My husband Michael and I knew right away that we wanted to start trying to have kids when we got married. We found out fairly early on that Michael had low sperm count and low motility because he was being treated for another medical condition where they just happened to do a sperm analysis. Because of that, we jumped right into fertility treatments.  We did four IUIs, all of which failed before we were finally referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist. It was after our initial meeting with our fertility doctor and additional testing that we discovered...

Meta Getman •Apr 20, 2021

When you think of the typical situations that lead people to turn to lawyers, you may think of getting into a car accident, executing a will, or getting divorced. Talking about in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles and embryo transfers might seem like discussions reserved for your doctor. However, it is just as important to speak about these issues with an ART attorney if you are considering fertility treatment with third-party reproduction (surrogacy or egg, sperm, or embryo donation) to build your family. With multiple parties, a lot of money, and human emotion involved, it’s essential to make informed...

Rachel Wexler, Esq. •Feb 18, 2021

For IVF patients, having a doctor suggest donor eggs as a next step in the process can be an incredibly daunting and emotional experience. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Meagan Chan, Nurse Practitioner & Third-Party Clinic Coordinator at Laurel Fertility Care in the Bay Area, all about how Donor Egg IVF and embryo donation works. She helps demystify the process and shares what intended parent(s) can expect when pursuing Donor Egg IVF or embryo adoption to grow their families.  Q: Meagan, you are in charge of third party reproduction at Laurel Fertility Care. Can you tell us a...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Feb 9, 2021

When my husband and I first started our IVF journey, peoples’ response was often, “That’s so exciting; you’re going to have twins!” I quickly got very frustrated, explaining to them that there was actually a very small probability that would happen for us. While it is true that IVF has produced many multiples, the bigger issue that I really want to raise awareness about is that doing IVF does not guarantee you a baby, let alone twins. The truth is, some couples go through many rounds of IVF egg retrievals without getting any viable embryos. So...

Maiclaire Smith •Dec 1, 2020

My husband and I were diagnosed with unexplained infertility when we were both 27. We went through five IUIs and three rounds of IVF with my own eggs, and we never even experienced an embryo transfer during that time, let alone pregnancy. From our three egg retrievals, we got a total of 24 embryos, all of which arrested well before Day 5. At that point, our clinic said the degrading of the embryos after fertilization pointed to egg quality issues. They suggested moving on to donor eggs, so after three years of trying to conceive with...

Danielle Repsch •Nov 17, 2020

When Eran Amir started building his family, he decided he wanted to pursue surrogacy. But when he started the process of finding an egg donor and a surrogacy agency, he found the process to be time-consuming, complicated, and expensive, even though it was completely worth it in the end.  That’s why he created GoStork, the only all-in-one online platform that allows intended parents to find, compare, and connect directly with fertility providers - helping them save time, effort, and money as they make more informed decisions about their future. It is the resource he wished he...

Kristyn Hodgdon & Eran Amir •Sep 25, 2020

It’s funny how a picture can take you right back to a particular moment, reminding you of the exact emotions you were feeling at that time. This picture popped up on my Facebook memories from 5 years ago and instantly took me back to the 'limbo' stage, the confusing and emotionally exhausting time between stopping IVF using my own eggs and embarking on the path of donor egg IVF. I see the pain and longing behind my eyes, despite the smile I wore. On the face of it, I look happy. I was; I was amongst amazing...

Becky Kearns •Sep 23, 2020

We had two of the biggest grins on our faces, walking through the two glass doors of our fertility clinic on a cold Tuesday morning. After checking in with the front desk, we sat down on a comfortable set of chairs next to a table with current magazines and a live orchid. Once we got settled waiting to be called in for our consultation, we scanned the room. Besides being the only pair of guys amongst a sea of presumably straight couples, there was something else that was different. The room felt somber and sedate. The...

Alec Saitman •Jun 22, 2020

I have always been a POAS addict (pee-on-a-stick addict). From the moment we decided we were trying, I bought pregnancy tests and ovulation sticks. I peed on something nearly every day for months and months. So when my doctor told me at my frozen embryo transfer that I had to wait ten days for my first beta HCG test results, I was less than thrilled. How was I supposed to survive the two-week wait again?  Nathan and I decided that for our sanity, I would take home pregnancy tests beforehand. I wouldn’t expect to see a...

Kayla Kohl •Jun 3, 2020

Like the majority of people in the infertility community, my journey to parenthood didn't exactly go how I had imagined it would. That's actually quite an understatement and one I wouldn't come to understand until about 4 years into our journey to become parents.  We started trying for babies naturally in 2011 right after we got married. I had actually stopped birth control in June of that year and we were married in September. I wanted to be ready to get pregnant in literal minutes after we got married'; however, the joke was on me because it...

Elena Ridley •Apr 29, 2020
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