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« on: September 11, 2010, 09:00:18 PM »

We have completed our family and have some embies in storage.  We are wondering whether to donate them to another couple or thaw them.    Does anyone have any information about this? Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2010, 11:00:03 PM »

Welcome to the forum buff.
Sorry for teh late reply - I have been overseas.
As for the practicalities of donating, the clinic whic stores them will be able to provide you with all of the information you require on that.
If you want some information on how other people in a similar situation feel about donating their embryos there is an excellent article written by an australian researcher which describes the emtional process that many go through in deciding whether to donate or to allow the embryos to expire.
It can be found here and can be accessed for free unlike many other scientific literature:

but here is the brief abstract for anybody interested:

Hum Reprod. 2007 Jun;22(6):1751-8. Epub 2007 Apr 7.
Decisions for the fate of frozen embryos: fresh insights into patients' thinking and their rationales for donating or discarding embryos.
de Lacey S.

Research Centre for Reproductive Health, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia.

BACKGROUND: In the final decision for the disposition of unused IVF embryos patients must choose between options involving either donation or destruction, and this decision must be made in a context where there is tension about the status of embryos (i.e. whether viewed as potential children or as a base for further development) and whether embryo donation is adoption or tissue donation. This study explored the emotive experience of making a decision for either the destruction or donation of unused embryos.

METHODS: Thirty-three patients (9 women and 12 couples) who discarded embryos and 15 (7 women and 4 couples) who donated embryos were interviewed. Interview data were analysed with particular attention to elements of moral deliberation and use of analogy.

RESULTS: Adoption and tissue donation metaphors were both identified, and further, a metaphor of pregnancy termination was identified and found to be highly influential in the decision to donate embryos. Contrary to the majority of current evidence, this study found that participants who discarded embryos emphasized the adoption metaphor while embryo donors emphasized the metaphor of pregnancy termination. For each group the decision was driven by awareness of the option they did not want.

CONCLUSIONS: The pregnancy termination metaphor emerged as morally relevant and this holds implications for defining and discussing embryo discard in counselling and consent processes.
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