What happens to unused embies?

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What happens to unused embies?

#1 Post by shiru » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:59 pm

Hi there
Hope I can this questions here. What do patients/clinics do with unused embies? Say 6 fertilised and you don't use them all? Are they destroyed? Or are they offered to childless couples waiting to be matched or none. I know we pay for storage of embies but just been wondering 🤔🤔🤔.. and I'm guessing they can't be stored indefinitely or can They? Is there a life span??

Hope someone can give me an answer
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Re: What happens to unused embies?

#2 Post by mollymartha » Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:30 pm

i had my first ivf cycle in may before ec the nurse gave me several pages of consent forms to read and sign I had to decide what to do with any potential future embryos if I died, if I became mentally incapacitated and couldnt make a decision eg coma or if I just didn't use them did I want them stored , destroyed or used for research or donated to other ladies/ couples but that was a whole different form and you needed extra counselling for that part it gave you various options, same form for those storing eggs and / or sperm too, it gave you time scales of how long you wanted them stored for very hard reading to think about those scenarios and something I had to think long and hard about and chat to my mum at that point before ec I really didn't think I would have any to freeze so just said no to everything as I never imagined a scenario where I would have anything to freeze as it happens this cycle I got 7 blastocysts had one out back and the other 6 frozen if If if I ever got my happy ever after I may consider changing my mind and donate the unused embryos to another lady/couple but have to find out much more about it first I certainly wouldn't want something so precious destroyed and I don't want hem being used for research either but I would ideally like to chose a family and im not sure if you are ethically allowed to do that it may be I need to use up all 6 frozen myself and I have none spare I just have no idea yet and that's way off atm so not something I thinking much about on another forum I have heard ladies who have "adopted embryos" which I don't know anything about buy im guessing its where ladies who need embryos adopt ladies who have got some left over I don't think the lab can just destroy them without consent ask at your clinic what heir policies are on this the form I filled out was from hfea so m guessing its universal nationwide and applies to all clinics I think the nurse said to me most people go with 10 years storage and that covers them and their plans ask at your clinic im sure they can answer your questions much better than me! its quite a lot to think about x
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Re: What happens to unused embies?

#3 Post by MommyKenny » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:49 am

Hi, thanks for posting this I need all the information I can before going to my clinic for egg donation. My DH need sperm donation too. If other Moms have embies they are willing to donate then that would be very helpful!

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Re: What happens to unused embies?

#4 Post by shiru » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:09 pm

Anyone have any answers on my question. MommyKenny. Hope you get your donations. Her to chat if you need to x

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