Embryos are created through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). In order to minimize multiple pregnancies, excess embryos are frozen (cryopreserved) in liquid nitrogen for future use. Eventually, a caring and compassionate individual, an embryo donor, may decide to donate these frozen embryos when they feel they have completed their own family.
Rather than discard the embryos or donate them to scientific research, the embryo donor believes that their embryos deserve a chance at life and a patient in need deserves a chance at parenthood. It is truly a wonderful and amazing gift.