December 20, 2009

2. The Echo Boomer and Getting Pregnant – The Options

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It is a sad fact that by the time a woman realizes that either she or her husband have a fertility problem, she may be already in her thirties and anxious that she has only a few short years to produce a child if she wants to enjoy a relatively young parenting experience. In psychological articles, the stress of infertility is widely documented and causes further problems for people who should be physically able to conceive yet cannot.

Once a woman decides she wishes to have a baby, she will dispense with contraception and likely make the assumption she will become pregnant – well – shortly. When this does not happen, a mild concern might prompt a medical check followed by a period where she persuades her partner to do the same. Should no physical reason be found for their inability to conceive, a concentrated effort is made to have sex at certain propitious times, which can sometimes result in wrecking the spontaneity of a previously excellent sexual relationship.

Baby boomers going through the process might then give up thinking about the problem for a while, hoping it will go away. When it does not, the woman might become more seriously distressed at not getting pregnant and the stress will further affect her general well being and her chances of conceiving.

For baby boomers who find that pregnancy cannot or will not happen, there are other options that might be tried but those who have no physical impairment to prevent pregnancy might find that fertility drugs can produce a multiple birth. Twenty to 60% of women who use fertility drugs successfully conceive but there are some side effects such as headaches; vaginal dryness; hot flushes and cramps. Sometimes these drugs may be combined with artificial insemination to achieve a pregnancy. Artificial insemination alone can cost around $700. Drugs in pill form are not too costly but injections can cost up to $5,000 per month.

Should there be a physical reason for being unable to conceive, surgery is an option to remove blockages in fallopian tubes or fibroids or ovarian cysts. The disadvantage of surgery is that it can be costly. IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) involves eggs being removed from the ovaries, fertilized with sperm (from the partner or a donor) in a laboratory and the resulting embryo being placed in the uterus. The procedure is extremely expensive (up to $15,000) and of course there are no guarantees of success. Baby boomers wishing to conceive have been known to try this procedure repeatedly before finally achieving success and some never do.
There is also the option of GIFT (Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer) where the egg and sperm are injected into the fallopian tubes so the baby boomers’ embryo can develop naturally, costing around the same price as IVF – thus, psychological articles note that pregnancy can be expensive and can cause extreme stress as a result of financial hardship.
Should all else fail, there is the possibility of surrogacy where a third party carries a child on behalf of the expectant parents. Extreme care should be taken when approaching surrogacy that the procedure is covered by legal contract and all parties rights and responsibilities are clearly delineated.

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