Why is consent to treatment so important?
Quite simply, because it has serious implications for how your embryos, eggs or sperm are used and, in some cases, who is considered to be a legal parent to your child.
Mistakes with consent to treatment have, for example, led to people having to go to court for permission to use the embryos they created with their deceased partner.
In other cases, embryos, eggs or sperm have been destroyed because proper consent to storage wasn’t given.
Problems with legal parenthood have led to couples having to go to court so that legal parenthood can be declared or, in rare cases, so that the parent without legal parenthood can adopt their child.
It is an essential part of your treatment and together with your clinic you should make sure you fully understand all the issues before giving your consent.