Iran is pioneer in embryo donation technique
Scientific advances in the field of reproductive medicine over the past few decades have led to new method of infertility treatment including third party reproduction which provided new opportunities for infertile couples.
Third party reproduction through IVF can be used when one or both of the spouses is/are incapable of conceiving with their own embryo as a result of problems such as the lack of or defect in the sperm, oocytes or embryo, or having a genetically transmitted disease.
Among the choices available for couples seeking Fertility treatment, embryo donation is an important option to consider. Embryo donation is much more affordable than many other fertility treatments. Like any medical technique, however, it comes with its own challenges.
Embryo donation is defined as giving remaining embryos resulting from in vitro fertilization to either another person or couple. These embryos are placed into the recipient woman’s uterus to facilitate pregnancy and childbirth. Similar to egg and sperm donation, the resulting child is considered the child of the birth mother, and not the child of the donor. In most cases, the embryos are donated after the woman for whom they were originally created has successfully carried one or more pregnancies to term.Iran is the only Muslim country that has legislation on embryo donation, adopted in 2003. With an estimated 10–15% of couples in the country that are infertile, there are not any legal or religious barriers that prohibit an infertile couple from taking advantage of Assisted Reproductive Technolo- gies (ARTs).
Source: www.irna.ir2019 June 10