If you’re wondering how to stay organized during assisted reproduction, consider how people make weddings happen. These days, you probably wouldn’t even think to coordinate all the moving parts of a wedding without a wedding planner; there’s the venue, the flowers, the catering, the limousine, the emotional attendants, and much more.
If you are considering an egg donor pregnancy, rest assured that, physically speaking, an egg donor pregnancy won’t feel any different than pregnancy with your own egg. You’ll experience the same joys and excitement that accompany most other pregnancies. The only difference is that, medically speaking, you may be asked to attend additional prenatal screenings to ensure your pregnancy is a healthy one. Here are three positive experiences to expect during your (egg donor) pregnancy:
Though surrogacy law can vary from one state to another in the U.S., there are countries where gestational surrogacy, or even surrogacy generally, is entirely prohibited. When surrogacy isn’t allowed, it can leave those couples and individuals who are relying on this form of third-party reproduction to build their families in the lurch. In order to have a child in the manner they desire, international couples will need to travel to countries that are surrogacy friendly, often the United States.
Have you decided to end fertility treatment? Sometimes, even with modern reproductive technology, an infertility diagnosis or medical issue can continue to prevent families from growing. Couples and individuals who have reached this point can have the option of choosing third-party reproduction in order to have children. Third-party reproduction refers to egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational surrogacy.
One of the first questions potential egg donors often ask after learning about the egg donation process is, “Will it hurt to donate my eggs?”
After intended parents are matched with a gestational surrogate and before any of the medical procedures involved in surrogacy take place, both parties will form and agree to a surrogacy contract. At this stage, the intended parents work with their legal representation and the gestational surrogate will do the same with hers in order to work out an agreement all parties favor.
In short, no. Gestational surrogacy agreements are not legal in all 50 states. In the U.S., it is up to individual states to determine the legality of surrogacy agreements, which is why you will find that laws vary widely from one state to the next.
At Fertility SOURCE Companies, we recognize that transitioning to egg donation when you might have hoped to conceive without third-party reproduction, or even fertility treatment, is difficult. Unless you were already aware of a fertility issue or are LGBTQ, it’s unlikely that you ever expected to need an egg donor in order to have a baby.
Gestational surrogacy has become increasingly well-known in the past decade, particularly the past five years. Surrogacy arrangements now make common appearances across television shows and movies, and the legality of gay marriage in the U.S. in 2015 made legal issues that once created painful complications for LGBT couples and individuals null and void.
As a proud sponsor of Men Having Babies, Fertility SOURCE Companies is excited to attend the organization’s January 13-14 conference in San Francisco. We look forward to the event, and we hope you’ll consider joining us.