When we think of people having children, we generally tend to consider two people of opposite sexes having intercourse and the woman conceiving, carrying the child to full term and giving birth. This, of course, is the most traditional means of having little ones. But it’s important to remember that not everyone can have children in this way. That’s not to say that they cannot have children at all though! Here’s a little more information regarding alternative ways that people might be able to have children! If you are able to conceive a child, but do not want to go with a traditional birth, then consider looking into doula program services.
Potential Reasons for Not Conceiving
- Same sex partnerships – if you and your partner are the same sex, you will not be able to physically procreate with one another. The creation of a child requires an egg and a sperm. Two men only have sperm between them. Two women only have eggs between them.
- Infertility – another common reason that someone may not be able to conceive is infertility. This is a relatively common condition and affects people due to a wide variety of causes. Some people become infertile due to age. Women tend to experience age related infertility much younger than men, as women’s fertility tends to decline at the age of thirty with this process speeding up around the age of thirty five. Men are thirty percent less likely to be fertile past the age of forty.
- Medical conditions – there are many medical conditions that can prevent conception. For women, there are problems such as endometriosis (which sees uterine tissues spread to other parts of the body) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (which affects how the ovaries work). For men, there are problems such as erectile dysfunction and problems that result in low quality sperm or a low sperm count.
Potential Problems Carrying a Child
Some women may also experience health problems that prevent them from being able to carry a child to term. Medical conditions such as diabetes and thyroid problems could cause miscarriage. Other factors could include hormonal responses, immune system responses, uterine abnormalities, and infection.
Alternative Means of Having Children
While these are all serious problems that could negatively impact someone’s ability to have children, it is important to remember that there are alternative ways to have a family. Medical progression and changes to law and social perceptions of adoption mean that there are more options available than ever before. Here are just a few to consider.
IVF is perhaps the most common means of infertile individuals managing to conceive. IVF stands for “in vitro fertilisation”. It is a process in which an egg is removed from a woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg (now referred to as an “embryo”) is then placed in a woman’s womb to grow and develop. This process could incorporate yours and your partner’s own sperm or eggs. It could incorporate donated sperm and eggs. Or, alternatively, it could incorporate yours or your partner’s sperm / egg and the necessary counterpart from a donation.
Surrogacy is a process in which another woman carries a child and births it on your behalf. The eggs used may belong to the surrogate mother or yourself / your partner. The sperm used may be from yourself / your partner or a donor. This is a relatively complex process, as all sorts of legal work has to be carried out in order to ensure that you definitely receive the child after he or she has been born. However, most of the time, it is carried out problem-free. You can learn more about gestational surrogacy here.
Adoption is an option for anyone who is deemed fit to raise and care for a child. There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of children out there who require a loving home. They are already in existence and they are already in need of care. You could adopt them and provide them with a brilliant quality of life, welcoming them into your family.
As you can see, having children doesn’t always have to tie in with how you may initially imagine people will have children. There are plenty of different options out there for a wide variety of people to consider. Hopefully, the above information has helped to open your eyes to this!