In the US, over 625,000 embryos (a conservative estimate) are frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius, and more are being created every day. While the majority of embryos are being retained by the genetic parents for future siblings, approximately 19,000+ are in limbo awaiting a deposition decision by the parents.
The Embryo Registry benefits clinics by offering information to their patients on a decision that might be difficult to discuss. It opens up a Doctor patient conversation to share options for their frozen embryos. With this registry AER aims to relieve storage tank overcrowding and reduce chances of abandoned embryos. As the awareness of embryo donation increases, infertile families see this as a way to build their families and the embryos’ genetic parents have the option of a compassionate and life honoring decision for the ones that remain.
The Registry is funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, the AER provides a unique service to fertility clinics, their patients who have remaining embryos and infertile patients who are looking for an economical and medically effective alternative to having a family.
As many families still strive to build their families they are also becoming more educated on the decisions that come with fertility treatments. This is just another option for those looking to build their families or for those looking to help others build their family. Making an educated decision is the best thing a patient can do with the guidance of their Doctor. Read more here on the registry.