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Donating Embryos to Stem Cell Research

What Would You Do With Frozen Embryos?

For many couples with fertility problems, in vitro fertilization is sometimes the answer to their prayers. Often, the "farming" procedure leaves hopeful partners with more than one viable embryo for implantation. If a successful pregnancy is achieved, the parents-to-be must decide what to do with those that were not used. Couples can choose to keep them frozen in case they decide to reproduce again or donate them to other people or to research.

Actor Michael J. Fox, a proponent of stem cell research, is on a mission to encourage those couples to donate their embryos in hopes of saving or changing future lives. An emotionally charged topic, opponents worry that the embryo would be sacrificed in a similar fashion as abortion. To that point, the stem cell champions argue they would never come to fruition in any case and if used for research, they would actually be bettering life for countless others by potentially curing ailments and preventing disease.

What do you think people should do with their unwanted frozen embryos?

kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I would donate to research or family. "Well if they just discard them anyways might as well donate them (if you don't want anymore children)" - Exactly
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Well if they just discard them anyways might as well donate them (if you don't want anymore children).
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 8 years
I would donate to research and glad to see some many women agree. My mother lived with Parkinson's Disease for 30 years (diagnosed at the age of 25). Anything that can be to advance research and not have to see other patients suffer the same way should be applauded. Especially if these embryo will just be wasted.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I would probably only donate them to research(I don't and never had problems conceiving.)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I picked donate to other couples, but I didn't realize that it costs extra money to do that. I just hope IVF is NOT in my future.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
i said donate them to research, which i would do..but i would also donate them to family if they wanted them. My sil and bil are having a hard time getting pregnant right now ( i seem to get pregnant folding my hubbys underwear) and if they wanted them i would absolutely give them up.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
...Oops, IVF. They really need an edit button.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I would donate them to research if I had the chance to. I think that before I die, and even if I never have ICF, I'll still donate some embryos. If I don't do it, there may not be many more people who do. I plan on doing this some time in my mid-30's or so -- after I am done having children.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
what is the "shelf life" of an embryo? i ask because my sil had some left over embryos and there was a big discussion in the family about what to do with them for a couple of years. then my sil and bil decided to try one more round, but the doctor told them that at that point the possibility of having a pregnancy from the implantation was very, very low. they didn't have any children from that round. so i'm wondering if after say, 3 years, it becomes a moot point.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
how about neither of those options?
HTCmom HTCmom 8 years
When we had IVF, my DH & I had quite a few serious discussions about what do to with the additional embryos. Thankfully, we didn't have to make that decision. We didn't have that many to begin with and the dr (after my insistence) implanted all the embryos.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
This is very relevant to me as I currently have 6 frozen embryos remaining from my first IVF cycle. We are planning to try another cycle with them later this year (not all at once--I will not be the next Octomom!). If we are successful and have any remaining after we are done with our family, we will donate them for research if that is an option. Donating to other couples is actually very expensive, as we would have to pay quite a bit for additional genetic testing (at least that was our understanding at the time we signed the initial consent forms). Plus, I'm not sure how I feel about that route. But I am definitely all for donating them to research in hopes they can help advance medical science.
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