By on December 11, 2019

As professionals, we know less about families formed through embryo donation than other means of donor conception. This research can help us understand why people donate or not and how their families are doing.

You are under no obligation to participate, but as with all research, it is likely to be helpful to you and others to better understand this complicated form of family building.

In the last 30 years, embryo donation has grown thousands of families, helped train a generation of embryologists to better treat the millions of Americans suffering from infertility, and facilitated medical research treating a variety of other diseases.

Despite of this extensive history, there’s a lack of research about what motivates embryo donation decision making processes, such as whether to donate/receive embryos and how to do so, especially in the context of directed donation.

As faculty at the University of Washington Institute of Public Health Genetics, as well as an embryo donor myself, I’m embarking on a new research project which hopes to shed light on the kinds of donation arrangements being formed through clinics, agencies, social media, and personal networks. I’m seeking to document the thoughts of those who are embryo donors/recipients, those who have decided against it, as well as those still facing decisions about cryopreserved embryos through a wholly anonymous survey, located at https://is.gd/embryodonation.

While there aren’t any direct benefits to your participating in this survey, the goal of this study is to inform future patients, infertility treatment industry best practices, as well as biomedical research science. Your contribution in taking and sharing this survey is a tremendous help!

Best regards,
Jennifer M Gogarten
Email: gogarten@uw.edu

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