As more couples turn to in vitro fertilization as an alternative family building method, there are an ever increasing number of remaining embryos in frozen storage in the United States. Some estimates put the number of frozen embryos at 600,000 and the number grows every day. Couples who have used IVF to complete their families but have remaining embryos will need to make a choice about what to do with them. This one-minute video discusses some of the options that are available:
Unfortunately, options are limited. Couples can keep them frozen, but that involves paying hefty fees to facilities to keep them frozen for years to come. If they don’t want to continue to pay those fees, they can have the facility thaw and discard the embryos or donate them for scientific research. The only life-giving option for remaining embryos is to donate them to a couple through embryo donation and adoption. Now the embryos will have a chance at life!
This is the second video in a terrific series called Embryo Donation & Adoption: The Journey. If you are new to the idea of donating or adoption frozen embryos and want to learn more, you can start with the first video found here. There are ten videos and each is only a few minutes long, so you can watch them all in one short session. The entertaining content will give you a much better understanding of the embryo adoption process and how it could be the alternative family building choice for you. You can learn more by visiting EmbryoAdoption.org.