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What is Commercial Surrogacy

Commercial surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman is paid to carry a pregnancy, and deliver a child. This form of surrogacy is preferred by infertile couples. This process is often referred by terms such as ‘wombs for rent’ or ‘outsourced pregnancies’. Although a contentious issue, commercial...
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Egg Donation Procedure

Once the couple seeking an egg donor selects a candidate, and the legal and financial formalities are done, the process of egg donation starts. In this case, both the donor and the recipient go through a complex medical procedure for the transfer of eggs. The first step that the doctors follow is to...
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Sperm Donation Process

Of all the men willing to donate their sperm, only about 5% of them meet the preconditions set to be a sperm donor. Before they can donate their sperm, men are put through an intense scrutiny, wherein they are questioned about their family backgrounds, apart from running medical tests on them. The doctors...
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Third Party Reproduction

Third-party reproduction is an arrangement where a woman can provide her uterus or eggs, and where a man can donate his sperm, in order to help conceive a child. It is mainly of three kinds: i. Sperm donation ii. Egg donation iii. Gestational carrier Sperm donation In this case, a man donates his sperm...
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What is Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is a medical procedure whereby one or multiple embryos are placed in the uterus of a woman in order to impregnate her. Embryo transfer is a part of the in vitro fertilization technique to assisted reproduction. The embryos that are transferred into the uterus may be of two kinds: i. Fresh...
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What is In Vitro Fertilization

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process whereby the eggs are fertilized by the sperm outside the uterus. It is a popular technique of assisted reproductive technology (ART) used to overcome infertility. The first baby to be born with the help of IVF was in 1978. The process of invitro fertilization...
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What is Artificial Insemination

Artificial insemination is a process of artificial reproduction whereby a man’s sperm is manually planted inside a woman’s uterus in order to impregnate her. This method is one of the several methods of assisted reproductive technology (ART). The method of artificial insemination is used primarily...
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John E. Buster, Founder of Embryo Transfer

Dr John E Buster, of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is credited with performing the first embryo transfer in the world. Performed at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in July 1983, the embryo transfer resulted in a successful birth of a child in February 1984. The sperm used in this...
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Becoming a Surrogate Mother

Women who choose to become surrogate mothers do so mainly because of two reasons: i) they want to help a childless couple ii) financial need However, it is very important that young women looking to become surrogate mothers make themselves clear about their rights and duties. There are two ways in which...
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Traditional Surrogacy vs Gestational Surrogacy

Traditional Surrogacy Traditional surrogacy is the process of artificial insemination. In this case, the gestational carrier will use her own eggs and another man’s sperm in order to conceive a child. Earlier, couple who wanted to bear a child with the help of a surrogate mother had no other option...

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