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June 06, 2012
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A “surrogate” or gestational surrogate is an older term for what we now refer to as a “gestational carrier”. A gestational carrier (GC) is a woman who accepts to bear (or be pregnant with) the child of another woman who is incapable of becoming pregnant using her own uterus. The gestational carrier provides a host uterus for the offspring, and does not contribute genetic material, i.e. the carrier is not the egg source. The offspring’s genetic material may come from the egg and the sperm provided solely by the aspiring couple (referred to as the “intended parents” or IP) or in combination with donor egg and/or donor sperm depending on the needs of the intended parents.

Patients who need gestational carriers include those who:

June 01, 2012
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Fertility preservation is enabling many women to make reproductive choices that fit their lives.  Preserving fertility when it is optimal, for later use, provides an option for later fertility1.

If having a child now is not the right choice, what are the options?  What are the limits to this technology?  Who can benefit, and when should egg freezing be done?  How long can a woman wait before pursuing fertility preservation?  These are all important questions with answers starting to emerge.

May 09, 2012
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Spring, a time for celebrating Mothers and Fathers, can be a particularly difficult time for infertility patients. Because dealing with these two holidays can be a challenge, I have some suggestions for ways to develop some good coping skills. To cope is to “develop the ability to manage in a difficult situation.”

Here are a few suggestions:

May 07, 2012
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The first human pregnancy from a frozen oocyte was achieved in Australia in 1985 by Dr.

April 28, 2012
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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  Check in each day this week for facts about infertility.

NIAW Fact of the Day: What fertility questions should I ask my doctor?
It is important to go into the visit with your doctor prepared. Visit the “Downloads section” of this site which covers important questions to ask your physician on a variety of topics.

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