Archive for the ‘Third Party Reproduction’ Category

Buyer Beware: Not All Donor Sperm are Fully Tested

February 29, 2012Carole 3 Comments »

A recent news story out of Fort Worth Texas, Parents Sue Cryogenic Center Over Child’s Cystic Fibrosis ,brought to light a risk that many patients using sperm donors should be aware of. More importantly, it exposes the weak oversight of reproductive technology by both state and federal agencies that are charged with protecting the public’s health. […]

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IVF Frontier: Preventing the Inheritance of Mitochondrial Diseases

February 23, 2012Carole No Comments »

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of IVF embryos has moved into the mainstream of reproductive medicine. Genetic testing of IVF embryos for known genetic diseases allows the clinician to identify, before implantation, those embryos that carry the genetic mutation for disease. Using this information, patients can choose to have transferred only embryos without the disease gene. […]

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Unintended consequences of anonymous sperm donation

November 21, 2011Carole 4 Comments »

Every week, we field questions about using sperm donors from patients who can’t have a child unless they can use donor sperm and most buy sperm from a commercial sperm bank. They may be a married couple in which the man does not produce sperm or had a vasectomy that he doesn’t want to reverse […]

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What’s the difference between a sperm bank and a “donorsexual”?

October 8, 2011Carole 3 Comments »

Newsweek’s cover this week had an adorable baby with the headline, “You got your sperm where? How to get pregnant, fast, cheap -and in public“. Wow, talk about an eye grabber. In this article you meet a 40 year old virgin who calls himself a “donorsexual” and gives his sperm away (in a cup) to […]

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Gestational Surrogacy: Why not for money?

March 22, 2011Carole No Comments »

Washington state is considering a new bill that would make paying a gestational surrogate legal. Currently, surrogates in Washington could be compensated for expenses, but payment for gestational services is illegal. States vary widely in their legal perception of surrogacy. You can find a state by state description on the All about website. Many […]

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A love story for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011Carole 1 Comment »

The Chicago Tribune published this story about a 61 year old woman who gave birth to her own grandson. Unconventional certainly, but clearly an act of love by a mother that allowed her daughter and son-in-law to have a biological child- her first grandchild. Her daughter and son-in-law had tried IVF for many years and […]

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Is IVF dangerous to your health?

January 31, 2011Carole 1 Comment »

The British Medical Journal published an article (27 January 2011) which shines a light on a rare and largely avoidable complication from IVF, namely death. Although extremely rare, the European study found more maternal deaths occurred in 100,000 IVF pregnancies (42) compared to non-IVF pregnancies (6). The causes of these IVF-related death were related to […]

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Happy New Year from Fertility Lab Insider!!

January 4, 2011Carole No Comments »

Happy New Year! I hope this new year is a year of resolution of infertility for each and every one of you who are suffering from infertility. As difficult as it is, infertility is not a permanent condition, but a life passage. Everyone with infertility moves on to parenting by some means or adapts to […]

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Global Outsourcing of IVF

December 13, 2010Carole 2 Comments »

I touched on the topic of medical tourism in a previous post, Affordable IVF?, in which I talked about “IVF Vacations” and patients seeking IVF outside the US because it was less expensive.  But this practice has expanded considerably for patients who need donor eggs or sperm or the services of a gestational surrogate to […]

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Gestational Surrogacy: it’s complicated for everybody

October 18, 2010Carole 2 Comments »

I came across the article, Military Wives Turn to Surrogacy: Labor of Love or Financial Boost? and it annoyed me. I realize that the title and the article are meant to be provocative and this one is just a revival of an old story for a slow news cycle. There have also been other almost […]

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