Thursday, October 1, 2009

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How to Protect Your Baby Eggs by Richard Ferri

How do you protect your eggs if you opt for in vitro fertilization? What happens when the wrong embryo is implanted? These are the the questions faced by more than 6 million Americans impacted by infertility every year who opt for an in vitro solution. For Carolyn and Sean Stone, the unthinkable happened: Right woman; wrong embryo. Result: dismay, confusion, anger and compassion. The physician at the fertility clinic who implanted Carolyn with another woman's fertilized eggs presented the pregnant woman with two options, according to news reports of the case: abort or act as a surrogate giving up the baby to the biological parents after delivery. Essentially, abort or take on the roll of unwitting surrogate. Carolyn and Sean were stunned when they were informed that she had not been carrying their embryo, but that of another coupleâ€"and the incredible situation turned into the ultimate "Hobson's Choice." Unfortunately, 10 percent of men and women of childbearing age are unable to biologically conceive a child. This situation has become a major emotional crisis from many couples strongly desiring pregnancy. As a result, some choose to attempt in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves a consenting couple harvesting the man's sperm and the woman's egg to be combined in a laboratory dish to form an embryo(s) to be implanted later in the woman’s uterus. Hopefully, the outcome of the IVF procedure will result in a biological pregnancy. IVF has been a birthing technique in the United States since 1981, and has resulted in over 250,000 births. To find out how you can protect your baby eggs if you choose to undergo in vitro fertilizationâ€"to realize your dream of having a child of your ownâ€"read on.

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