Monthly Archives: July 2018

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IVF journey

Your IVF Journey: The Dos, Don’ts, and Musts

Starting an IVF journey can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider based on your location, age, and financial situation. Considering your ultimate end goals and how many children you want is also important to consider.

Have no fear, a guide with some major dos, don’ts and musts is here. This guide will help you decipher what is essential, and what should potentially be avoided. As you create your checklist (and check it twice), here are a few helpful hints:

Do Stay Positive, Even When It Gets Challenging

The truth is, this journey is going to have ups and downs. We are going to make it as smooth as possible, but there will inevitably be things that we can’t foresee. The important thing to remember is that the chances of having a child through IVF are very high, even if it takes some patience.

Positivity is an essential part of your IVF journey. Keep good energy (and in abundant amounts) around you, and this process can do wonders. Keep your head up and continue to make good decisions even when the decision is challenging.

Don’t Forget to Remember What Is Important

We mean this with a lot of love, but especially when selecting an egg donor: keep things in perspective. Remember that your end goal is to have a wonderful, healthy child that you are going to fall deeply in love with.

Sometimes we get Intended Parents asking specifics like the measurement of the inseam of a donor to “ensure she has nice long legs”. While this is a lovely feature, we do our best to make sure our donors don’t feel dehumanized, or like objects.

Take a good hard look at the information and photos shared through the profile and make a decision based on what your heart tells you.

You Must Find Joy In the Journey

Finding joy in the journey can make a negative IVF journey into a successful and joyful IVF journey. With each little victory, celebrate the small steps. Find joy in the little things.

Stay in communication with your team, doctor and agency and find what’s good about where you are at in your journey.

Don’t Forget Your Financials

When planning your IVF journey, carefully asses your budget and financial situation so you can make wise choices. This can be a costly process, but with a little advice and counsel you can make this a more cost-effective investment.

Access your priorities and decide where you want to put more money, and where you can afford to put less financial investment. Some Intended Parents spend more on the egg donor, and others spend more on the cycle guarantees through their IVF clinic.

This is up to you. When you are ready to begin your IVF journey, let us help you start on the right foot.

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LGBTQ Families – Creating Your Family through IVF, Surrogacy & Egg Donation

Gay men and lesbian women across the world are as eager to have children as heterosexuals are; however, having a child often takes a different route.

But, have no fear, IVF is here, and its technology allows almost everyone to create the family they have always wanted. Here at Conceptual Options, we can help you build the family you’ve been dreaming of – and, below is a guide on how to build the family:

1. Find An Egg Donor

For those who need an egg donor, finding an egg donor should be one of the first steps in your process of building your family. This is one of the most important steps in your journey, as you are choosing the other half of the genetics of your future children.

Carefully assess what is important to you and then find an amazing egg donor agency that can offer you a list of donors that match your criteria. Things like education, health, eye color and height often come into play, as most people usually try to find a donor that looks like they might fit in their family.

2. Find a Doctor

Your next step should be finding an IVF doctor that is willing to work with you. Ask your egg donor agency for a list of references that will fit you and your needs.

When choosing an IVF doctor, it is important to consider success rates, cost, and overall value. You want a doctor who is personable and friendly and able to make your desired schedule work within their clinic.

3. Find a Surrogate

Next, it’s time to choose your Surrogate. There are many surrogates who specifically want to help a gay couple or individual, which is a beautiful thing. Find a Surrogate that you will enjoy forming a relationship with over the course of nine months.

And while there are many great surrogacy programs in the nation that can help tailor the journey to you, Conceptual Options has been creating families since 1999 and can help find you a Surrogate that is equally as excited about your journey as you are. This will help both parties remain fulfilled and headed towards your goal of having a child.

4. Get Ready

Having a child is going to change your life forever, and for good! There are so many wonderful preparations that are required to bring a child into the universe. Having help from a great program, like Conceptual Options, can do wonders and relieve you, your Egg Donor, and your Surrogate from additional, unneeded stress.

The end goal of this process is to build your family. Whether you’re straight, gay, or single- leave it to us to help you find what you are looking for. For a free consultation, contact us today.

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selling my eggs

Donating Your Eggs: The Art of Being Compensated for Your Generosity

In the world of Egg Donation and IVF, you may hear the term “sell my eggs” once in awhile. But the truth is, that’s not what an Egg Donor is doing. She is, however, being compensated for the generous act she is performing.

If you’re thinking, “I should sell my eggs.” There are many things to take into consideration. Intended Parents are looking for Egg Donors who want to donate their eggs to help a family build their dream of bringing a child into this world, but here’s a few things you should know if money is the first or only thing on your mind.

1. Yes, You Will Be Compensated

Any Egg Donor who is ready to offer a steady commitment of both time and energy to help someone who cannot conceive is a generous donor. An Egg Donor will have to dedicate a portion of their physical self and their genetic material to the couple or individual.

This process isn’t always easy or convenient, as hard as we try to make it so! As you offer your genetic material and significant time going to appointments to monitor your health, you deserve to be compensated for the opportunities you might miss from being an Egg Donor.

Instead of thinking, “I should sell my eggs.” Think, “I should offer my eggs to someone and simply be compensated for my physical and emotional commitment throughout the next few months.”

2. This Is An Act of Giving

You are truly helping another person do what they cannot do for themselves. This is a beautiful thing. It isn’t about a price tag; it’s about giving the gift of life to someone who wants to bring a child into this world.

If you come from a mindset that has less to do with your compensation and more to do with the altruistic aspect of the process, this journey will fulfill you in ways you never thought possible. You will receive gratitude from your Intended Parents from years to come.

You are truly offering an act of kindness that is unparalleled by any other.

3. The Reasons

There are many reasons why women state, “I am going to sell my eggs.” Some need help paying down loans or student debt, which is also a valid cause. But donating your eggs is something much more beautiful and long lasting than a temporary cut of cash.

If you’ve ever met someone struggling with infertility, then you know how deeply frustrating and saddening it can be. If you are a healthy young Egg Doonor with good fertility, then you will have millions of eggs throughout your lifetime. Offering just a few to another person to help them on their way to creating a family is the reason you should want to donate.

Furthermore, you’ll learn about your own health and fertility throughout this process. Our incredible doctors will check your ovarian blood reserves and let you know just how fertile you are! You’ll find out what your egg production is like and how your overall reproductive system is functioning.

When you’re ready to start one of life’s most beautiful journeys through the art of giving, contact us today to help you get started.