Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Fertility News: Egg Freezing – a Dilemma or a Gift?

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Fertility News: Egg Freezing – a Dilemma or a Gift?

Egg freezing certainly seems like an option for many women who want to put off their child bearing years while they further their career – which is why we have seen some big companies offering that as a benefit to their employees, like Facebook and Apple.

However, is egg freezing the wonder drug of sorts to extend our fertility?  We found this interesting article on Nautilus entitled Why Egg Freezing is an Impossible Choice, and we thought you would enjoy.

Last fall, I went to an egg freezing cocktail hour. The downstairs bar of the glossy SoHo hotel was thronged with women in heels and sleek business attire. Club music thumped, cameras flashed, and I narrowly missed being hit by a videographer angling a tripod over the crowd. The evening was hosted by Eggbanxx, a startup that sells financing for egg freezing, framed as fertility insurance for the forward-thinking urban professional woman.

At the bar, where they were serving up free “Banxxtini” cocktails, I spoke with a 27-year-old who was “95 percent sure” she would freeze her eggs and a 36-year-old data scientist who claimed to be “skeptical.” Together, we filed into a screening room adjoining the bar, where three New York-area endocrinologists lectured us on a new technique that, they claimed, could freeze our reproductive chances in time. Female fertility declines sharply at 37, due to a decline in the quantity and quality of eggs. But when women use fresh eggs from a young donor in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle—a process in which fresh eggs are harvested from the donor, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus—live birth rates rise across ages to 56 percent.1 Now, thanks to a new freezing technology, women could become their own future egg donors, rather than relying on the fresh eggs of another, younger donor. “It’s good to be empowered as a woman,” beamed Janelle Luk, a doctor at Neway Fertility.

Read more here about Why Egg Freezing is an Impossible Choice.

Conceptual Options  & Egg Freezing

Conceptual Options & Egg Freezing

 

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Partnering for Parenthood With You

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Partnering for Parenthood With You

Conceptual Options is in its 16th year of business, and throughout that time we have maintained a high level of confidentiality, as well as professionalism and compassion to all of our intended parents trying to achieve a pregnancy.

We are dedicated to helping build your family through surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation – regardless of your location, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Conceptual Options has the experience and reputation to fully assist and oversee your successful egg donation, sperm donation, or surrogacy arrangement by minimizing risks in your most precious investment.

We should know – we have been making families a reality since 1999.

For more information about how Conceptual Options can help you create your family, please go to our website at www.conceptualoptions.com or call us directly at 858.748.4222.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Egg Donation Agency

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Egg Donation Agency

Conceptual Options IVF News: How One Woman Judged Other Women Using IVF

Conceptual Options IVF News: How One Woman Judged Other Women Using IVF

We just found this deeply touching article in Time magazine that explains how one woman chose to go through IVF so soon after her mother died of cancer.  In fact, she also talks about the stigma that goes along with IVF by describing her own judgment against those using IVF.

According to Times Magazine and Beth Ford Roth,

Word gets around when you’ve had IVF, and I often get asked for advice from friends, and friends of friends, whether in vitro is really worth it – worth the steep price tag, the physical pain, the emotional roller coaster. Despite my less than ideal experience with IVF, I tell these women it is their opportunity to take control of their bodies and their desire for a family.

I cringe at the thought of how judgmental I used to be toward women who had their children through IVF. In my 20s, I viewed celebrities as terribly selfish to undergo expensive fertility treatments when (I believed) there were so many adoptable babies who needed homes.

But there are no guarantees with adoption. A birth mother can change her mind. With international adoption (an avenue we pursued for a year) timetables change and foreign governments can alter the rules in the middle of the process. There’s also the completely natural desire to have a child that carries on your family’s traits. I often dreamed that my baby would have my mother’s warm, cat-shaped brown eyes, or my husband’s fierce intellect.

It is funny how experience changes one’s perspective.

Read more here about Beth Ann Roth and her past judgment against IVF.

Conceptual Options IVF News

Conceptual Options IVF News

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Their Controversial Views

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Their Controversial Views

Italian designers, Dolce and Gabbana caused quite a stir this week when they were quoted as saying that children should only be created out of love between a man and a woman and that children created via IVF and surrogacy were synthetic. In fact, the quote is detailed here,

“You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce said. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”

And Elton John, Madonna and many others celebs have fired back at their “archaic thinking.”  John stated the following,

“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,'” John wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.”

What do you think?  Do they all have the right to give their opinions?  Is a boycott in order?  Elton John certainly thinks so.

Read more here about the boycott heard around the world.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News - Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Synthetic Babies

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News – Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Synthetic Babies

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian Reveals Surrogacy Plans

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian Reveals Surrogacy Plans

According to Kim Kardashian in a new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she may need to use a surrogate to have her next child with husband, Kanye West.  Although we here at Conceptual Options know how hard it is for someone to make this decision, Kim Kardashian’s visability and

According to the Mirror,

Kim Kardashian has revealed that she may have to use a surrogate for her next child.

The reality TV superstar – who is married to rapper Kanye West – made the frank admission on the new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Spending the premiere episode ‘exhausted’ due to the frequent attempts to get pregnant the old fashioned way, Kim admitted that she was ‘moody’ due to all the sex and she might have to use the services of a surrogate.

At the end of the episode, Kim openly admitted that she “might have to try a surrogate.”

Read more here about Kim Kardashian’s surrogacy plans.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Becoming a Surrogate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Becoming a Surrogate

“With my short life I am changing the lives of families for the better. I don’t know what you are doing with your life, but this is what I’m doing with mine.” 
-A Conceptual Options surrogate

Being a surrogate is not something that everyone may want to do, and it is definitely not something that everyone can do, especially if you are a surrogate for Conceptual Options.   At Conceptual Options only about 4% of all women that apply to become a surrogate are chosen for their program, but considering that a surrogate is someone who will be
carrying a child (or children) for someone else,  it is a big commitment.

Conceptual Options has a rigorous vetting process for every woman that applies to become a surrogate with their agency; to begin a potential surrogate must have previously delivered at least one healthy child without any complications during her pregnancy. While also be willing to be completely committed to their potential intended parents and adhere to Conceptual Options strict screening and counseling protocols. Which includes a lengthy
application with in person interviews, psychological testing, psychological evaluation, infectious disease screening, medical records evaluation, and a criminal background check.

If you think you are prepared to undergo these evaluations and screening process, Conceptual Options’ staff will guide you through the entire process making sure that you are well informed and comfortable the entire time.  After all, becoming a surrogate is a huge commitment not only because of the time and physical commitment, but also the
mental commitment.  And Conceptual Options wants to ensure that your experience is the true five star experience that we strive for every single day.

Conceptual Options - Becoming a Surrogate

Conceptual Options – Becoming a Surrogate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: The Golden State of Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: The Golden State of Surrogacy

People often ask: “Why is California the best place for surrogacy? Can’t we just do the whole thing in our home country/state?” Well, California, especially Southern California is the best place for surrogacy because our state has the best laws in place for both Intended Parents and Surrogates.  California does not make intended parents “adopt”
their child born through surrogacy like many other states do; and it is not illegal, like it is in countries such as China.

In California, the intended parents automatically go on the birth certificate once their child (or children) is born, which means that the surrogate never goes on the birth certificate and in the eyes of the law (both here and in your home country) you are your child’s only parent(s). Furthermore, unlike other countries or states homosexual couples, single parents, and heterosexual couples are all treated the same when it comes to surrogacy and having their names appear on their child’s birth certificate.

California laws do not just protect the interests of intended parents though; they also protect the interests of surrogates to ensure that they are protected legally throughout their entire pregnancy. After all, California is the golden state and we truly offer the gold standard of service to all of our clients.  Conceptual Options, especially, is located in multiple Southern California locations that make it easy for both domestic and international intended parents to visit our offices and experience the personalize experience that we offer to every client no matter their nationality or sexuality.

Conceptual Options - Golden State for Surrogacy

Conceptual Options – Golden State for Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency in the News – Couples Have More Options with Surrogacy: Conceptual Options

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency in the News – Couples Have More Options with Surrogacy: Conceptual Options

Conceptual Options has been featured in our local Union Tribune about options for couples to creating their family.

According to the UT,

Saira Jhutty, CEO of San Diego’s Conceptual Options, a surrogacy agency, said to be matched with a surrogate, questions are asked of both parties. Many then meet in person or via Skype, but the majority meet face-to-face.

She said her agency has roughly 30 active surrogates in its database. In general, women who want to be surrogates have already had at least one full-term pregnancy of their own and they must be in good health. They – and their spouses, if they are married – must also be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

At agencies such as Conceptual Options, Jhutty said only about 4 percent of women who are interested in serving as surrogates are accepted. Before being added to the agency’s database, potential surrogates must also meet with an in-house psychologist for a six- to eight-hour evaluation, and their medical records are sent to an IVF center to be reviewed and screened.

“It takes a special person to be a surrogate,” Jhutty said.

Before attempting pregnancy, Buchi said the intended parents and the surrogate must have their own attorneys – usually specialists in third-party pregnancy – draft detailed documents that outline every aspect of the pregnancy, labor and post-birth.

She said legal documents address everything including things like what’s done if the child has a genetic issue and the intended parents want to terminate the pregnancy. There are also details to agree on, such as who’s first to hold the baby, whether the surrogate will provide breast milk and whether the baby will go back and forth between a surrogate and the intended parents in the hospital post-delivery.

By the end of the first trimester, Jhutty said a pre-birth order is drafted legally stating the child belongs to the intended parents and the surrogate is not the mother, so when the baby is born, the surrogate is not the one with legal power over medical decisions.

The cost of using a surrogate varies from family to family. Surrogates are generally compensated and there are also legal and medical costs involved, such as genetic testing before pregnancy. Also, Buchi said some intended parents take the surrogate under their wing and provide meals, housing, health care and anything else to make life comfortable. Others might have a hands-off relationship with a surrogate who lives out-of-state and has her own health insurance.

In addition, couples who need a donor sperm or egg to create an embryo to be implanted in the surrogate will also face additional costs.

Lawson said an average surrogacy where an agency is used can range from $80,000 to $125,000.

“Many factors can affect the cost range,” she said. “We do our best to help those involved to understand all the costs.”

During pregnancy and beyond, Jhutty said intended parents and surrogates have a range of relationship options with their surrogate. For instance, she said some parents send photos of the child to the surrogate and maintain contact, while others don’t even tell their families they’re using a surrogate. She said before pregnancy, parents and surrogates are matched partially based on what they want the relationship to look like both before and after birth.

And while she said there can be misunderstandings about what happens when a surrogate is used — such as a surrogate being taken advantage of or a surrogate wanting to keep the baby — she said such instances are rare and typically only happen when parents don’t use an agency, don’t have a legal contract or a surrogate doesn’t undergo psychological testing or counseling.

“If it’s done correctly, you can have a very happy and successful result,” she said.

That’s something Lawson — whose daughters are now 5 and almost 2 — has experienced firsthand. She said she stays friendly and keeps in contact with both women who carried her daughters.

“They were both lovely women who gave my husband and me the most precious gifts in the world,” she said.

Read more here about Couples Have More Options with Surrogacy: Conceptual Options.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Couples Have More Options

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Couples Have More Options

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency & Egg Donation Agency News: Ireland Moves to Ban Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency & Egg Donation Agency News: Ireland Moves to Ban Surrogacy

According to BioNews,

The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has announced there will be new draft legislation to regulate surrogacy in Ireland – five months after surrogacy provisions proposed in January last year were dropped from a Bill currently before the Oireachtas.

The proposals will form part of broader draft legislation on assisted conception to be introduced at a later date and include a simpler process for transferring parentage, as well as a ban on commercial surrogacy. There is currently no legislation regulating surrogacy in Ireland and intended mothers must adopt children born through surrogacy to become their legal parents, even if they use their own eggs.

Under the proposals, the birth mother will continue to be automatically listed on the child’s birth certificate, but the courts will be able to transfer parentage to the child’s genetic parents and the birth cert re-issued. The birth mother may retract her consent to transfer parentage anytime up until the point of transfer.

The proposals also include penalties for commercial surrogacy but will not disentitle the genetic child of two Irish parents the right to citizenship, even if they have used surrogacy services abroad. The fact that parents may engage in commercial surrogacy in another country is ‘not the fault of the child’, said Varadkar. He explained that penalties will apply to ‘middle men and the agents’ of commercial surrogacy.

Read more here about Ireland to ban surrogacy.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Ireland

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Ireland