Third Party Reproduction
Third Party Reproduction
For many patients traditional treatment options are not viable solutions and the use of an egg donor or surrogate is required. For some patients coming to terms with needing an egg donor or surrogate can be overwhelming. Our staff is here to assist in the process by explaining the legal and medical requirements while using an egg donor or surrogate. In association with donor and surrogate agencies, Western Fertility Institute can assist in finding the best match for your family when using a donor or surrogate.
- Finding and Egg Donor or Surrogate
- Refer you to attorneys who specialize in fertility contracts
- Open an Escrow account
- Purchasing & understanding insurance for your donor or surrogate
What Is Third-Party Reproduction?
For many potential parents, third-party reproduction fulfills their dream of starting a family. While the proposition of third-party reproduction is often overwhelming, especially after undergoing multiple treatments to conceive, it offers you and your partner another opportunity to begin your family and experience the incomparable joy of parenthood. At Western Fertility Institute, we’re here throughout the process to ensure it’s smooth and seamless.
Third-party reproduction encompasses surrogacy and donation, which can include a sperm, egg or embryo. Our specialization at Western Fertility Institute is egg and sperm donation, as well as gestational surrogacy. We coordinate with a trusted and compassionate agency to find not only viable donors for you and your significant other, but also potential surrogate mothers to carry your pregnancy and bring your son or daughter into the world.
How Successful Is Third-Party Reproduction?
The care, as well as expertise of our staff, allows us to provide a high success rate for third-party reproduction. Our fertility and surrogacy clinic in Los Angeles, California carries an 86 percent surrogacy success rate, as well as an 81 percent success rate for frozen embryo transfer — offering you and your partner hope that third-party reproduction will lead to a successful pregnancy and delivery.
We credit the success of our center for surrogacy and egg donation to the dedication, hard work and excellence of our team. Every day, we offer our support, expertise and compassion as you move through a journey that encompasses a range of emotions. With Western Fertility Institute, the path to parenthood is one you don’t have to take alone — and we mean that.
Who Are Candidates for Third-Party Reproduction?
Often, when we discuss candidates for third-party reproduction, we reference egg and sperm donors, as well as surrogate mothers. Candidacy for third-party reproduction, however, also applies to you and your partner. Whether you pursue third-party reproduction at our fertility and surrogacy clinic is entirely up to you and your significant other. It is an experience that requires an emotional and financial investment.
While many families turn to third-party reproduction after traditional fertility treatments are not successful, others may begin with third-party reproduction. For same-sex couples and singles, for example, a donor is essential to starting your loving family. Surrogacy is also necessary for same-sex male couples, as well as for couples with difficulties carrying a pregnancy.
If it’s a journey you decide to begin, we provide thorough screening of donors and surrogates, with every sperm and egg donor undergoing the following:
- Medical exam
- Physical exam
- Psychological evaluation
- Reproductive potential assessment
- Blood panel
- Genetic carrier screening
Meanwhile, our coordinating agency for surrogate mothers requires all viable candidates to meet the following standards:
- Age 21 to 44 years old
- History of successful pregnancy and delivery
- Healthy lifestyle and Body Mass Index (BMI), below 33
- Stable living arrangement and support network
- Residence in surrogate-friendly state
As we’re based in California, we are a friendly state for both national and international gestational surrogacy.
How Does Western Fertility Institute Assist in Third-Party Reproduction?
At Western Facility Institute, we are there through every step of third-party reproduction, from choosing your donor or surrogate to bringing your newborn home. Throughout every phase, you can count on our team at our fertility and surrogacy clinic to answer your call, listen to your concerns and provide you with honest advice that gives you the confidence to make a decision that’s right for you.
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What is Sex Selection?
It is common for many patients to be curious about the ability to choose the sex of their baby. This is known as Sex Selection (also commonly referred to as Gender Selection). Through genetic testing, this is possible for our patients undergoing IVF at Western Fertility Institute. A By-product of the genetic testing performed on the embryos called PGT-A allows for differentiation between male and female embryos since the sex of each embryo is identifiable by their chromosomes.
How does Sex Selection Work?
Sex selection through Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT_A) testing allows patients to select the sex of their embryos with almost 100% accuracy. Our highly skilled embryologists will biopsy a single cell from the embryo and send it to a third-party laboratory for PGT-A testing. The PGT-A results will show if each embryo has the proper number of chromosomes as well as the prospective of sex. Embryos containing two X chromosomes are female, while male embryos will contain one X and one Y chromosome. This allows the patient to choose a PGT-A embryo of a desired sex for transfer.
Why Do People Use Sex Selection?
Patients choose to use sex selection as an option for multiple reasons. In some cases, it can be used for medical reasons. Sex selection allows for the prevention of sex-linked genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders. For instance, there are certain disorders, linked to the X or Y chromosomes, that have the potential to be passed on to only a son or only a daughter. In other cases, sex selection can be used for what is known as "family balancing". Family balancing is when the patient chooses a specific sex in order to fulfill their desire of a balanced family. This can include choosing a sex based on a previously lost child, because they feel better equipped to raise a specific sex, or they want representation of both sexes in their family.