Egg storage and discarding
Will my eggs be stored on site or shipped to a long-term storage facility?
Some programs do not maintain frozen eggs on site, but use long-term storage facilities that charge a separate storage fee. We store your eggs on site in liquid nitrogen tanks kept in our laboratory. While we do not anticipate this situation will change, if circumstances make it necessary to ship eggs to a long-term storage site we will notify you well in advance so you can decide if you would like to have your eggs stored at a facility of your choice.
What happens to my eggs if I want them discarded, or if I die?
If you decide you no longer want to have your eggs stored, and would like to discard them, we ask that you sign a release form that tells us that you want to have your eggs discarded. Your signature needs to be witnessed by either a staff member or a certified notary public. Upon receipt of the signed consent the eggs are then discarded. We encourage anyone discarding their eggs to be present at our facility when the eggs are discarded. We have found that patients are more comfortable when they actually witness that the eggs have been discarded.
If you die and have eggs stored, we will discard the eggs upon being notified of your death.