Finding Out That It May Take Three or Four to Tango

You may need donated gametes or embryos to conceive for any number of medical reasons. You'll probably try to have a baby with your own gametes first and then if that path is unsuccessful consider the option of using a donor. But you may know from the outset that the only way you can have a baby is by using donor gametes.

If you're a single or lesbian woman, you may want to use donor sperm for social reasons. In Chapter 4, I outline which Australian states allow the use of donor sperm for social reasons.

You can rest assured that potential donors are closely scrutinised by the clinic. At a minimum, the clinic asks that potential donors:

^ Are aware of the potential risks of being a donor ^ Are fit and healthy

^ Are neither too old nor too young (precise ages vary between clinics)

^ Are prepared to make information about themselves available to a child born as a result of the donation

^ Provide a genetic and medical family history

^ Undergo counselling

^ Undergo screening for infectious and genetic conditions

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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