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Using fertile couples as embryo donors: An ethical dilemma.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Iranian journal of reproductive medicine
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
3
Pages
169–174
Identifiers
PMID: 24799876
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Donation
  • Embryo
  • Ethical
  • Fertile Couples
  • Frozen Embryo
  • Gamete
  • Legal
  • Religious

Abstract

The use of donated embryos has offered hope for infertile couples who have no other means to have children. In Iran, fertility centers use fertile couples as embryo donors. In this paper, the advantages and disadvantages of this procedure will be discussed. We conclude that embryo-donation should be performed with frozen embryos thus preventing healthy donors from being harmed by fertility drugs. There must be guidelines for choosing the appropriate donor families. In countries where commercial egg donation is acceptable, fertile couples can be procured as embryo donors thus fulfilling the possible shortage of good quality embryos. Using frozen embryos seems to have less ethical, religious and legal problems when compared to the use of fertile embryo donors.

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