Surplus Donor Embryos
In Portugal the ART law states that one of the possible destinations for frozen surplus embryos is the donation to other patients going through an ART treatment.
These embryos are obtained from regular IVF or ICSI cycles of patients have decided not to retain them for themselves (for example, because they do not want to have more children). In these circumstances, the donating patients have to sign an informed consent form (provided by the national ART authority) giving up their rights over the embryos. The donation excludes any kind of monetary compensation, in order to make it a purely altruistic act. The receptor couple only have to pay for the medical expenses related to the freezing and thawing of the embryos, and there is no payment directly related to the embryos.
The number of donated embryos available is typically low and depends on other patients’ willingness to donate.
Cost of Embryo Donation