If you have completed your family building, and have remaining embryos cryopreserved (frozen) from your IVF cycle there are choices which will need to be discussed. We understand that decisions regarding the destiny of cryopreserved embryos can be very difficult. CNY Fertility Center has worked to provide as many options as possible, with the hope that one is right for you.
Listed below are the options which are currently available:
1. Maintain the cryopreserved embryos in storage for your future use– Annual storage fees will be billed to you. You are responsible for keeping the account current, and informing CNY Fertility Center of any changes in address.
2. Discard the embryos – Embryos are removed from their liquid nitrogen storage unit and brought to room temperature. During the cryopreservation procedure the embryos were dehydrated, and the water in the cell was replaced with cryoprotectant. The cells of the embryo will degenerate if they are not re-hydrated, thus bringing the embryos to room temperature and not re-hydrating them with solutions will cause them to degenerate and the cells to no longer divide and grow. This is the process that we use to discard embryos.
3. Take home your embryos – You may also pick up your embryos from the CNY Fertility Center Office and take them home with you to discard them yourself.
4. Donate embryos to science
5. Donate the embryos to another couple – Embryos can be donated to another couple dealing with infertility, where the donated embryos are transferred into the recipient’s uterus in an attempt to create a pregnancy.
Links and Resources about embryo donation
Donation to Another couple: