As science continues to evolve and create ever more successful ways of treating infertility, it can be exciting to look into treatments that may be the future of growing families. New ideas are being researched every day. From things as simple as squeezing an embryo to see how resilient it is, to methods looking into how to create a child from skin cells–t’s all being considered. Here’s a look at a few emerging treatments that, while not likely to impact your surrogacy journey today, could be the future of couples living with infertility.
Getting More Eggs
The IVF process starts by stimulating the body to create more quality eggs. Continue reading
Waiting to be matched with your surrogate can be an exciting time. It can also make intended parents quite anxious as every day can feel like a month. We get it. You’ve made the choice to use a surrogate, taken the plunge, and want to run forward at the speed of light. Even so, we encourage you to bear in mind that it is crucial to a successful journey that we match you with the right surrogate for you, as opposed to any surrogate who is ready to be matched right now. Here’s a look at a few things that can impact how long it takes us to find the right surrogate for you. Continue reading
Researchers spent two years following adolescent girls diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and made some exciting discoveries that could impact the future of how this fertility-limiting disease is treated.
PCOS is characterized by an overproduction of the hormone androgen in the body. The result is an excess of mid-section fat, unwanted body hair in inappropriate places, and, most notably, failure to ovulate. Women with PCOS will still produce follicles on their ovaries, but their bodies will never release the matured egg into the fallopian tube for fertilization. When the follicle doesn’t release the egg, it turns into a cyst that goes on to produce additional androgen, making it increasingly less likely that the patient will be able to ovulate as time goes on. Continue reading
In order for fertilization to happen, the sperm has to complete a gargantuan swim that, if completed, is a miracle in itself. The route is so cumbersome that, of the 200-600 MILLION sperm released in a typical male ejaculate, only a select few will ever reach the waiting egg. Of those few, only one will enter the egg to go create an embryo.
Researchers at the University of Washington are studying how male sperm make this overwhelming feat possible in an effort to help other men with low sperm mobility achieve pregnancy with their partners in the future.
Clearly, the sperm is evolutionarily designed to improve the odds of reaching the egg. The long tail and streamlined body of each sperm serves one purpose: to swim quickly. The head of the sperm is filled with mitochondrial DNA in order to give it enough energy to transverse the female reproductive system. But what else can be done to get more sperm to the egg, in hopes of having the best genetics possible on hand to create the embryo?
Researchers think Continue reading
Surrogacy stories are storming the internet as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West prepare to welcome their third child by way of a surrogate. For most of us, the idea of allowing another person to carry our child is wildly foreign and something only available to celebrities. But the truth is surrogates are everyday women working with every day aspiring parents to create families of choice.
In this video, created by “The Cut”, Growing Generations’ Co-Owner Dr. Kim Bergman talks about what surrogacy is, and how it can be done ethically. Also in the video, two-time Growing Generations’ surrogate Mandy Storer talks about what it’s really like the moment the baby is born. Her answers may just surprise you! Continue reading
One of the tests that you’ll have completed during your journey is a Vitamin D screening. This screening, completed by a simple blood test, is something that you’ll do in your own hometown (or at least close by) prior to being flown to California for your in-person screenings. If your results come back low, you may be asked to add a supplement to your diet.
Vitamin D, more commonly known as the sunshine vitamin, is essential in pregnancy and critical to IVF success. Studies show a link between Continue reading
Medical science continues to evolve and discover ever more effective ways to increase the odds of becoming pregnant through InVitro Fertilization (IVF). The result is cutting-edge procedures like “mini-IVF,” which is a milder stimulation protocol. What does it mean for your family building journey? Take a look. Continue reading
The opportunity to travel as part of your egg donation journey can be exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few of the details about what you can expect when it comes to required travel during your donation journey.
Many women considering egg donation come to us with the misconception that it will require them to either relocate to another city for the course of the donation or to travel extensively for doctor’s appointments. In reality, you will not need to relocate at all, and will only be expected to travel twice during the procedure.
The majority of your in cycle monitoring appointments can be conducted in your hometown, or at least nearby, and the medications Continue reading
First of all, understand that all pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Even if you’ve had no prior issues with blood sugar levels in your day-to-day life or in previous pregnancies, you will still be tested during this surrogate pregnancy. You’ve likely had this test done before in your own pregnancies, but in case it’s been a while, here’s a refresher on how the process works. Continue reading
As science continues to evolve and create ever more successful ways of treating infertility, it can be exciting to look into treatments that may be the future of growing families. New ideas are being researched every day. From things as simple as squeezing an embryo to see how resilient it is, to methods looking into how to create a child from skin cells–it’s all being considered. Here’s a look at a few emerging treatments that you’re not likely to experience in your surrogacy journey, but are in the works for potential future infertility treatments.
Getting More Eggs
The IVF process starts by Continue reading