Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and screening prior to pregnancy is advised for people at risk for certain diseases, such as Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, or sickle cell anemia. Ordinarily, a couple or individual looking to become pregnant will be screened before conception. But what about women using IVF and anonymous gamete donors? Doctors can use preimplantation
By Leslie Schreiber With the advancement of reproductive technologies and evolving social mores regarding parenthood, women today are readily becoming pregnant on their own. While the process is, in general, not cheap, the options are plentiful. You should first consult with your physician and OB-GYN to make sure that you are healthy enough to have
By Leslie Schreiber Marriage was traditionally a social construct designed to create organized family units, and also served as a means of property and wealth distribution. In this modern era, however, marriage’s utility is not quite as necessary to our extant social order. Marriage no longer defines us as adults. As a result of the
By Leslie Schreiber For years, women have had to endure the societal stress between opting for careers or having children. With the advent of egg cryopreservation, women no longer have to choose one over the other. Men, it would seem, never have had to make that difficult decision. However, men, too, face a biological clock.
By Leslie Schreiber Today’s young women enjoy greater life choices than ever before. Education and career paths offer more personal autonomy and financial independence. No longer confined to the “mommy track” after they graduate college, women are postponing marriage and childbirth until they are ready, emotionally and financially, to make those decisions. Unfortunately, there is
Couples who cannot conceive on their own have alternatives for building their families. One of the ways couples can create a family is through gestational surrogacy. A gestational surrogate (or gestational carrier) enters into a contract with another individual or couple, in which the surrogate agrees to carry the couple’s baby to term for reasonable
Up to one in eight couples in the United States faces fertility issues. The medical community considers a couple “infertile” if they “are [un]able to conceive a child even though they've had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer.” It is all too common for couples who have trouble conceiving to assume that problems
Embryos. Divorce. These two seemingly disparate words have a growing connectivity in light of increased infertility rates worldwide. As professionals involved in the divorce arena, you may be asked to resolve or mediate disputes that ask the question, "What happens to frozen embryos during divorce proceedings?" This article will provide an overview of how these