Third party reproduction
Julie: Couples have hope with third party reproduction, as it is called, right?
Dr. Lucidi: Correct.
Julie: Is that something that is growing here in our area? And what types of hope does that bring to couples?
Dr. Lucidi: Absolutely. There are multiple options as far as third party reproduction. Donor again means donor sperm and donor eggs as well as surrogate carriers for women who have had a prior hysterectomy or have a contraindication to themselves being pregnant. The simplest of those options is the donor sperm, and there are anonymous sperm banks where one can get donor sperm relatively inexpensively and easily. A little more involved is using donor eggs because the eggs are harder to get and it is more inconvenient for the female to donate her eggs, but certainly an option and available here in Richmond. And thirdly, the surrogate carrier, as I mentioned, for somebody who has a contraindication or a medical reason why she should not be pregnant or if she does not have a uterus and physically can’t be pregnant.