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Celebrating Family: Alternative Family Building Options

November 13, 2018
By REACH Fertility

The holidays are right around the corner, and the focus on family associated with this time of year has many thinking of how they’ll build their own family. If you’re struggling with infertility, building a family the old-fashioned way may not be in the cards, but there are a variety of alternative family building options available to help you build the family of your dreams. Whether it involves the use of a donor, a surrogate, or embryo adoption, it is possible to achieve your dreams of growing your family. In this post, the fertility experts of REACH Fertility Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina go over the alternative family building options available to you.

Using A Donor

Whether you’re hoping to become a single parent or are part of a couplehave a significant other, sometimes using an egg donor or sperm donor may be necessary to help you build your family. For same sex male couples or couples in which the woman’s egg quantity or quality can make using her own eggs impossible, egg donation provides a way to achieve a healthy pregnancy. For same sex female couples or those wherein the male partner has no or low-quality sperm, using a sperm donor can do the same.

Want to know more about using sperm or egg donors to build your family? Contact us today at 888-551-0874.

 

Embarking on a Surrogacy Journey

For some couples – such as same sex males, single fathers, and those where the female partner is unable to carry a pregnancy – gestational surrogacy provides them ability to have a child which will be carried by the a third party. In these cases, either the female partner’s egg or that of an egg donor is combined with a partner’s sperm. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the gestational surrogate’s uterus. While there are higher costs and legal obstacles associated with using a gestational surrogate, it has been used to provide countless couples and individuals with the ability to build their families.

Emrbyo Adoption

When couples go through an IVF cycle, some may end up with more embryos than they need to build their families. These embryos are often stored indefinitely or destroyed – but some couples have chosen instead to donate their embryos to those who are unable to create healthy embryos themselves. If you and your partner have tried unsuccessfully to create healthy embryos that can be transferred during an IVF cycle, embryo adoption may be an option for you to consider.

Every family is unique, and there are more options available to those looking to build a family than ever before. Whether you utilize a donor, gestational surrogate, or choose to adopt an embryo, there is a way for you to achieve your dreams of a family. Are you ready to get started on your path to parenthood? Contact the fertility experts of REACH Fertility Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina at 888-551-0874 or request an appointment with one of our specialists today.