Family Building Options

There is no cookie cutter approach for building a family as the family building journey is different for each family. Often, the decision making regarding non-traditional ways of having a child can be overwhelming for individuals and couples -- because for many, all of their lives, they believed they were able to have children in the traditional manner with no problem, especially African Americans. Learning the various types of family building options is the first step to fighting infertility and starting a family. In addition to the use of fertility medications and choosing to live child free, the following are examples of family building options:


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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

IVF is a procedure by which women's eggs are surgically removed from the body and fertilized in the lab using sperm that has been given by sperm sample or aspiration. Next, after a few days of development, the fertilized egg called an embryo is transferred into the woman's uterus with the hope of implantation. One cycle of IVF can take up to 4-7 weeks and does not always result in pregnancy. Contact a Reproductive Endocrinolist or specialist for details about IVF, its risks and cost.