Relinquishing frozen embryos for conception by infertile couples

Fam Syst Health. 2010 Sep;28(3):258-73. doi: 10.1037/a0020002.


This qualitative study sought to provide an in-depth understanding of the experiences of couples who have relinquished their stored frozen embryos to one or more infertile couples. All couples were recruited through a U.S. based not-for-profit, prolife, Christian "embryo adoption" agency. In-depth semistructured interviews were undertaken via e-mail. Implications for practice strategies, including effective ways for educating couples with surplus frozen embryos are offered.

MeSH terms

  • Cryopreservation*
  • Electronic Mail
  • Embryo Disposition* / psychology
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Family Characteristics
  • Humans
  • Infertility*
  • Interviews as Topic