Many infertile patients, are erroneously advised by their physicians to first try IUI several times before resorting to IVF. Additionally many misguided insurance providers often, purely for economic reasons, require that infertile female enrollees who have at least 1 patent Fallopian tube, first undergo several attempts at IUI before doing IVF.
Trying for a baby is both an exciting and anxious filled time. There are many questions you have, plans you start to make, on top of the pressure of actually getting pregnant. However, there are some things that you can do before you get pregnant, or get help from Advanced Fertility, that are in your control and will help you and your baby have the best start.
Most egg donation is anonymous, but some couples prefer to know their egg donor and take legal steps to contract for the donation of the eggs. If the donor knows the couple, the donor may wish to receive updates once the child is born or may even request visits. An egg donor contract that explicitly spells out the terms of any future relationship should always be used, even when the donor is a close friend or relative.
In this moving essay, Shannon M. Clark, M.D., explains why she decided egg donation was right for her—and why other women in her shoes shouldn’t feel ashamed.
On the eve of my fertile window, I am full of apprehension. I know that trying to conceive often conjures up all sorts of emotions and even a visceral response not only for me but for so many women. Even though I know I am not alone, part of my experience does feel very lonely and often misunderstood.