True. Today you decide to freeze your eggs because you want to keep your fertility intact just as it is at present and prevent it from being altered by the passing of time. As of today, you don’t have a clear idea about whether to get pregnant and become a mother in the near future and egg freezing may be the solution.
However, time can change the way you see things and it is possible that in the future, you may change your mind. What would happen to your frozen eggs? Spanish law provides for this option, and if at a future date you don’t wish to use your cryopreserved oocytes, you have 3 alternatives.
- a) Donation for reproductive purposes: you can donate your eggs to other women, provided you are not aged over 35 years at the time of freezing.
- b) Donation for research purposes: you can donate your eggs to science for research in the field of assisted reproduction.
- c) Termination of Preservation: you can withdraw your eggs from cryopreservation and not make use of any of them. This last option shall only be applicable when the maximum period for preservation established by law has ended, without having chosen one of the other options.
In any case, you will choose the purpose to which your eggs are put, provided it is within the legal framework established by Spanish law. To choose any of the three options provided by law, you must sign an informed consent form to confirm it. If you change your mind before the consent takes effect, it can be modified.