(Closed) Infertility: Discarding unused embryos..what would you do?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Have you gone through infertility?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d donate them to another couple.  No killing, another couple (who likely is infertile) is able to have kids…  Easy choice to me.  (I believe life begins at conception/fertilization.  If I didn’t, I’d donate them for research.)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

In my mind, embryos are not babies.  Options 1 and 4 are a waste, but options 2 and 3 are productive, so I would do 2 or 3.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

It’s an easy one for me, it would go to another couple.

Implanting them at a time of the cycle where the woman will not get pregnant is the same in my view as destroying them; and donating human life for research is not an option – again, in my view, not better than animal testing against which you hear many activists.

To me, life begins at conception. If, by natural causes, it doesn’t stick, that’s one thing, but deciding to get rid of them or waste them would not be ok with me.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hmm.  Very hypothetical question for me.   But I think I would donate them to research, since I don’t have any ethical/religious qualms about that, and I think a lot of good can come out of stem cell research. 

On the other hand, donating them to another couple with infertility issues also seems like a potential good choice, but somehow makes me shudder a bit.  (Anyone who is currently doing in vitro with donated embryos, please don’t take this the wrong way.)  For some reason, I would be far more comfortable donating an egg, or having Darling Husband donate sperm, than donating a full embryo that contains genetic material from both of us.  But that’s just me, and honestly, if there’s a major need for donated embryos, I probably would get over my issues and donate them anyways. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Absolutely I would donate them. I am infertile and after seeing so many women struggle how could I not? If we have to do IVF and we end up with extras, I would love to be able to help out another couple by giving them a chance to have a baby. I don’t see it as another couple taking one of my children. I didn’t carry that child, she did. So what if it has my DNA? She carried the child and is now its mother.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

For me, embryos are not babies. I’d prob donate them to research. The idea of another couple having a child that is genetically ours weirds me out.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would donate them to science or discard them. Unfortunately, donating to science is very restricted in many states. As a scientist, I really think we are shooting ourselves in the foot with those restricted policies.

I don’t believe an embryo is a human being. I also don’t want anyone else to ever have a child that is biologically mine.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

I think they’re all the right thing to do. Personally for me though… I’d donate them to another couple.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@sweetkate: A question, since I’m horribly uneducated in this area.  Do a lot of couples use fully donated embryos?  It seems to me that if only one member of the couple has fertility issues — i.e. the wife can produce an egg, but husband can’t produce sperm or vice versa, that all that would be needed is donor eggs or donor sperm.   So I’m just wondering how common it is that couples do IVF with embryos that don’t have genetic material from either of the birth parents. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I’d do 1 if I wanted more babies or 2.  And last resort, 4, but I would never do 3.

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