How are recipients evaluated?

Evaluation of the recipient is similar to that of patients undergoing IVF. Evaluation includes a comprehensive medical history from both partners, including blood type, Rh factor, testing for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Recipients undergo evaluation with respect to ‘Welfare of the Child’ concerns and will be counseled by a mental health professional about the complexity associated with using donated embryos. The recipient will undergo a pelvic exam and an assessment of her uterus (womb). If she is over 45 years old, a more thorough evaluation will be required, including an assessment of heart function and risk of pregnancy -related disease. These women may also be advised to see a doctor who specialises in high-risk pregnancy.