Real hope and help for anyone wanting to start a familyWe’ve all heard the terms surrogacy or gestational carrier. We’ve noticed the magazine headlines showing celebrities creating families through use of another woman’s womb. While this may seem complex or even like a scientific fairytale, for many individuals and couples, it is the only chance for them to have a biological child. In today’s world, there are many options available for couples and individuals to become parents with assistance from another person.
The most common third party fertility treatments used today are egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy. Egg donation is a common option not only for women unable to conceive using their own eggs, but also for gay male couples looking to have a biological child. Similarly, surrogacy is used for single women, heterosexual and gay couples who are unable to carry a pregnancy. Donor sperm is commonly used by single women, same-sex female couples and heterosexual couples requiring donor sperm to conceive. Some intended parents only need one piece of the biological puzzle, while others may need multiple areas of assistance. Either way, third party fertility treatments offer solutions and hope where before, people were simply left with very few options to complete their family.
We are able to provide patients with knowledge and extensive experience in this specialty treatment. It is a tremendous opportunity for them, but it can be a complex path. We are there to help them navigate and to offer an immense amount of support that they will need through this journey.
“My husband suffered from thyroid cancer in his 20s. The chemotherapy and radiation made it impossible for him to provide a critical part of what we needed to start our family,” said fertility patient Aimee B. “Having the option of using donor sperm helped us have our son.”
“We are providing options for people and giving them the ability to have a biological child or experience pregnancy, where with missing pieces, so to speak, they wouldn’t have been able to,” said the founder of The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Bruce Shapiro, MD, PhD, FACOG. With fertility issues a growing problem, women waiting to have children until later in life, and same-sex partners looking to conceive, treatments like donor egg IVF and surrogacy have seen a dramatic increase in popularity. “It really is an exciting time,” Dr. Shapiro said.
“I wanted a career first, family later, but I didn’t consider that 30 might be too late,” said patient Pam M. “It was devastating to find out that my eggs were not usable at 30.” For patients like Pam, being able to select from a bank of donors also of Jewish ancestry was important. “I was able to carry my daughter, experience pregnancy and bond with her. She also shares very similar physical traits.”
Practice Director, Said Daneshmand, MD, FACOG, speaks daily with patients from all over the United States and the world. “The need for this type of assistance is incredible. We are seeing patients come to us from all over the United States, France, England, Spain, China, every corner of the globe,” he explained. “We are able to provide patients with knowledge and extensive experience in this specialty treatment. It is a tremendous opportunity for them, but it can be a complex path. We are there to help them navigate and to offer an immense amount of support that they will need through this journey. ” Surrogacy laws can vary by state and by country but Nevada provides clear language and an opportunity, while The Fertility Center of Las Vegas and Drs. Shapiro and Daneshmand, known worldwide for their exemplary safety and success rates, offer exceptional care.
For more information on traditional and third party fertility services, visit fertilitycenterlv.com or attend a free monthly seminar hosted by The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Appointments are available in Summerlin, Henderson and Los Angeles.