Thursday, June 13, 2024

Frozen Embryos

"How Can You Part With the Embryo That Could Have Been Your Child?"

Deciding what to do with the leftovers can be surprisingly emotional and morally thorny; even those who are not religious or who support reproductive autonomy might still feel a sense of responsibility for their embryos. 

So some patients are turning to a lesser-known alternative: a method called "compassionate transfer." The procedure is essentially an elaborate form of medical make-believe, in which clinicians place a spare embryo in a patient's body at a time in her menstrual cycle when she is unlikely to get pregnant. It mimics the steps of a traditional embryo transfer, but here, it's designed to fail; the embryo will naturally flush out.