How much thought have you given to the plight of infertile women who seek out an egg donor and then a gestational surrogate to carry their baby? Or how about to the oftentimes acrimonious, bitter battles mothers sometimes wage against one another over the issue of breastfeeding?
Now that my three kids reliably use a toilet and can brush their own teeth, it’s been a while since I’ve been so flustered and frustrated that I felt like pulling out my eyelashes.
Dear Sara Evans,
As a woman who recently gave birth to triplets as a surrogate, I find your recent comments to CMT about wanting a baby through surrogacy bothersome. What has her so gung ho about the idea? "I could, like, continue to drink wine and be skinny and have fun and then all of a sudden have this beautiful baby," she joked.
The decrease in female fecundity beginning after the age of 30 and exaggerated after 40 is a well documented finding. This age-related decline in fertility is the result of several factors that contribute to overall reproductive failure. Women over 35 require a longer period to achieve conception than younger women, and a higher percentage of older women will never achieve pregnancy. In addition, the rate of early pregnancy wastage increases substantially during the 30s, and is over 50% after age 40.
Think you are too old to have a baby…you’re probably not. Just ask first time moms Halle Berry who gave birth at 41, Jennifer Lopez who had twins at 38, or one of your friends. In 2006 one in every twelve first babies was born to a woman over 35.
Among the various forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy, Ortho Evra is a temporary form of birth control that uses time-release hormones embedded in a sticky plastic patch on a woman's skin. As a method of temporary birth control, us ing Ortho Evra is reliable and does not restrict your ability to conceive in the future.
It isn't uncommon for women to experience variations in their periods, but if irregular menstrual cycles persist over several months, you probably have irregular periods. Long menstrual cycles can cause a woman difficulties when it comes to getting pregnant. Irregular periods may mean that you are ovulating less often, reducing your chances of pregnancy.
There is no standard fee when it comes how much money a surrogate mother is paid. The costs are estimated, as each situation is different depending on the individuals involved. A first time surrogate may request a smaller fee; an experienced surrogate may charge as much as $5,000 to $10,000 more. Surrogates generally request an itemized compensation plan as part of their contracts.
Different types of birth control methods allow couples to minimize the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy. Birth control pills discourage conception in several ways, depending on the hormonal ingredients. Although fertility normally returns shortly after stopping the pill, some women may experience difficulty getting pregnant. In some instances, infertility treatments increase the chances of conception.
Most women imagine that becoming pregnant will be a magical experience that occurs at just the right time; however, for many, this will not be the case. Unplanned pregnancies are far from uncommon. Women who are forced to deal with unexpectedly finding themselves with child may have to face an array of emotional and logistical issues, and be required to make some serious life choices that they had hoped to never encounter.