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Friday, October 24, 2014

Hanging on to Hope

For some, it takes a lot of courage to write a blog – especially when it’s about the loss of a pregnancy.

October 15 was National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, and Monica Orzechowski didn’t know it until she was scrolling through her Facebook feed. Monica and her husband have been through years of fertility treatments, and more recently, the couple went through the process of embryo adoption. Two weeks after their frozen embryo transfer the couple received news they didn’t want to hear.

Read about Monica’s journey in her latest blog post.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Infertility Isn’t Just a Female Problem

Many people think of infertility as a problem primarily affecting women but that’s not actually the case. Infertility issues are pretty evenly divided between male and female partners, with about one third of cases due to female infertility and about one third of cases due to male infertility issues (the remaining third are due to both partners or because of unknown causes). A low sperm count is the most common cause of male infertility, which has no obvious symptom. That’s why when a couple is experiencing trouble conceiving, it is important that both partners are examined for potential issues.

There are numerous physical, environmental, and lifestyle factors which can cause a man to have a low sperm count. Your fertility doctor can help you look for these potential problem areas and offer solutions to help increase your sperm count and boost your chances of conceiving naturally. Changes could include altering your diet, losing weight, and possibly changing your medications. Many men find counseling to be helpful when dealing with infertility, too, as it helps them stay connected to their partner and deal with any emotional issues that arise.

Another thing that is helpful for many men is to discuss alternative options for becoming a parent with their partner. Talk to each other about what you would want to do if you cannot conceive naturally. What are your emotional, physical, and financial limits when it comes to becoming parents? Many couples who have trouble conceiving consider in vitro fertilization (IVF), but this is certainly not the only option available to you. Look into IVF alternatives like embryo adoption, which offers parents the chance to experience the joys of pregnancy and the miracle of birth with their adopted child. Fertility issues don’t mean the end of your opportunity to become a father. If you would like to learn more about embryo adoption, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Why Does Your Fertility Decline With Age?

For many women, having a child during their most fertile years (between ages 20 and 24) isn’t the ideal time to become a mother. Unfortunately, many women discover that by the time they are ready to have a baby, their fertility is on the decline. Whereas most couples will conceive a child within the first year that they cease using contraceptives and are having sex three or more times a week, women over the age of 35 will have a much more difficult time conceiving a child without the help of a fertility doctor.

As a woman, you are born with all of the eggs you will have in your lifetime. That means as you age, the number of eggs you have in reserve diminishes, and their quality begins to decrease as well. The viability of your eggs begins to diminish after you turn 30 and begins to rapidly diminish after the age of 35. Your periods may become more irregular as you age, too, meaning your ovulation is less predictable, while some women begin menopause early, stopping their cycle altogether. By age 40, only 2 out of 5 women who wish to become pregnant will be able to conceive a child through natural methods. That’s why more women over the age of 35 are turning to alternative methods to conceive a child, including purchasing human eggs for their in vitro fertilization treatments as their own eggs are no longer viable.

Of course, in vitro isn’t the only option for women who are seeking to experience the joy of carrying a child. Embryo adoption is one of the IVF alternatives available to couple who are considering purchasing donated human eggs. These embryos come from couples who have undergone their own IVF treatments, and have completed their family building and are donating their remaining embryos to a family who would love to give these embryos the chance at life. If you are a woman over 30 who is finding is difficult to conceive a child and would like to learn more about embryo adoption, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Say No to Donor Eggs and YES To Remaining Frozen Embryos

When couples experience difficulty conceiving a child naturally, they often turn to alternative methods to help them realize their dreams of becoming parents. For couples dealing with female infertility issues, they may consider purchasing donor eggs to be used for in vitro fertilization. However, this can turn into a lengthy and expensive process. There are a limited number of women out there willing to sell their eggs, and the standards for acceptable egg donors is very high. Donors with high grade point averages, good college entrance exam scores, and athletic abilities can be compensated as much as $40,000 for their eggs. Much of that money is spent before you even know if your donor is going to be able to produce enough eggs to allow for a successful in vitro fertilization process (which you will also be paying for).

For couples with unlimited time and resources, this could be a viable option. However, there are many couples who want to become parents who simply don’t have the resources required to purchase eggs from a donor. One alternative option is embryo adoption. Embryos are eggs that have already been fertilized and are waiting for the chance at life. There are over 600,000 in frozen storage across the United States. They are donated by couples who have gone through the in vitro fertilization process and have completed their family, and now they want to give the opportunity to other couples to become parents to their remaining embryos.

Embryo adoption can be much more affordable for a couple, too. The embryos are not bought and sold, but instead go through an adoption process. The costs involved are an agency fee, the cost of the medical procedure, and the cost of the home study. You can learn more about the cost of adopting an embryo by visiting www.emrbyoadoption.org.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Nine Children and a New Destiny

Adéye and Anthony Salem have nine children, but their family is not yet complete. This Northern Colorado couple has chosen to adopt four human embryos.

You may be curious why Adéye and Anthony chose to add new members to their family through embryo adoption. The couple shares their story and their decision in this video:



Adéye and Anthony would like to share their journey with you. Follow along on social media – both through the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, as well as the Salem family’s personal pages.

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