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
Significant improvements in infertility treatments have led to a reduction in morbidity and mortality among people with complex illnesses. Those people live longer, fuller lives. Advances in assisted reproduction nowadays allow people with complex diseases whose medical conditions or treatments can worsen fertility, to undergo fertility preservation. Fertility preservation options are available for women and men of prepubertal and reproductive age. Read more
This blog focuses on what is important for any woman who is anxiously awaiting the positive results of β-hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Depending on the levels of β-hCG, subsequent ultrasound examinations significantly improve the overall quality of care for pregnant women, and clarify the following topics: Read more
Embryo implantation is the final frontier to effective pregnancy. In the last decades, there have been enormous advances in the knowledge of human embryo development. Since the advent of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the embryo continues to be readily available to review outside the human body. Indeed, the research has brought to much advancement in embryonic stem cell derivation. Regrettably, it is not so easy to judge the steps of the embryo implantation, since most gynecological tools cannot access the uterus. It has limited clinicians’ knowledge of early embryo implantation. Read more
Reproductive medicine is practiced in a distinctive environment. The rapid pace of medical progress, and the fact that reproductive medical tourism tends to involve third parties (e.g., sperm donors, egg donors or gestational surrogates), shapes this environment. There are some unresolved challenges and a need for guidelines to advance proper reproductive medical tourism practice. There are also differences in historical, political, religious, and social views of patients involved in reproductive medical tourism. These generate issues relating to the rights and welfare of both patients and unborn children. Most significantly, the issues are accompanied by a failure to acknowledge the outstanding importance of the rights not only of patients, but also of unborn children. To engage in reproductive medical tourism without regard for these rights is not possible. Read more
Adhesions of the endometrium develop because of a trauma to the uterine lining. This includes a history of cesarean section and the dilation and the curettage often performed during an elective abortion or because of a pregnancy failure. The dilation and the curettage performed for placental fragment retention also increases the risk of Asherman syndrome (synechiae) development. After the procedure, the damaged endometrial surfaces heal into the adhesion. As a result, the patient may experience fertility problems or recurrent pregnancy loss. Read more
Rokitansky syndrome is a complex developmental defect characterized by a complete or partial agenesis of vagina and uterus associated with normal external genitalia and gonads. Complete vaginal aplasia may be accompanied by rudimentary uterine cornu caused by premature termination of recanalization of the Müllerian ducts. Rokitansky syndrome is not generally transmitted as a prevalent genetic trait. Read more
Given that some couples who have faced cases of fraud in their former surrogacy or egg donation programs have recently contacted Parents Life, we would like to share with our intended parents the ways they can protect themselves. Namely, you should pay attention to the following aspects while choosing your surrogacy agency and/or IVF clinic: Read more
In the field of gestational surrogacy, Ukrainian legislators have proven to be far more progressive than many of their European colleagues. Nowadays, Ukraine is one of the very few surrogacy laws friendly countries in Europe. Unlike other nations that limit or even, ban a surrogacy, in Ukraine the intended parents of a child are considered as biological parents since the moment of conception, and they are specifically named as biological parents in the birth certificate without any mentioning of their gestational carrier. Read more
There are too many different fertility treatment options
Talking about assisted reproduction technology (ART) itself, we know too many different fertility treatment options, aimed at helping infertile couples in the birth of their long-awaited child. Such fertility treatment options as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or artificial insemination (AI) are used often. However, with the technology development more fertility specialists refer to the IVF, ISCI or third-party reproduction methods, including either sperm donation, or egg donation, or gestational surrogacy, or combination of them.
We will briefly introduce some of fertility treatment options hereafter and will talk about the key fertility treatment options in the sections that follow. Read more
Parents Life is the leading provider of fertility treatments to couples from Ukraine and abroad since 2013.