Embryo Donation

by jalkire on November 17, 2018

Embryo DonationFertility guidelines by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) limit the number of embryos that can be created and transferred. During fertility treatments, it is typical for extra embryos to be frozen for use at a later time, especially since it may take multiple rounds for pregnancy to occur. However, when there is a successful pregnancy or multiple pregnancies, you will need to decide what to do with the extra frozen embryos when they no longer need treatment.

Depending on the state you live in and the policies of the fertility clinic, you may have the choice to keep the embryos to use at a later time, donate the embryos to another couple, donate them for research (stem cell research), or destroy them. This is a very sensitive topic and a difficult decision for those who have gone through infertility or the journey of trying to conceive.

Embryo donation is associated with moral political, ethical, legal and religious implications. It is important to consider your view and the fertility clinic’s view on how to handle the remainder of your frozen embryos when you no longer need them. Many times, people are so focused on the outcome of being a parent that they forget that when they succeed and have a baby, there are still frozen embryos waiting. A viable option is to keep the embryos frozen by paying an annual storage fee and just leaving them be. That way you don’t have to make a rash decision and the embryos are preserved or protected.

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