What do you do with leftover embryos in a fertility treatment?

The Assisted Reproduction Act makes it compulsory to freeze surplus embryos after treatment. The options that the Law allows patients are as follows:

  • Save them for their own use in the future, assuming the cost of preservation, either to use them in a new cycle if the current one does not end successfully, or later if they wish to seek a new pregnancy. 
  • Donate them to other couples.
  • Donate them for research.
  • Termination of storage: they are removed from storage and their development is stopped.

Not all options will always be available to patients, so it is important to consult with your doctor on an individual basis to find out your real possibilities.

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