This time of year is a struggle for so many. And for single women who long to start a family, particularly those facing the challenges of fertility over 40, it can be especially difficult. A woman wrote recently on the Choice Mom discussion board that she was giving up hope. She was unhappy about the…
Embryo donation is the process of using embryos that have been created during an IVF treatment, but not selected for implantation — the couple or individual who has decided they are now done building their family has the choice to donate those remaining embryos for others to use. Originally, these embryos were largely stored by…
Discussions are beginning next week by the ethics committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine about potential policies involving embryo donation. At the heart of these discussions is the question whether it is morally acceptable for fertility clinics to create embryos specifically for the purpose of selling them.
A woman on a Choice Mom discussion board for women over 40 recently wrote that after nine failed IUIs she was considering embryo donation. She was considering one particular agency, and looking for input.
Choice Moms has recently started conversation with Embryo Donation International, which actively works with single women and lesbians who have neither viable eggs or sperm with which to start a family.
As I begin exploring the area of embryo adoption for the Choice Mom community, I am finding partners in the area who can talk us through the wide open frontier it seems to be right now. Here are my notes from one recent conversation.
If you have used eggs and sperm to create embryos outside of your body, as a growing number of families have done because of fertility challenges, the question naturally arises about what to do with the frozen embryos remaining in storage.
More Choice Moms are looking into embryo donation these days, perhaps because international adoption doors once open to single women seem closed right now because of protracted governmental regulatory issues. Here are a few things you should know about this growing family-building option: