Conceptual Options Surrogacy & IVF News: “Test-Tube” Baby No Longer a Rarity
There are reports that now claim that “Test tube babies” are not that rare these days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.5% of babies born in the US are conceived using what’s called Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), of which the most common procedure is in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Though thousands of IVF cycles are done every year in the US, it’s tricky to get a sense of an individual woman’s chance of conceiving with the procedure. Graphs from the CDC show exactly how often IVF resulted in a baby for women who went through the costly treatment using their own eggs, not donor eggs. A single IVF cycle costs an average of $12,400, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and women often need multiple tries to get pregnant.
About 36% of IVF cycles result in pregnancy, and 29.4% of cycles result in a baby…
A live birth rate of about 30% for IVF cycles is really pretty respectable. A healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance of getting pregnant without assistance every month that she tries, according to the ASRM. That decreases to 5% chance each month for women aged 40.
For couples who try to conceive through IVF, a lot more is at stake financially, emotionally, and physically, even if the success rate is often better than the traditional method.
While looking at the national averages for IVF success rates is a good start for dispelling misconceptions, pregnancy and live birth rates differ from clinic to clinic, and the data don’t tell the whole story. There are many different causes of infertility, and IVF does not address the direct problem for every cause. Only a doctor can say what chance IVF has of success for a particular couple.
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Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: Sofia Vergara and the Great Embryo Debate
Apparently, Sophia Vergara from the show Modern Families is now being sued by her ex-fiancee, Nick Loeb, over the disposition of their remaining two frozen embryos.
According to CNN,
She’s one of the hottest and most successful Latinas in Hollywood, but now Sofia Vergara is playing defense in a legal battle initiated by her ex-fiance: He wants to keep the two frozen embryos from their relationship, both female…
Loeb is suing the Colombian-born actress in Los Angeles to prevent Vergara from destroying their two embryos conceived through in vitro fertilization in November 2013, according to published reports by New York Daily News and In Touch magazine.
The lawsuit cited by the two publications, however, lists the plaintiff as “Joe Doe” and the defendant as “Jane Doe.” The suit doesn’t identify the names of the actual litigants.
According to the legal paperwork, the ex-couple had already used two surrogate mothers, one being a close friend of Jane Doe’s, in an attempt to have children.
However, neither of the implantations was successful….
Owen says the lawsuit reportedly filed by Loeb will now open new issues, and a California court will have to decide to whom the embryos belong.
“These embryos are not inside her body,” he said. “They are in a nitrogen tank in a clinic in Beverly Hills, so there the Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri vs. Danforth case cannot be used by the Sofia Vergara team to allege that the (embryos) would present some danger to her health as they did in that case.”
Read more here about Sofia Vergara and the Great Embryo Debate.
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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.
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Conceptual Options Fertility News: Jaime King Opens Up About Fertility Struggles, Five Miscarriages
We absolutely love it when celebrities open up about their own fertility struggles. It helps us all speak more about it and understand that we are not alone.
Putting a face to fertility issues, Jaime King took to Instagram on Friday, July 25, to explain in detail the painful lengths she went to in order to get pregnant with her son James, now 9 months.
“For all the women out there who think they are alone in this #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkhatterrifiesus,” she captioned a picture of a long note.
In the note, King, 35, revealed that she spent eight years struggling before giving birth to James.
“8 yrs of pain & undiagnosed PSOC [Polycystic ovary syndrom] & Endometriosis,” she said. “5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF [In vitro fertilization], 26 IUIs [Intrauterine insemination], most with no outcome, 4-1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home.”
The lengthy description inspired many of King’s followers to share their own stories in the post’s comment section and to thank and praise her for her honesty.
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Postpartum Depression – Things You Can Do to Feel Better for Surrogates and Intended Mothers
Below is a list of self-help suggestions that may ease the sting of your symptoms throughout the course of your recovery. Keep in mind that you may not feel well enough to do many of the things listed here. They are, however, reminders, that you continue to hold more power than you think you do, over the way you feel while you are healing.
The most important thing for you to do right now is to follow your doctor’s treatment plan, continue to take your medication if it has been prescribed for you, and keep in touch with those close to you, letting them know how you are feeling. After that, do what you are able, no more and no less. Take small steps, try not to be too hard on yourself and take one day at a time.
- Rest when your baby sleeps.
- Let your partner know how you are feeling.
- Make your needs a priority.
- Let others know what they can do to help.
- Avoid strict or rigid schedules.
- Give yourself permission to have negative feelings.
- Screen phone calls.
- Do not expect too much from yourself right now
- Allow yourself a moment to laugh.
- Avoid overdoing anything.
- Be careful asking too many people for advice.
- Trust your instincts.
- Set limits with your guests.
- Avoid people who make you feel bad.
- Set boundaries with people you can’t avoid.
- Eat well.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Take a walk.
- Set small goals for yourself.
- Stay on all medications you have been instructed to take.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Get out of the house.
- Don’t feel guilty, it wastes energy.
- Expect some good days and some bad days.
- Prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait.
- Thank your partner for helping you.
- Don’t compare yourself to others.
- Be very specific about what you need from your partner.
- Do not blame yourself.
- Delegate household duties.
- Do the best you can. If it doesn’t feel like enough, it’s enough for now.
- Encourage your partner to seek support from friends and outside activities.
- Confide in someone you trust.
- Remind yourself that all adjustments take time.
Read more here about Postpartum Depression – Things You Can Do to Feel Better for Surrogates and Intended Mothers
Conceptual Options News: Postpartum Depression
When you find out that you are pregnant, it’s common to have fears. Your mind is probably running wild with questions concerning miscarriage and proper fetal development. It is completely normal to have these fears. Not being worried about your child is something to worry about. However, there is a fine line of healthy worrying and overboard stress worrying. This article will inform you with the facts and advice you need to move forward with your pregnancy in a reassuring way.
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“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that
something else is more important than fear.”
― Ambrose Redmoon
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy
Just having a massage is the most relaxing and feel good thing ever. Prenatal massages are so much better. There are so many benefits for having a massage during pregnancy i.e., reduces back pain, improves blood and oxygen circulation, relieves muscle tension and headaches, improves sleep (if you don’t fall asleep on the table), and stress. Once you get off the massage table you feel like a whole new woman. Just to have a 30 to 60 minute massage just brings you back to life. So today go out and get a massage!
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