For couples who have been struggling with infertility and conception issues, there are many alternative methods created by science and technology to help you grow your family.
Some of these methods include taking prescribed fertility drugs, adoption, surrogacy, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and sperm/embryo donation. But before you undergo any of these processes, you should seek first a fertility expert or reproductive endocrinologist to know the perfect solution to your situation as a couple.
Speaking of which, same-sex couple Kat Buchanan and Taryn Cumming from Auckland, New Zealand, decided to take a risk and get inseminated at the same time by the same sperm donor.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the couple has been together for two years and have been struggling to conceive because of their low ovarian reserve. It was a hard truth to swallow, especially when the doctor told them that they had “a better chance of winning the lotto than getting pregnant at the same time.”
The queer couple considered the IVF process which costs $10,000 (Php 500,000) but it was not guaranteed that they’ll get pregnant. While intrauterine insemination (IUI) worth $1,700 (Php 85,000) per session requires the couple to have six “failed” cycles before they become qualified for the “public-funded IVF”.
They also needed to find a sperm donor for the procedure. Though their options seemed limited, they did not stop looking for sperm donors, and before the end of 2019, they luckily found the “perfect” man through a private Facebook group. They described him as “someone really decent”.
“We know his medical history as well as family history. He goes for STD checks and his sperm was analyzed, and we have a contract in place for his and our protection,” they told the news outlet.
Little did they know that good news awaited them because last March 28, their pregnancy tests showed positive results.
The soon-to-be-parents are expecting to give birth at the same time and they have already prepared baby names for both genders–Luca and Nate for boys and Piper and Blake for girls.
According to Cumming, they want to share their story by documenting it online via YouTube and Instagram.
“This way I can tell women about our experience with artificial insemination, how we did it, what tools we used, how to find a donor, and what questions to ask your donor. I love helping people.”
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