What To Do With Leftover Embryos?

frozen_embryo_fertility_blog_august09.JPG When a couple decides to use fertility treatments, such as IVF, they are often left with a multitude of extra embryos. These embryos are normally frozen for future cycles of the treatment. The moral, ethical, and legal dilemma many couples face comes after they have conceived and no longer need the embryos. Many couples pay to store their embryos for years and have face difficulty in making a decision on what to do with them. Frozen embryos, in theory, are all capable of creating life. Although not all embryos will survive the thaw process or be viable for implantation, the belief is that each embryo is a potential future baby. The idea of disposing of these embryos is a hard decision parents may have to make. "When you're pouring your money, your heart, and your soul into creating an embryo and creating a life, the last thing you want to think about is how you're going to dispose of it," says one woman to MSNBC. The other option for these couples is embryo donation. The embryos are then donated to other couples for use in their own fertility treatments. If a couple decides to donate, they must legally sign away rights to the child which contains their DNA. Each clinic has a different set of legal proceedings, and some may allow for the identity of the donors to be known. Other clinics allow parents to choose certain requirements of potential users including race, religion, or location. All of these topics need to discussed prior to donation.

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