The overwhelming response that I get when I explain that Ben and I are adopting embryos is: Wait…you can do that?
The idea of surrogacy has been around about since IVF has existed, but generally speaking, people don’t know that embryos are adoptable.
The easiest way to explain embryo adoption (and the way I resort to when I get blank stares) is that it’s like being a surrogate, but afterward, you get to keep the baby. Like when Pheobe wanted to keep one of the triplets. Except, you know, legal.
The process follows the same structure as the second half of IVF. Frozen embryos are transferred into your uterus after 4-6 weeks of varied medications, usually injectables.
After the transfer is done (which only takes about 5 minutes, anticlimactically enough) you have to endure the 2-week wait just like everyone else.
Unlike normal conception, women who have a successful transfer stay on progesterone through the first trimester to help trick your body into believing it became pregnant naturally.
Then everything follows normally. You have your baby and begin screwing it up in your own unique and loving way.
This is the first in a series I’m writing about embryo adoption/donation and I’d love to hear from you guys. Are there topics you are interested in hearing about? Are there questions you might have?