Before deciding to commit to medical assistance, there are some common concerns to consider. Many couples have been right where you are right now, and not all couples succeed with their wish of having children. It’s important to understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll medical procedures like In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) take on a couple.
Only around four out of every ten IVF pregnancies end successfully, a statistic strongly correlated to the age of the woman and the associated legal conditions. Despite the mental and emotional burden, couples often undergo repetitive procedures. If the chance of having a child, which lies so close, does not materialize, in extreme cases depression or the breakup of the relationship can occur.
“The Facts of Life” were drastically revolutionized worldwide by reproductive medicine. In extreme cases, IVF theoretically makes possible a parent generation community of up to five humans: a sperm donor, an egg donor, a surrogate mother who delivers the child for its social parents, who become father and mother in the law’s eyes. In 2008, thirty years after the birth of the first test-tube baby Louise Joy Brown on July 27th, 1978, and more than five million other test tube girls and boys later, a comprehensive workshop was held at the Humboldt University in Berlin over ethical and legal questions. In the triangle between sperm donors, intended parents, and a child, the situation involving insemination from an anonymous donor is not without problems. If the husband or a partner of the mother recognizes paternity, the child produced with foreign sperm is considered his legitimate descendant.
In the U.S., neither the sperm donor, nor the child born as a result of using a sperm donor, has any rights, obligations, or legal interest in respect to one another, nor do the legal parents have any legal obligation to inform the child of his or her conception by donor. Although in principle, a donor would be under obligation to pay alimony and his child entitled to inherit from him – instead, by contract, the social (or legal) parents take over the fulfillment of these requirements. It’s likely that hundreds of thousands of later generations will be conceived with foreign sperm, and according to estimations only a very few of them will know this truth. The majority of psychologists look at this fact skeptically, considering non-enlightenment in regard to one’s family situation as delusion or deception.
As with all medical interventions, artificial insemination involves some risks. As these methods use increased hormones, the vessels become more permeable and cause increased fluid retention in the abdomen and tissue. In addition, dysfunctions of the kidneys and dyspnea may occur. With a pregnancy of more than one embryo comes an intensified risk of dangers like thrombosis and convulsions, in addition to mental strain due to the high probability these children will not reach a minimum weight necessary for good physical and mental health.