Jennifer Aniston says 'women no longer need a man in order to have a child.'

August 10, 2010 13:46 by PrideAngelAdmin
In her latest film, The Switch, the 41-year-old actress plays a single woman who uses a sperm donor to get pregnant.

"Women are realising it more and more - knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," Aniston said.

"Times have changed and what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents' days when you can't have children because you have waited too long.

"The point of the movie is: what is it that defines a family? It isn't necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot.

"Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere. That is what I love about this movie. It is saying it is not the traditional sort of stereotype of what we have been taught as a society of what family is."

Since divorcing Brad Pitt in 2005, the public has been fixated by Aniston's single status.

Asked if she still hoped to become a mother, the Friends actress replied: "Yeah, I have said it years before and I still say it today." But she laughed off a question about whether she would resort to the "turkey baster" method like Kassie, her character in the film.

"I don't have plans on that, no," she said.

Aniston was speaking at a press conference in Los Angeles to promote The Switch, which co-stars Jason Bateman.

Article: 9th August 2010

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Jennifer Aniston: searches for a sperm donor in her new movie 'The Switch'

August 8, 2010 14:28 by PrideAngelAdmin
Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Aniston plays a wannabe mother who undergoes artificial insemination, using what she believes is the perfect donor's sperm, to get pregnant.

And when it comes to off screen it seems Aniston would allow life to imitate art, insisting that if she ever went that route she too would definitely 'wanna know the guy'.

Aniston revealed her preference during an appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, in Los Angeles.

In The Switch, Aniston plays singleton Kassie who is desperate to have a baby. Ignoring the objections of her best friend, Wally (played by Jason Bateman) she decides to go it alone.

Kassie chooses a handsome and charming donor but before she can complete the act of insemination, unbeknown to her, a drunk Wally swaps the sperm for his own.

The switch isn’t discovered until seven years later when he finally meets her precocious, though slightly neurotic, son.

Aniston has talked about her desire to be a mother one day, telling Entertainment Weekly 'I'm on the verge of it in some's something I long for.'

But when it comes to how the single star plans on accomplishing her dream, she's keeping decidedly mum. Leno asked Aniston if she would ever take a page from The Switch and 'just go down the bank' to get pregnant?

'Jeeze that question has never been asked to me,' she deadpanned. 'You go to the bank and you have a card...I honestly don't know exactly.'

'The Switch' is to be released nationwide on 3rd September 2010.

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Dating site offering 'Beautiful baby' virtual egg and sperm bank

June 22, 2010 22:11 by PrideAngelAdmin
A controversial dating website, with a strict ban on ugly and fat people, has launched what it's calling a 'beautiful baby service', a virtual egg and sperm bank for people who want to have attractive babies.

This same website kicked out 5,000 users in January because other members signaled that they became too chubby celebrating Christmas and the New Year.

Critics are questioning the ethics of the site but those running it are making no apologies.

The site says its "beautiful baby service" is open to everyone. The founder said 'even 'ugly people' would like to bring good looking children into the world. But one British watchdog group says cherry picking pretty people as parents, is just wrong.

"It's a symptom of a very dangerous tendency in our society that says we can take control of everything to do with reproduction and have it exactly the way we want it," said Dr. David King from Human Genetics Alert.

While there is a need for providing a service for single, gay, lesbian and infertile couples to have children, this website seems to be heading towards eugenics and the creation of designer babies, which is very concerning.

Pride Angel the leading website connection service for gay, lesbian, single and infertile couples wishing to become parents said ‘Websites seem to be offering sperm donors services like dating agencies with little thought to the serious consequences of not being aware of all the important factors which need careful consideration, when undertaking donor conception, such as sexually transmitted disease screening, the legal rights of the donor or co-parent and ultimately the right of the child to have information about their donor’.

Not only this, but many other websites allow donors to offer their services using natural insemination (sexual intercourse) and even request money for their services. ‘We at Pride Angel carefully monitor all our members profiles to ensure that they are genuine and restrict the number of contacts made between donors and recipients, helping to ensure that particular donors are not donating to numerous women, something which is of great concern for any child born to have numerous unknown siblings’. ‘We also advise all our members to use HFEA regulated fertility clinics for treatment’.

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Test-tube babies 'twice as likely' to suffer birth defects

June 15, 2010 19:39 by PrideAngelAdmin
Test-tube babies are almost twice as likely to suffer birth defects than children born naturally, according to the largest study of its kind.

Babies conceived through IVF have a significantly higher risk of being born with heart problems and malformed reproductive systems than those conceived naturally.

The scientists behind the shocking study called on fertility clinics to routinely warn prospective parents of the dangers - claiming that far too often, they are kept in the dark.

It follows a range of other studies which have found that IVF children are more likely to suffer from cerebral palsy and autism - while boys born through IVF are more likely to be infertile.

More than 120,000 children in the UK have been born using the technique since 1992. For the latest research, scientists carried out a survey of 33 French fertility centres, collecting data on more than 15,000 births from 2003 to 2007.

They found that 4.24 per cent of children born through IVF had some form of congenital deformity - compared to the rate for children conceived naturally of between 2 and 3 per cent. This would indicate that some 5,000 IVF babies in Britain may have been born with defects.

Study author Dr Geraldine Viot said: 'This higher rate was due in part to an excess of heart diseases and malformations of the urogenital system. This was much more common in boys. Among the minor malformations, we found a five times higher rate of angioma, benign tumours made up of small blood vessels on or near the surface of the skin.

'These occurred more than twice as frequently in girls than boys.' Dr Viot, a clinical geneticist at the Maternite Port Royal Hospital in Paris, called for more research to understand the reasons behind the increased risk, adding that 'a malformation rate of this magnitude is a public health issue'.

She said there could be a wide range of explanations, including infertility itself, ovarian stimulation, the maturing of eggs in the laboratory, or the ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) technique which injects a single sperm into the egg.

'We just don't know at present,' she said. 'Finding this out will be a major step towards improving the health of children born after ART (assisted reproductive technology).

Last night Josephine Quintavalle, of campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: 'Given the degree of unnatural manipulation involved in assisted reproduction, we should not be surprised that nature still does it better.

'Infertility treatment should focus much more on restoring natural fertility to patients and far less on engineering in the laboratory. Children deserve the best.'

A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said: 'A study in France has shown that there is a small but clear increase in risks of congenital abnormalities in children born as a result of IVF or ICSI.

'It is important that patients are informed about this but not alarmed by it. 'We keep research of this kind under review and where it suggests there may be a greater risk we share this information with patients in a clear way to help them understand the risks associated with the choices they are making.'

Article: 14th June 2010

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Assisted Reproduction Has No Effect On Birthing Process Or The Baby's Outcome

March 6, 2010 19:09 by PrideAngelAdmin
Whether a women gets pregnant the "traditional" way or by assisted reproduction has no effect on the birthing process itself or the baby, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found.

Gynaecologist and medical researcher Liv Bente Romundstad and colleagues from NTNU and St Olav's University Hospital in Trondheim looked at the pregnancies of more than 1.2 million Norwegian women whose births were listed in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway between 1984 and 2006. Of these, 8229 were pregnancies that resulted from assisted reproduction technology.

In a series of articles published in The Lancet and Human Reproduction, the researchers reported finding no difference between infants of women who had conceived spontaneously and after assisted fertilization in birth weight, gestational age, risks of being small for gestational age, and preterm delivery. Researchers found a higher risk of breech births in pregnancies from assisted fertilization, but their findings suggest the difference is due not to the technology itself, but to the gestational age of the baby and the number of previous deliveries that the mother had had.

Breech births
Romundstad found that five percent of the children from assisted reproduction are born in a breech presentation, compared with three percent of the average. She says this has a straightforward explanation: Mothers who have children by assisted reproduction, are in fact slightly older than average, tend to have shorter pregnancies, and fewer previous births.

When Romundstad adjusted for these differences, she found out that the difference in the proportion of breech births disappeared completely.

"We also believe that some of the frequency of breech births can be explained by the fact that children often are in the breech position early in the pregnancy," she said. "The children turned several times during the pregnancy, and assumed the head-down position when the normal gestation period ended."

"If a child is born before the end of the gestation period, it is not clear that the child has time to assume the head-down position," Romundstad says.

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Artificial Insemination at Home

February 13, 2010 18:51 by PrideAngelAdmin
home insemination Many women may choose artificial insemination at home rather than using a fertility clinic. Reasons for performing home insemination include, the reduced cost, the higher chance of getting pregnant using fresh sperm, the ability to use a known donor or co-parent , and that your partner can be involved in the home insemination process making it feel like you are ‘creating a baby together’.

Home insemination is often performed in the comfort of your own home using an artificial insemination kit, this normally contain syringes, containers for the collection of sperm and some kits also contain speculums and extender tips which enable the sperm to be positioned near to the cervix to improve pregnancy chances.

A question which many people ask Pride Angel is ‘What is the success rate of home insemination?’ This is often difficult to answer because there are so many factors which affect its success. If performed correctly and at the right time then insemination at home is as effective as ‘natural insemination’. Factors which effect pregnancy success, as with natural insemination, include performing the insemination at the right time of the month, ideally just before ,ovulation. This is often performed using an ovulation test.

A woman’s age and general health play a large part in their fertility, trying to get pregnant in your twenties in far easier than in your late thirties or forties. Drinking, smoking and how healthy your diet is also greatly effects your fertility. If using a donor who has not previously had child it is also worth getting his sperm count checked out using a male fertility test such as ‘Fertilcount’.

As with natural insemination, home insemination can take several months to be successful and in some cases can take up to a year, so a commitment from your donor is needed for a minimum of two sperm samples per month.

Home insemination does carry a higher risk of sexually transmitted infection than using frozen sperm from a fertility clinic; therefore Pride Angel recommends you seek advice from your GP regarding health screening checks for yourself and your donor. We also recommend before considering home insemination that you get advice from a fertility law specialist regarding legal and parental rights.

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Natural insemination - a 'risky option'

February 7, 2010 10:18 by PrideAngelAdmin

For many women the overwhelming desire to have a child means they will go to great lengths to achieve their dream of becoming a mum. Those not wishing to go down the fertility clinic route are left with two main options artificial insemination or natural insemination. Pride Angel investigates why the risks of choosing natural insemination as an option is extremely concerning. Surely the majority of lesbian women would not wish to choose natural insemination ‘sexual intercourse’ with a man, however a minority of donors do offer natural insemination to lesbian couples and single women promoting that it is the most effective and ‘natural’ way of conception.

‘Obvious risks not only include the physical safety of having ‘sex’ with an unknown person, but the far greater chance of getting a sexually transmitted infection such as HIV. Donors may proclaim their clean bill of health by showing a week old test result, however many infections do not show up in blood tests until 4-6 weeks after catching the infection. Therefore health test results cannot be relied upon from donors who offer natural insemination ‘unprotected sex’ in the same way that any promiscuous man would be a higher risk.’said Erika from Pride Angel.

‘ Many infections are spread by blood or physical contact, for example hepatitis C is spread by contact with blood, herpes (genital warts ) is spread by physical skin to skin contact. Therefore the act of sexual intercourse itself puts women at more risk of acquiring infections than artificial insemination’ stated founders of Pride Angel.

Pride Angel recommends recipients get to know their sperm donors, ensuring their personal safety, checking their identity and health screening tests thoroughly.

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Boost Pregnancy chances - Lie still

October 30, 2009 21:32 by PrideAngelAdmin
Research published today by the (British Medical Journal) reports that women who lie on their backs for fifteen minutes after artificial insemination have a "significantly higher" chance of getting pregnant than women who move around straight after treatment. Researchers found 27% of women of women who lay down for 15 minutes after the procedure went on to have a baby compared with 17% who got up and moved around. Writing in the British Medical Journal, the researches said that lying down may prevent “leakage” of sperm

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