As a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF), embryos that are not transferred to the woman’s uterus on the first attempt at pregnancy (fresh cycle) may be cryopreserved (frozen). You should ask your fertility clinic what options are available to you for these embryos.
Use for Reproduction: You can keep the embryos for future attempts at pregnancy. But you should plan for some expenses as the fertility clinic charges a storage fee even between IVF cycles.
Donate to Research: If your fertility clinic has a partnership with a research facility you can donate your embryos to various types of medical and scientific research. Read RESOLVE’s Statement on Stem Cell Research here.
Donate to Another Couple: You can choose to donate your embryos to an infertile couple in hopes that they have a baby. Read more here.
Freeze Indefinitely: Some patients choose to store their embryos with their clinic indefinitely. This can be a costly option as the clinics will charge either per month or per year for storage. Sometimes patients feel this is their only choice because they are unaware of the other options.
Thaw & Discard: The embryos are taken out of storage by the clinic, thawed in the lab, and at that point they stop growing and dividing.
Perform A Disposal Ceremony: You can take the embryos from the fertility clinic and dispose of them as you see fit, such as having a personal ceremony or creating a special moment to come to closure regarding the embryos.
Receive A Compassionate Transfer: You can talk to your doctor about transferring your embryos at a time in your cycle when there is no chance for you to become pregnant. Your body will take care of the embryos naturally.
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