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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

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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

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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.

Embryo Adoption Awareness Center:

Salem Family:
Adéye's Blog
Anthony's Blog

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15th

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a nationally recognized day that began in 1988 as a way to offer families time to remember the babies they have lost. Families around the world who have suffered from the loss of a pregnancy or infant are encouraged to light a candle on October 15th at 7pm to create a continuous wave of light around the world in remembrance of those lives lost.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Embryo Adoption May be an Option After Cancer Treatment

Roughly 12% of women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. While more and more treatment options are becoming available, some of the most common treatments today for breast cancer can result in fertility problems. The news that you may not be able to conceive a child could be an especially devastating moment for any woman who hoped to be a mother one day. A cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean you are without options, though. Dr. Jennifer Litton, a writer for, wrote an article about post-cancer infertility and cited different options that women have when searching for fertility solutions after they’ve been treated for cancer.

Dr. Litton writes about five options, including egg and embryo freezing, ovarian tissue freezing, ovarian suppression, surrogacy, and adoption. One option she left off of the list is embryo adoption. Many of the options cited require a woman to act before her cancer treatment begins (such as freezing eggs), and some women may not have time to wait to have a procedure done due to the demands of their treatment protocol. The cost of some of these fertility options can be prohibitively expensive, too. Embryo adoption gives women the chance to give life to a child when their cancer treatment would otherwise prevent it.

Embryo adoption doesn’t require a woman to do any long term planning before her cancer treatment. Instead, once she is healthy and medically cleared to become pregnant, she can begin the adoption process of one of the over 600,000 frozen embryos currently in storage in the United States. While there are fees involved in the adoption process, they are considerably less than In Vitro Fertilization, making embryo adoption an affordable alternative to IVF. This could be the chance at motherhood that many women thought cancer had taken from them.

If you’d like to learn more about embryo adoption, visit

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