Has becoming a proud and happy parent been something you’ve always wanted but have been unable to achieve on your own? Every day across the USA, third party reproduction (egg donor, sperm donor or gestational carrier) makes it possible for thousands of people to achieve their parenting dreams.
Our team of reproductive specialists at University Reproductive Associates serves patients across New Jersey and the greater New York City metro area. Regardless of your fertility issues, we can help.
Types of third-party reproduction
Third-party reproduction falls into three major categories:
A third-party sperm donor can step in and donate healthy, high-quality sperm if a male partner’s sperm count is extremely low, or if no male partner exists.
An egg donor can provide eggs for either same-sex male couples or for infertile women. The eggs are fertilized with sperm from one or more male partners, or donor sperm may be used. The fertilized egg(s) can be implanted in a first party’s healthy womb, or a surrogate may carry the baby.
A healthy woman who has successfully had a healthy uncomplicated full-term pregnancy may choose to help carry a baby for a single person or couple. The embryos transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus may come from the patients’ own eggs or sperm, or donor eggs or donor sperm may be used.
5 common reasons to consider third-party reproduction:
Here are five reasons you might be interested in third-party reproduction.
- You are a single man or woman seeking to become a parent
A single person will need at least one of the following: donor sperm, donor eggs, and/or a gestational carrier.
- You are a hetero-coupled woman with fertility challenges
A woman with a male partner might need donor eggs or a gestational carrier depending on the cause of their infertility.
- You are a hetero-coupled man with fertility challenges
A man with a female partner might need donor sperm if they have infertility due to a previous vasectomy, prior cancer treatment, or other health issues resulting in severely low sperm counts.
- You are a gay couple
Two men partnered together often seek an egg donor and use sperm from one or both partners (although a sperm donor may be used if needed), then have the resulting embryos implanted into a willing gestational carrier.
- You are a lesbian couple
Two women partnered together have twice the potential supply of eggs, and either partner might potentially carry the pregnancy, but they will likely need to use a sperm donor. These couples often prefer “reciprocal IVF” in which one woman has her eggs retrieved and fertilized with donor sperm and the other female partner receives those embryos and carries the pregnancy.
Our experienced team at University Reproductive Associates stays up-to-date on all legal and ethical complexities of third party reproduction. We help both single parents-to-be and couples across the entire spectrum of cisgender, heterosexual, and LGBTQ representation to achieve their goal of becoming parents.
Get more information on third party reproduction by scheduling a consultation with one of our specialists today. Call any of our three New Jersey locations or book a new-patient appointment with our online tool.