intended-parent-icon-purple Intended Parent | Embryo Donation

Receiving Donated Embryos FAQs

Does embryo quality deteriorate with time?

Embryos can be successfully frozen for 10 years.

What does the treatment involve?

For details about what treatment for replacement of donated embryos involves visit the Embryo Donation Treatment Process page.

How can I find out about available embryos in this country?

Contact us here at the NGDT and we can let you know the up-to-date position on available embryos in the UK.

Can I receive donated embryos during an NHS round of fertility treatment?

This will depend on the specifics within your NHS contract. Speak to your GP and your clinic about the various NHS options for you.

Will the embryos survive the thaw?

Currently about 60% of embryos survive the freeze/thaw process.

Is there an age limit on receiving donated embryos?

Most clinics will treat women up to the age of the natural menopause, so around 50 years old. In exceptional circumstances clinics may consider women who are older than this.

In The Media

Over the last ten years there’s been an increase in egg and sperm donors coming forward in the UK. This didn’t happen by accident. Media coverage, in whatever way, shape or form, has an important role to play. The more media inches, the more awareness, the more donors come forward.

It is as simple as that.