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What Happens to Leftover Embryos?

Written by The Fertility Center on . Posted in Infertility Issues

Here at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, we perform many cycles of in vitro fertilization and thus, create embryos for families as they begin their next journey. Discover how embryos are formed, how embryo transfers occur and what your options are for any leftover embryos after you have completed your family.

Creating and Using Embryos

During a cycle of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), your fertility specialist will retrieve eggs from you or from an egg donor. Then, the doctor will fertilize the eggs with the sperm of a male partner or sperm donor in hopes that it will become a successful embryo. Your physician will identify the highest quality embryo(s) that can then be transferred, or implanted, back into the uterus to initiate a pregnancy. Most of the time, many embryos are created to increase the chances of a pregnancy, but some of the time, not all embryos are used. There are many possibilities for the ones not used for embryo transfers.What Happens to Leftover Embryos?

Possibilities for Leftovers Embryos

If you have unused embryos after a successful in vitro fertilization procedure, you have many options. Some people decide to keep their embryos frozen indefinitely while others choose to discard their unused embryos once they have completed their family.  You can also donate the leftover embryos for scientific research or to another family, like other individuals or couples who are experiencing infertility.

The field of assisted reproduction is constantly growing, and embryos donated to scientific research allow us to find out more about fertility and reproductive medicine.

What is a frozen embryo?

Frozen embryos are used when a woman or couple would like to preserve their fertility. Your fertility center can freeze the embryos until you want to use them later. This is a great option for people who know they want to get pregnant some time in the future.

How long do frozen embryos last?

Frozen embryos last indefinitely. As long as the conditions are kept to maintain their frozen state, embryos will be safe frozen. One baby was born from an embryo frozen for 13 years.

Learn more about your choices for fertility treatment and fertility preservation. Our specialists are talented and experienced in the most advanced methods. Contact us for a consultation today.

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