Assisted reproductive technology
When you're a queer couple, infertility comes with extra layers of financial, logistical and emotional complexity.
Infertility Can Feel Like A Battle. For A Dedicated Few, The Only Way To Win Is To Change The Battlefield Itself.
For some, gestational surrogacy is the only way to have genetically related children.
Who gets access to fertility specialists in the U.S. says a lot about who we think "deserves" a family.
Movies and TV tend to depict infertile people as joyless and evil. 'Private Life' counters that narrative.
One of the first choices that all patients have to make is where to seek infertility care. It's a critical decision as practice patterns, treatment strategies, and technology used can vary greatly from one practice to another.
Gohmert asked "if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples?" Less than a year after he made those remarks, a plan was hatched to send exactly 40 gay people into space to put his hypothesis to the test.
Getting or staying pregnant is not easy for everyone -- for some, it can take time and money. While you might not be thinking of having kids right now, having a conversation with a physician about fertility while still in your early 30s could provide benefit later on.
The likes of voluntary sterilization and embryo screening give people who can afford them greater measures of control over procreation.Except, that is, when reproductive professionals make mistakes that frustrate efforts to pursue or avoid pregnancy or parenthood.