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age 39 - can I donate frozen embies?


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#1 Sarah117

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:44 PM

Hello,

I am preparing for my first IVF, and I am 39. I was just wondering, if there are numerous embies, and we freeze them, could I donate them later, or am I too old? If we decided that one child is all we needed, do I then have to destroy them?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 09:10 PM

My understanding is that most clinics have a cut off age for embryo donation - I've never seen one above 35, but it wouldn't hurt to ask your clinic about their specific policies.Most clinics offer the option to donate your eggs and/or embryos to research as well; I don't think there are age restrictions on that.

Fingers crossed you are lucky enough to have multiple embryos and have some qualify for freezing and donation.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 10:36 PM

Hello Sarah,

I don't know the answer to your question so I will defer to what Mouse said. (Oh, hey just realised this is the Ask the Embryologist section, lol. Peter will know. :) )

I just wanted to say that I love the "Never, never, never give up" icon you added to your signature. Thank you. It means a lot to me & is also inspirational.

#4 Sarah117

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:33 PM

Thanks for your replies - I thought that most likely I couldn't donate, but I will deal with that when I get there. The thing is, there are so many women that are looking for donor eggs, it seems a shame that they can't be used.

Gibasgirl - glad the quote gives you inspiration - it does for me too, and it applies so well to our circumstances.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:34 PM

Hello,

I am preparing for my first IVF, and I am 39. I was just wondering, if there are numerous embies, and we freeze them, could I donate them later, or am I too old? If we decided that one child is all we needed, do I then have to destroy them?

Looking forward to your reply,


It is very commendable to consider donation of embryos and I am fairly sure that your age is not an issue. The other option is to donate to research.

Good luck!

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