Alternatives to Naturally-Conceived Pregnancy

If you or someone close to you has ever struggled with fertility, you know all too well how much of an emotional toll it can be for a couple that is not able to conceive naturally as they may have planned. Luckily, for couples who want to start or continue growing their family, there are options available to help them move forward. 

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Fertility Treatments

One of the first steps many couples may take if they are struggling to conceive naturally is to see a fertility specialist. These professionals will often be able to determine the root cause of the problem and offer personalized options to best help the couple.

Fertility treatments may be an option for couples to consider to help address a wide variety of root causes. One of the most common treatments is in vitro fertilization during which the fertilization of the egg will occur in a lab and then it will be transferred into the uterus. IVF is recognized as having one of the highest success rates among assisted reproduction options.

Surrogates

Another option for couples could be to hire a surrogate mother. If using a surrogate, the child will still biologically be created from the father’s sperm and mother’s egg, but the embryo will be implanted and carried to term inside the surrogate’s womb.

Adoption

For some couples, neither conceiving naturally nor undergoing fertility treatments may be an option. If this is the case, adoption is another great alternative to consider. By connecting with an agency, the couple will be guided along every step of the way. They may have the option to choose traits such as age, race, or gender of the child and be placed on a list of adoptive parents available to be matched with children who need to be adopted.

While struggling with infertility is not easy, there are a lot of alternative options for couples to consider to help them through the difficulties they may be facing while trying to have children. 

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