Can You Be A Surrogate If You Have Diabetes?
By Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE
Sam contacted TheDiabetesCouncil to find out if she could be a surrogate for a couple who couldn’t have their own baby while having Type 1 diabetes.
Can she legally be a surrogate for another couple having diabetes? We didn’t know the answer to this unusual question either, so we thought it would be a good idea to investigate the surrogacy process specifically for people with diabetes or for others who may have this same question.
In this article, we will explore the possibilities of whether or not you can be a surrogate if you have diabetes. We will also look at what might happen if you are already a surrogate and you develop gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. We will look at some of the legality in brief. Understanding that we are not lawyers at thediabetescouncil.com, it’s best and always recommended to seek legal counsel when you are entering a surrogacy situation and are not sure of the process around it.
Iconic singer and songwriter, George Michael recently passed away in his home from heart failure. Although this is a sad event to account, we’d like to spend time celebrating the kindness and charity he spread while he was living.
George Michael and Fertility Treatments
George Michael was a pop star in the 80s, performing with the band, Wham!, and as a solo performer. He won Grammys and inspired many with his talents. In the late 80s, he announced he was gay, and he then began working for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS awareness.
After George Michael had passed this week, a British TV reporter went to Twitter to tell about the selflessness of Michael and a time he helped a woman in need. On the Deal or No Deal TV show, a woman announced she needed 15,000 Euros for an in vitro fertilization procedure. According to the reporter, George Michael called the woman the next day, agreeing to pay for her fertility treatment procedure in private, amounting to $18,435.
After the reporter’s announcement on Twitter, many other people began discussing George Michael’s kindness and his desire to always help people in need.
Need Help with Your IVF Cost?
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas Discount Programs
Unfortunately, not everyone has a guardian angel like George Michaels to cover IVF costs. For those patients who need fertility assistance but also need help paying for treatment, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas offers various discount programs.
Many people may qualify for IVF grants for veterans. Others can apply for our in-house discount programs for financial assistance. We believe nothing should get in the way of you starting your family. Contact our office to see what type of discount program can help you with fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization.
With each passing year, fertility specialists continue to make advancements in reproductive medicine. Every month this year, we want to keep you updated on the latest news in fertility treatments. To start, we’ll discuss everything you need to know if you’re considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility.
The History of Egg Freezing
Historically, the egg freezing process was meant for medical purposes. Doctors recommended cancer patients to freeze their eggs before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Such cancer treatments could possibly damage a woman’s eggs, causing infertility. But, with the choice to freeze their eggs, women could preserve their healthy eggs and use them at a later time after treatment. The process of freezing eggs for such medical reasons has been available for about three decades.
Advancements in the Egg Freezing Process
Some older egg freezing techniques were unsuccessful. The old freezing process caused crystals to form in the egg cell, which damaged the cell. After these eggs had been thawed, they were not useful in creating a pregnancy.
Lately, fertility specialists have started using a process called vitrification to freeze eggs. This process freezes the eggs so quickly the troublesome crystals cannot form. In 2012 after the advancement of this process, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that egg freezing was no longer an experimental procedure. They also declared vitrified eggs were similar to fresh eggs in their ability to create a pregnancy.
Growing popularity of freezing eggs for later pregnancy
After this ASRM announcement, there became a higher interest in freezing eggs for later pregnancy. Specialists predict the process will become even more popular as technology continues to advance and the egg freezing cost begins to drop. Also, more companies, like Apple and Facebook, are offering their employees insurance coverage for egg freezing.
Throughout the last decade, the reproductive medicine community has made improvement in egg freezing technology, resulting in higher egg freezing success rates and more pregnancies. We can now offer egg freezing to women for elective reasons, as opposed to solely medical reasons. We are opening up the market to women concerned about their declining fertility—and not just cancer patients.
In 2013, around 4,000 women froze their eggs, which showed an increase of 2,500 from 2012. Women can have their eggs frozen for years until they’re ready to become pregnant. The egg freezing process is gaining popularity with women who are focusing on their career and single women who have not found a partner to start a family with.
Learn More about Our Egg Freezing Services
The egg freezing process can now not only help women undergoing cancer treatment, but also women who are concerned about their biological clock. Doctors claim the best age to freeze eggs is during your 20s or early 30s. To learn more about egg freezing at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, read our online resources or contact us for a consultation.
Many people come to the United States from abroad for fertility treatments. Some countries do not allow certain treatments, like the surrogacy process, while others can’t offer the same advanced reproductive technology America does. Read about a new law Spain passed that recognizes the right to maternity leave for parents who used surrogacy, and find out how to start your trip to the US.
Complicated Laws in Spain
Spain is one of the countries where surrogacy is illegal. However, many patients forgo these rules by traveling abroad to get such treatments. But, with these international fertility treatments comes a little complication when the new parents return to their home country. For a long time, Spain has had very complicated rules on how they recognize children born from international fertility treatments when it comes to Social Security benefits.
New Laws Allow Maternity Leave after Surrogacy
For the first time in history, Spain’s Supreme Court approved a law to recognize a parent’s right to maternity leave after using surrogacy to have a child. Although using a gestational carrier is still illegal inside the country, the court ruled that “attention to minors” should take priority when it comes to Social Security benefits and allowing parents to stay home and care for the child.
They decided having a new child shows a real necessity for being able to take time off work. The court also ruled to allow a transfer of maternity leave to the father, which is great news for all new parents in Spain.
Why do people come to the United States for surrogacy?
The United States is a great place to visit for surrogacy. With access to the most advanced technology and high success rates, our fertility center can help you start your family in the way that works best for you.
Explore our website to learn more about how the surrogacy process in the United States works, in addition to finding resources for traveling. Visit The Fertility Center of Las Vegas from abroad, and we’ll offer special deals and services to make your trip go more smoothly.
Often, women receive a diagnosis that affects their ability to conceive a child on their own. Many women, like reality star Kim Kardashian, begin to research options that will allow them to start or continue their family, without risking a complicated pregnancy. See why Kim Kardashian, and other celebrities like her, are exploring surrogacy options.
Kim Kardashian’s Pregnancy Complications
36-year-old Kim Kardashian has had pregnancy troubles with both her children, North and Saint.
During her first pregnancy, Kim was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure, swelling in the hands and feet, and pregnancy complications. Kim delivered North early at 34 weeks.
Doctors said complications during her first child could cause a higher risk for later pregnancies. But, she got pregnant with her second child, Saint, despite these warnings. Granted, the warnings did cause some anxiety for her during her second pregnancy. When she delivered Saint, she suffered from placenta accreta, a rare condition in which the placenta is stuck inside the uterus after delivery and needs to be removed by a medical professional.
Celebrities and surrogacy
Despite Kim’s complications during both pregnancies, she and her husband, rapper Kanye West, wanted to continue their family. In a teaser for the upcoming episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim expressed an interest in exploring her surrogacy options. She has fears that carrying another pregnancy will be risky for both her and her baby’s health.
Many people, like Kim Kardashian, choose to use a surrogate to start or continue their family. With a surrogate, parents can use their own genetic material, or that of a donor, and not have to risk the possibility of a complicated pregnancy.
Get Started with Your Surrogacy Journey
At The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, we have many surrogacy options and resources. Schedule a consultation and we can answer any questions you have about whether surrogacy will work for your family.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we know our patients are looking forward to the great food and fellowship with family. However, if you’re trying to conceive, it’s best you learn the relationship between nutrition and fertility. Find out the best and worst foods for your reproductive health.
Learning about Your Nutrition and Fertility
Foods that Decrease Fertility
Certain foods you eat may influence possible fertility issues. When you eat bad carbs, your body digests them quickly and turns them into blood sugar. To slow down your blood sugar level, your pancreas will pump insulin to your bloodstream. And when your insulin levels are too high, they could hinder the process of ovulation.
According to a recent study, women who consumed foods with a high glycemic load were “92 percent more likely to have ovulatory infertility than women” with a lower glycemic load. It is best to limit your intake of these foods that are a possible danger to your fertility:
- Sugary sodas and fruit drinks
- Red meat
- Trans fats
- Cookies and cakes
- White bread and white rice
Trans fats include processed baked and snack foods, animal products, french fries, and margarine. They can increase your insulin resistance, which could be detrimental to your health. Insulin moves glucose from the bloodstream to the cells. If there’s resistance, it’s harder to move those glucose cells. Your pancreas will keep pouring insulin into your blood, and this high insulin level can cause metabolism issues that affect ovulation.
Best Foods to Increase Fertility
This Thanksgiving, pay attention to what you eat. To protect and maintain your nutrition and fertility, you only want to put the best things in your system. Try incorporating complex carbohydrates into your diet. Eat foods with fiber like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Plant proteins are also great because they are full of healthy fats, and they’re low in calories. They’re especially helpful for weight loss. Plant proteins come from beans, nuts, seeds and tofu.
In addition to creating a fertility diet plan, you should also be mindful of your weight. Stay active and exercise while you eat right.
Stay up to Date with Fertility Info
This holiday season, don’t lose track of your goals. Keep up with the latest news and information about fertility by checking in with our blog every week. We post everything you need to know about your fertility treatments journey.
One of the best things you can do while pursuing fertility treatments is to stay educated about your sexual health. Here is all you need to know about the reproductive organs in the female and male body, in addition to the roles they play during conception.
Male and Female Reproductive System
Female Reproductive Organs
The female reproductive organs are probably one of the most important parts of the conception process. Together, these organs ready the female body for fertilization and house the developing fetus during pregnancy.
The vagina, also known as the birth canal, is the hollow canal that receives the penis during sexual intercourse and delivers a baby during childbirth. The ovaries are located on either side of the uterus and produce ova or the eggs. Every month, an egg is released into the fallopian tube, where it can meet up with sperm for fertilization. The fertilized egg then travels to the uterus where it will attach to the lining of the uterus. The uterus, or the womb, holds and nourishes a baby during pregnancy once the fertilized egg (embryo) is implanted.
Male Reproductive Organs
There are less male reproductive organs than female, but they are just as important in the process of conception. First, the penis is a cylindrical muscular organ that fills with blood during arousal. This erection makes it possible for penetration to occur during sexual intercourse.
The scrotum is a pouch-like sac that holds the testicles, or testes. The testicles are oval-shaped organs that produce sperm cells and testosterone. The sperm is released during ejaculation that happens during the male orgasm. During intercourse, the sperm travels through the vagina and past the cervix where it can meet with and fertilize the woman’s released egg.
Conception is dependent on the male partner’s sperm motility and sperm count, in addition to the healthy condition of the woman’s reproductive organs. Assisted reproductive technology can assist in the conception process if there is anything abnormal going on with the sexual organs.
Get Help with Advanced Reproductive Medicine
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is here to help you start your family. If you have been trying to conceive for 6 months to a year with no positive results, consult our reproductive specialists. During a consultation, we will work to diagnose the cause of your infertility and start a treatment plan that works for you.
Many people turn to assisted reproduction to help start their family. Sometimes, the issue is genetic and cannot be avoided. Other times, like with our service men and women, infertility issues sprout from injuries sustained. This Veterans’ Day, we celebrate our military members and the new bill that was passed by Congress to help get fertility treatments for veterans.
Veterans with Disabilities
While serving during a war, many of our military members sustain injuries that impact them for life. Recently, more groups have been focusing their attention on the war injuries that have an effect on a service person’s intimacy, relationships and fertility. Sometimes, injuries that happen to the groin or genital areas can cause problems with infertility. Also, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can cause depression and damper a person’s intimacy with their partner.
Fertility Treatments for Veterans with Bill HR 5325
Recently, Congress passed the bill, HR 5325, which will help veterans who have sustained injuries that impacted their fertility. It allows for the Veterans’ Administration to provide fertility counseling, adoption reimbursement and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services to veterans who sustained injuries that impaired their fertility. This bill helps tremendously by helping provide fertility treatments for veterans and in some cases, IVF grants for veterans.
Previously, only active military members were given this service. However, together with RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association and many different veterans organizations, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) advocated for wounded veterans and their need for reproductive assistance and fertility treatments. One of the first things they will combat is the Zika Virus, which is spreading across many nations and could affect fertility.
Treatment Discounts for Active and Retired Military
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is committed to those men and women who are committed to serving our country. To show our appreciation for the dedication and support of our active duty military and veterans, we are pleased to offer a special discount on IVF services. In addition to our clinic discount, many pharmaceutical companies offer discounts on fertility treatment medications. Visit our website for more information about the different discount programs we offer.
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is Here for You
If you are looking to start your family with the help of fertility treatments, schedule a consultation with us. We will diagnose the cause of infertility and create a treatment plan that works for your family.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Because this cancer highly concerns women’s health issues, many people wonder the relationship between breast cancer and fertility. Read to find out how breast cancer affects your fertility, and how you can possibly prevent infertility.
Breast Cancer Effects on the Reproductive System
During certain cases of breast cancer, a doctor will recommend chemotherapy for treatment. Because breast cancer and fertility do not have a good relationship, many women who need chemotherapy are concerned about the treatment’s effects. Chemotherapy is meant to kill all fast-growing cancer cells, but it also attacks other rapidly dividing cells in the body, such as hair follicles or even eggs within the ovaries. Chemotherapy treatment can damage the ovaries in female patients, sometimes causing irregular periods or the permanent loss of fertility. Additionally, undergoing chemotherapy may delay attempting to conceive by 5 years or more, leading to an age-associated decline in fertility.
In women who are over 40 during treatment, there is a greater chance of early menopause. This limits the chances for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. However, the effects of chemotherapy all depend on the stage of cancer, the treatment type, the dosage of chemotherapy and the woman’s age during treatment. Younger women are more likely to have periods return after chemotherapy, as the risk of permanent menopause increase with age, but they are also more likely to have lower numbers of eggs available for reproduction even if their periods do return.
There is still hope! You can do something to preserve your fertility before cancer treatment. While consulting a fertility specialist, you can discuss your options for fertility preservation. Embryo freezing and egg freezing are among the best options you have. In this process, eggs are collected, fertilized and then frozen. A process like this allows you to store healthy embryos and use them later. Embryos can be thawed and implanted into the uterus once cancer treatment is over. If you are a woman without a male partner, or if you do not yet have a sperm donor, you also have the option to freeze your unfertilized eggs.
Ask a Fertility Specialist
Each patient’s case of cancer and treatment is different. The best thing you can do is discuss your condition and your options for fertility treatments with a specialist as soon as possible. If you’d like to start a family in the future, contact our fertility clinic before you start chemotherapy.
If you’re considering fertility treatments to help start your family, one of the best things you can do to get started is to attend one of our free fertility seminars. Our fertility seminars are a great way to get acquainted with our family at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas and to learn about potential causes of infertility.
Why should you attend one of our fertility seminars?
Our fertility seminars are free for new patients. We want to welcome you to our family with warm and arms by offering these free information sessions. However, space is limited. Reserve your spot in advance so you don’t miss out!
You get educated on all things fertility.
Our fertility seminars are conducted by our in-house reproductive specialists. Our doctors will lead the conversation and teach the audience about fertility education. You can rest assured you’re getting the best information on fertility, as our doctors are some of the most experienced doctors in their field. Their involvement in fertility research allows them to know about the most current advancements in reproductive medicine.
There is a question-answer portion.
After the lecture section of the seminar, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you’re wondering about fertility. Our doctors are experienced in the field of reproductive medicine, so their answers will come from a place of fertility awareness and experience.
You get to tour the facility.
Our fertility seminars are hosted at each of your clinic locations so you will be acquainted with our office before your initial consultation. You can continue to learn more about the facility and become comfortable with the place you’ll be visiting throughout your treatment.
You can learn about the cost for fertility treatment.
One of the most common questions we get asked is regarding the cost of fertility treatments. At our seminar we will provide you with treatment cycle pricing as well as any current research studies and discount programs.
Join Us on October 12th
Our free fertility seminars are a great way to get new patients acquainted with The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Our next free seminar is Wednesday, October 12 at our Summerlin location. Reserve your spot today.