Third Party Reproduction

The following articles look at different treatments and methods available for Third Party Reproduction.

What do we tell the kids?
If you have used third party reproduction to build your family, one of the difficult challenges you may be facing is what to tell your child about his or her genetic origins. And if you decide to tell, the questions become when and how much and how?
Egg Donation
About 15% of all IVF procedures are done with donated eggs. Whether mom no longer has viable eggs, has premature ovarian failure or has had a number of failed IVF attempts with her own eggs, donor eggs may be the right choice to building a family. In general, any woman with a medical or genetic indication for using an egg donor can be a recipient, if there are no medical contraindications to pregnancy.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Donor insemination is a broad term that covers any procedure which improves the chances of becoming pregnant by artificially placing semen within the womb using a syringe. The name of the specific procedure defines where the specialist actually places the sperm.
Embryo Donation
Using a donor embryo may be the best way to build your family. You can experience pregnancy and the birth of your child, be certain your unborn child receives the best prenatal care, obtain extensive genetic, medical, and social information regarding your child, and wait less time before the birth of your child than other infertility options because embryo donation short cuts the infertility treatment process by beginning with an embryo instead of an unfertilized egg and sperm.
Sperm Donor
You may need a sperm donor if a single woman without a partner would like to conceive a child, either with her own or someone else’s eggs or if a couple is struggling with male factor infertility and cannot conceive using the husband's sperm. Other couples may choose donor sperm if the male partner is a carrier of a genetic illness that they do not wish to pass along to a child...
Surrogacy
Since 1976, there have been about 25,000 surrogate births in the USA, says Shirley Zager of the Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy, a non-profit national support group. Surrogacy has come a long way since the legal drama of Mary Beth Whitehead and intended parents are much better protected than they once were, especially now that they have the option of using an egg donor instead of the surrogate’s own eggs.
 

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