Oocyte or embryo donation to women of advanced age a committee opinion

Capsule:
This document discusses the ethical issues surrounding donation of embryos or oocytes to women of advanced age.

Author:
Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 100, Issue 2, Pages 337-340, August 2013

Abstract:

Physicians should obtain a complete medical evaluation before deciding to attempt transfer of embryos to any woman over age 50. Embryo transfer should be strongly discouraged or denied to any woman over age 50 with underlying issues that could increase or further obstetrical risks and discouraged in women over age 55 without such issues. This statement replaces the earlier ASRM Ethics Committee statement titled, “Oocyte donation to postmenopausal women,” last published in 2004 (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S254–5).

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