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A shocking number of families struggle with infertility. It takes far more than just the birds and the bees to have a child of their own, and the lengths that they go are out of this world.
Waking up and realizing that you will never be able to have a child of your own can be an incredibly damaging realization to come to. Infertility is a global struggle that’s experienced by millions.
According to the CDC, 10 in 100 couples have difficulty becoming pregnant, and about 9% of the population have sought help for their fertility needs.
Global statistics on childless couples are skyrocketing, but it’s not just because more women are choosing not to have children, but because they are now talking about why they can’t.
Which means that people seemingly without a voice, are desperately searching for one.
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How Couples Are Finding Their Voice
“As more people are becoming dissatisfied with the answers biology gave them, it’s given science a push to create new choices for them.” Says a representative for Ilaya, Ukraine surrogacy specialists, offer global solutions for infertility.
Ilaya reports that there are many options available for parents that have been given an infertility diagnosis. “Over the last few decades there wasn’t much choice, especially following the failures of primary infertility treatments. Many of the options available to young non-mothers were considered to be taboo. Women were poorly represented in their quests to have children.”
While IVF saw it’s invention in the 1970s, it didn’t become mainstream until well into the ’90s, when it was further refined into a more precise intervention.
With its refinement, the world was introduced to better infertility detection methods and novel treatments for different types of infertility.
“It took a shockingly long time for the medicine to adequately recognize that infertility wasn’t just a woman burden.” Says Ilaya.
ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) was one of the many gold standard treatments to piggyback off of IVF, in 1992. ICSI is one of the gold standard treatments now used to combat male infertility.
“The really fascinating thing was, that IVF opened up so many more doors to a couple that was initially told they would be childless forever.” Ilaya goes on to walk us through the myriad of treatments that exploded throughout the ’90s and into the new millennia.
“To scientists that have been in the field for all of these years, the breakthroughs that we have made almost sound like science fiction. [Reproductive medicine] has made such astonishing strides, even within the last ten years”
While it may sound like something out of a George Lucas film, it turns out that these innovative options are not only very real but also very available. And parents don’t seem to be hesitating.
Ukraine Surrogacy and the Great Beyond
“Surrogacy, specifically cross-border surrogacy is something that hasn’t been available for very long. However, with advancements in technology couples are starting to see better choices made available to them.” Ilaya explains. “With Ukraine surrogacy or other programs, even hopeful mothers on a budget have an option.”
Initially, surrogacy was pretty much relegated to a “Traditional agreement” where the man of an intended couple would supply sperm and the surrogate would supply the ovum.
The surrogate would then be artificially inseminated, and the couple would hope it would take. This technique has been almost completely outmoded now.
“Gestational” surrogacy is the standard method used in practice today. Gestational surrogacy is where the egg and sperm from the intended parents are combined in a lab setting and then moved into the surrogate mother’s womb following an incubation period.
But the science doesn’t stop there.
“With advancements in cryogenics and egg collection techniques, women who were told they could never have a child from their own genetic material were finally brought back into the equation.” And this is where it starts to sound a bit… spacey.
For women who want to wait until a more advanced age to conceive, or for those that have undergone chemotherapies and other egg damaging treatments, it’s now possible for them to freeze their eggs at a time when they are most viable and use them when they are more convenient.
Cryogenics also allow a couple to use donor materials along with a surrogate, should modern science be unable to collect their own viable samples.
Which means that gestational surrogacy is still an option, should one partner be unable to supply genetic materials. Ukraine surrogacy offer unlimited attempts at IVF, has no restrictions on maternal age, and also allows the use of donor materials and PGD.
Building Better Babies?
This is just the beginning. For parents that continue to have conception issues, or have a history of debilitating genetic diseases, new assessments are available for the embryo itself.
“Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), assesses the cells during the embryo stage and can see whether or not the resulting child could suffer from debilitating genetic or chromosomal diseases, or whether the embryo would be viable at all.” Ilaya says.
In fact, using PGD can increase a couple’s chances of delivering a healthy baby by approximately 15-20%. It also retires the need to transplant multiple embryos at once and hope that one results in pregnancy, reducing the risks associated with multiple births.
So, while these advancements may sound futuristic, they aren’t. They are the standard treatments that are available to anyone who thought they didn’t have a voice. Offering parents, the ability to become just that.
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