Egg Donation, Sperm Donation & Surrogacy: Third Party Reproduction
A growing number of prospective parents need to collaborate with one or two other people – third parties - to become parents. The third party can be an egg or sperm donor who will provide the biologic /genetic materials if the intended parents are not able. It also can be a surrogate, known too as a gestational carrier, who will carry and deliver a non-genetic child for the would-be parents. Third party reproduction is the term used to characterize the range of these offerings.
Cardone Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CRMI) is sensitive to the physical requirements and emotional needs of couples and individuals who use egg donation and surrogacy. Same sex couples and single men and women know they will require help to conceive a child. However, others do not initially envision they will need this type of assistance to have a family and may not be psychologically prepared for the realization. Counseling is recommended for both men and women before they use donor gametes. An experienced licensed infertility therapist will help them become aware of all the short and long-term consequences of using this form of assisted technology.
Reasons for Needing Egg Donation and Surrogacy
Women need egg donors for a variety of reasons, such as premature ovarian failure, low ovarian reserve due to aging ovaries, or because they are the carrier of a genetically transmitted condition. Surrogates are needed when the intended mother cannot carry a child because of anatomical issues, previous IVF implantation failures or other medical reasons. Gay males will need both an egg donor and gestational carrier. Lesbians will need a sperm donor.
Third parties are not involved in raising the child. They will be compensated for their time and effort. CRMI works with a variety of agencies, consultants and lawyers who follow the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines for this specialized area in the infertility field.