In vitro maturation (IVM) is fertility treatment where a woman’s ovaries are minimally stimulated with fertility drugs to produce multiple eggs which are retrieved when they are not yet mature. Unlike IVF, the eggs are matured outside the ovaries, in the lab. The eggs are then fertilized by injecting one sperm directly into the egg – a process known as ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus.
Several years ago, a good friend decided to move ahead with egg donation after much soul searching. She asked for my help. She is Chinese, her husband Caucasian, and they really didn’t know where to get started - how to seek out a Chinese egg donor whose ethnicity was the same as hers. At the time, finding an Asian egg donor wasn’t easy, and as a result many available donors were commanding a high fee. Today, many donor egg agencies and fertility clinics advertise their availability of Asian donors and specifically recruit them. Once you get over the hurdle of accepting that you’ll need an egg donor to have a baby, it’s gotten easier to find one who matches your ethnicity requirements.
Weight can seriously affect a couple’s chance of getting pregnant. Twelve percent of all infertility issues are weight related and being overweight or underweight has unique consequences for men and women. The goal of fertility specialists is to understand the relationship between weight and infertility with each fertility patient and then work to eliminate non-disease factors.
A surrogacy case gone wrong in Great Brittian once again makes the case that you must protect yourself.
a blog by Suzanne Rico, March 12, 2014
Surrogacy is not for the faint of heart. As a mother who carried her first child to term and used a surrogate for the second, I am intimately familiar with the risks—and rewards—of having someone else carry your child. But as someone who was also a “do-it-yourself-er”—meaning I did not use a surrogacy agency—the story of a child in Great Britain who, effectively, now has two mothers after an independent surrogacy arrangement went sideways, is frightening.
written in partnership with Southern California Reproductive Center March 7, 2014
Increasingly, LGBT women and men are having biological families. We spoke with the doctors at Southern California Reproductive Center, to get answers to top questions on how to get started building your family if you are in a same sex relationship, are transgendered, or have a transgendered partner.