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Title: Deciding the fate of supernumerary frozen embryos: a survey of couples' decisions and the factors influencing their choice.
Epworth Authors: Hammarberg, Karin
Tinney, Leesa
Keywords: Statistics
Attitude to Death
Decision Making
Embryo Culture Techniques
Embryo Transfer
Family Characteristics
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Fetal Tissue Transplantation
Stem-Cell Research
Invitro Fertilization
Supernumerary Frozen Embryos
Surplus Embryos
Embryo Disposal
Embryo Donation
Embryo Research
Statistics & Numerical Data
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Fertil Steril. 2006 Jul;86(1):86-91
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate the decisions that couples make regarding supernumerary frozen embryos, the factors influencing these decisions, and the degree of difficulty involved in reaching a decision; and to canvass attitudes toward donating embryos to stem-cell research. DESIGN: Anonymous postal survey. SETTING: A large, private IVF clinic in a major city in Victoria, Australia. PATIENT(S): A consecutive cohort of couples who contacted the Monash IVF clinic in relation to embryos in long-term storage. INTERVENTION(S): Subjects completed a survey regarding decisions about surplus frozen embryos. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Couples' decision regarding supernumerary embryos and reasons for the decision, experience of deciding, and attitudes about embryo donation for stem-cell research. RESULT(S): Forty percent (123/311) returned completed questionnaires. The most common decision was donation to research (42%). Altruistic motives and desire not to waste embryos were determinants of embryo donation. Determinants of disposal were not wanting a full sibling to existing children and opposition of embryo research. Forty-five percent found deciding distressing. The majority (69%) approved of embryo donation to stem-cell research. CONCLUSION(S): Most couples preferred embryos to come to some use rather than being disposed of. Almost half the sample reported finding the decision making distressing. A majority approved of embryo donation for stem-cell research.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.11.071
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ISSN: 0015-0282
Journal Title: Fertility and Sterility
Type: Journal Article
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
Appears in Collections:Women's and Children's

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