples that have been unsuccessful in achieving a pregnancy either on their own or through assisted reproductive technologies (In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)) with their own eggs, and for those who have experienced multiple pregnancy losses.

Donor embryos at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies are donated cryopreserved embryos from generally younger patients who have gone through In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), been successful and have completed their family. At Arizona Center for Fertility Studies, all patients with "extra" embryos, are given the opportunity to anonymously donate their unused frozen embryos, rather than discarding them, to couples that have made the decision to use donor embryos.

Arizona Center for Fertility Studies encourage anonymous donation of a couple's extra unused embryos but supports their decision to discard their extra embryos rather than donate them.

Arizona Center for Fertility Studies does not match donor embryos to the recipient couples. Couples wanting donor embryos are put on a list and when they become number one on the list, they are anonymously given the complete profiles of available donor embryos. The couple views the profiles of donated embryos and selects the embryos they would like to use. Arizona Center for Fertility Studies believes the donor embryo selection is an important decision that should be made by the recipient couple. There is generally not as much information on donor embryos as there is on donor eggs, since the embryos are from Arizona Center for Fertility Studies patients; and thus, did not have to undergo psychological and genetic testing, although, they have had a complete medical work-up and FDA testing. Arizona Center for Fertility Studies staff is very familiar with the personalities and the backgrounds of "these donor embryos" because they are so familiar with the couple, and therefore, can help in the selection process, if asked.

Donor Embryo Recipient Consent For Uterine Transfer

I/we consent to receive donor embryos from Arizona Center for Fertility Studies to be used for uterine transfer. I/we have had the screening tests for receiving donor embryos as set by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the FDA. I/we are aware the embryo donors have been screened also, according to ASRM and the FDA. All reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that the donor remain anonymous. It is understood that Arizona Center for Fertility Studies cannot be responsible for the physical or mental characteristics of any child or children produced. Any child born of this procedure will be regarded as my/our natural child in all respects including the laws of descent and distribution of property. I/we waive all rights to challenge the legitimacy of any child/children born from this procedure, and to provide all reasonable support to said child/children. All records and agreements remain confidential, and cannot be released without my/our permission.

I/we consent to the following general steps involved in uterine embryo transfer.

  1. Administration of hormone injections to time the thaw and prepare the uterine lining.
  2. Monitoring of the uterine lining with vaginal ultrasound.
  3. A pre-determined number of embryos will be thawed in the laboratory under microscopic examination to assess viability based on ASRM guidelines.
  4. Once viability is confirmed, a pre-determined number of embryos will be transferred into the uterus by a small catheter inserted through the cervix.

I/we have been informed of the following procedures, risks and limitations and have had the opportunity to discuss these with my physician.

  1. Transferring the embryos into the uterus may cause slight discomfort, cramping, spotting, or infection, although these side-effects are quite uncommon.
  2. There is a possibility of ectopic pregnancy with any attempt at pregnancy. This would require treatment by MTX (methotrexate) or surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy.
  3. The transfer of multiple embryos may result in multiple gestation. The risks of prematurity and other complications have been explained.
  4. It is possible, although extremely unlikely, that infection could be introduced into the patient by this procedure.

I/we understand that any of the following may occur to prevent pregnancy.

  1. Medical emergencies may make the transfer unavailable.
  2. The embryo(s) may not survive the thaw process.
  3. The embryo(s) may not develop normally and therefore would not be transferred.
  4. Implantation may not occur.
  5. A laboratory accident may result in loss or damage to the embryo(s), although this has never happened at Arizona Center for Fertility Studies.

The goal of this procedure is to achieve a normal pregnancy. Once a pregnancy is established, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and/or congenital abnormalities may occur. There is no evidence to date that the occurrence of these is increased or decreased by this procedure. I/we understand that several attempt may be necessary to achieve a pregnancy.

I/we understand that if I or any of my off spring should require medical treatment as a result of physical injury arising from participation in this process, the financial responsibility will be mine. I/we understand the financial responsibility associated with this procedure.

Data from this procedure will be provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). The 1992 Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act requires the CDC to collect data on all assisted reproductive technology cycles in the US. SART (Society for Reproductive Technologies) uses this information to confirm and report success rates. Because this is sensitive information, the CDC and SART applied for and received an "assurance of confidentiality" for this project under the provisions of the Public Health Service Act, Section 308D. This means that any information that CDC has that identifies you cannot be disclosed to anyone without your consent.

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