Early births of newborns after autologous frozen embryo transfers (ET) were met with reasonable resistance due to the limited effectiveness of early embryo cryopreservation methods, and questions related to the overall safety of embryo cryopreservation. This uncertainty effectively relayed embryo cryopreservation at its genesis to the status of an “adjuvant method” for IVF cycles, where the number of cultivated embryos was thought too excessive for simultaneous replacement during the fresh ET attempt. Read more
The recent survey of gestational surrogacy stated: “… it is not related to the treatment of the parties involved in (gestational) surrogacy process that is complex, but their preparation with a proper counseling: legal and medical, also careful selection of a suitable host”. This statement reflects the interacting aspects of gestational surrogacy and demonstrates how the latter cannot be seen outside the context of other aspects. A bit later, it is fair to say that the preparation of the intended parents remains complicated. Read more
The traditional strategy in In vitro fertilization (IVF) was to perform embryo transfer following a fresh IVF treatment cycle involving controlled ovarian stimulation of the ovaries. Initially, even without the effective ways of freezing and thawing embryos, it was a strategy born from the necessity, as well as an intuitive thought that freezing would compromise embryo quality. Since that time, when excess to the embryos was first frozen with the aim at replacing them within the uterus in a non-stimulated cycle later on, technological advances have brought to growing numbers of embryos being effectively cryopreserved. Read more
A third party reproduction includes any process where a person apart from intended parents desiring to have a child provides sperm, or eggs, or use of a uterus to help someone else to have a child. For several years, a third party reproduction was restricted to using donor sperm.
Using donor sperm increased greatly in the 1960s, and the first commercial donor sperm bank opened up in 1971. However, it was not until the development of In vitro fertilization (IVF) and its resulting growth that the third party reproduction started to draw significant attention. The very first IVF-made birth happened in England in 1978, after many years of work. The first IVF birth in Ukraine happened almost 26 years ago. Read more
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