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What are my options if I decide not to use my stored embryos?

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If you have stored embryos that you have decided not to transfer into your uterus to attempt pregnancy, you have four options for their final disposition.

What are my options if I decide not to use my stored embryos?

First, you can donate your embryos to another woman with fertility problems that you don't know so that she can attempt pregnancy through a process called anonymous embryo donation.” anony donation.jpg
Second, you can donate your embryos to another woman that you do know so that she can attempt pregnancy through a process called “directed embryo donation.”
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Third, you can donate your embryos for laboratory research to help improve pregnancy rates for infertile couples in the future. research.jpg

Finally, you can ask that your embryos be thawed and discarded.

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ReproductiveFacts.org
is a patient education website of ASRM.
 

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