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We’ve got 2 embryos in the freezer at our IVF clinic. We’re not sure if we can do another round of IVF. We have one beautiful baby after a difficult pregnancy and premature birth at 27 weeks. What can we do with the other embryos if we don’t use them?


Posted anonymously, 17th July 2014


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  • That’s a really difficult question to answer. If you don’t use them, you only have 2 options….donate them or destroy them. Either would be heartbreaking. Only you can decide which path to take, totally up to you and hubby


  • yes they will be donated or disposed of as medical waste. Sorry to be so harsh but that is the truth


  • Talk to your doctor/clinic about what your options are… like others have said though I would not be making any hard and fast decisions… you may wish to use them yourself. No pregnancy is ever the same so don’t let that put you off.


  • Donate them to others but honestly all pregnancies are not the same your next pregnancy could be amazing.mxxx


  • If paying to continue storing them is something that you can afford, I’d keep doing that, until such time as you feel comfortable making a decision about what to do. Please don’t make a decision in haste, that you may later regret. And while you will probably hear many different opinions from other people, you have to do what is right for you. I wish you well.


  • We have 5 in storage and our hope is to try again for another set of twins and donate our remaining embryos to other couples if we’re able to….


  • We’ve been told if we don’t use them ourselves, we can donate them other couples, destroy them or offer them to medical science. We just keep paying our 6 monthly fees because we can’t make a decision on what to do with them.


  • You can donate them to someone or to be used for research or destroyed. I couldn’t let them be used as i would always wonder if there is a child/sibling out there so i would choose to use them or destroy them. Big decision x


  • I would be interested to know what else you can do with them, I’m not sure though. I have never thought of this.
    I might ask my parents if they had any unused embryo’s.
    They did IVF 20+ years ago so it would probably be different. I’m adopted, unfortunately they couldn’t conceive.


  • Honestly, I have no idea what options are open to you, didn’t your Doctor provide you with options? Just wondering as I would also be interested in hearing what happens in your situation.


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