In This Chapter
^ Storing sperm, eggs and embryos for future use ^ Understanding the legal and financial sides of storage ^ Deciding what to do when storage time is up ametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos can be frozen and stored for a very long time without being harmed, in a process known as cryopreservation. However, you pay for storage and there are rules for how long gametes and embryos can be stored (see the section 'Considering the Rules and Costs of Storage' later in this chapter).
A growing number of couples are completing their families as a result of IVF treatment but still have embryos in the freezer. That's why the number of embryos being stored in IVF clinics around Australia — and indeed, around the world — is increasing steadily. At some point couples with extra frozen embryos — known as supernumerary embryos — have to make the sometimes difficult decision about what to do with these embryos.
In this chapter, I explain why gametes and embryos are frozen and flag the rules and cost for storage. I also discuss your options regarding what to do with your supernumerary embryos.
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