How couples who have undergone in vitro fertilization decide what to do with surplus frozen embryos.

Abstract:

:In a qualitative interview study of 77 families with stored frozen embryos, we found that while embryo disposition decision making was influenced by individual life circumstances, embryo quantity/quality, personal values, embryo conceptualization, and clinic information, it was a stepwise process that could be represented as three sequential questions: (1) Will the embryos be used for additional attempts at conception? If not, (2) Will the embryos remain in storage? And if not, (3) Will the embryos be donated to other people or to science, or will they be destroyed? While almost two-thirds (63%) of participants kept their embryos in storage after 5 years, either passively through disagreement or indecision or actively to maintain embryo potential, avert feelings of loss, or as psychological or genetic "insurance," IVF clinic support and detailed information about options motivated families to make disposition decisions.

journal_name

Fertil Steril

journal_title

Fertility and sterility

authors

Nachtigall RD,Mac Dougall K,Harrington J,Duff J,Lee M,Becker G

doi

10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.06.027

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2009-12-01 00:00:00

pages

2094-6

issue

6

eissn

0015-0282

issn

1556-5653

pii

S0015-0282(09)01329-6

journal_volume

92

pub_type

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