When our donor, Jessica, went through the egg retrieval, we retrieved 12 eggs. Not a huge amount when compared to some others but they were pretty good quality. Of the 12 eggs they all fertilised and by day 5 we were down to 3 embryos each (with each day that passes it is normal for some embryos to stop developing). I can't remember the quality but we implanted the best two, they both implanted and grew which is pretty obvious we have our twins ;-)
That means that for the maths gurus out there you know we have 4 that remain frozen. So, one thing that we need to figure out is, what do we do with those embryos! We basically have 4 choices:
- use them and have more children (which I would do if we won the lottery but we haven't.... yet);
- donate them to someone who is looking for donated embryos;
- discard them, or basically, just throw them away;
- let the clinic use them for science.
It's a tough one, we haven't made up our minds and we'll probably procrastinate for yet more time - they can stay frozen for many years more, 7 years and counting!
BUT the one thing that we do have to do is to update our wills to reflect what our ultimate decision is because if anything were to happen to us then our children would have to make a decision for us and I'm not sure that's fair.