The following question was asked during a recent Q&A session of the "Embryo Adoption: The Affordable and Accessible Adoption Choice" evening webinar presented by the Awareness Center.
Q: What are disqualifying medical conditions for the prospective mother from Embryo Adoption? For example, endometriosis, PCOS, hypothyroid? What about "unexplained infertility," where you really don't know whether a transfer would succeed?
A: It is important to check with your doctor about the health of your uterus. Some of these conditions don’t affect the uterus and therefore wouldn’t impact your ability to carry a pregnancy to term. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), for example, has to do with the ovaries. As long as only your ovaries are impacted, there wouldn’t necessarily be a problem with carrying a pregnancy to term. We have known of families who have gone through embryo adoption and who had premature ovarian failure and they were able to successfully achieve pregnancy and carry the child to term.
Also, on the question of unexplained fertility, each scenario is a little different. We have had families go through the process who had issues with unexplained fertility and have successful outcomes. You can find videos about these family’s stories on EmbryoAdoption.org under the video section. With the other conditions you specifically mentioned really have more to do with your unique situation.
With endometriosis it will depend on how well managed it is and how healthy you are as a whole. It is the same with hypothyroidism. We do encourage you to talk to your doctor regardless of what condition you are facing to make sure he doesn’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be able to carry a pregnancy to term.
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