Embryo adoption provides option for couples facing infertility
3/17/2016 3:17 PM
When it comes to fertility care, there are many options available. When couples are having a hard time conceiving a baby, they will often start with In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, where mature eggs are retrieved and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Some couples need donor egg or sperm, and others will opt for a donor embryo.
Donor embryos come from couples who have completed their families and give any remaining embryos to embryo banks. When a couple opts to use a donor embryo, it’s called “embryo adoption,” and a woman who is not tied to the child biologically carries the pregnancy.
It’s a very special relationship. Many couples want a child, and as strong as that biological tie is, sometimes that’s just not possible because of health conditions and other circumstances.
A lot of women really want to experience the bonding that comes with pregnancy, childbirth and the option to be able to breastfeed their child. Her body will also have an impact on turning on and off certain types of genes during a process called imprinting.
Third-party reproduction provides some nice options for people who choose to build their family in that way. For more information about fertility care, visit www.fertility-texas.com.
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About the Author
Susan Hudson, MD, is a board certified fertility specialist. She founded the Fertility Institute of Texas because she wanted to provide a more caring and personalized source for infertility treatment to the residents of South Central Texas.