As I scrolled through my one of my social media apps one hot summer day, I came across a post one of my friends had shared. This post was about a well known you-tuber and her girlfriend finally being able to say that they were going to be mothers. The joy and the excitement they were feeling could be recognized by the way they had shared this big announcement. But, all those exclamation points and capitalized words could not explain the struggles they had faced to get this far. Having said this, I believe that the generation of the 21st century has been one of the luckiest when it comes to medical innovations.
“If the end product, your child, does not come out as you imagined, will you be disappointed?” (204).
As I had previously said in my first blog post, we have been granted many medical gifts which have created an easier lifestyle for many of us. In addition to all of this, I have to say that we are often times ungrateful for all of these innovations. In the other hand, sperm donation and egg freezing tend to be something that many people are grateful for even though it is not a new concept. Most people are grateful not for the struggles it come with but for what it creates. When someone considers trying artificial insemination, they must pay plenty of money in order to receive information from the sperm donor.In addition to that, according to the chapter, “Sperm Shopping” in Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank the individuals must also pay from $340 to $400 depending on whether they select a interactive insemination or an intrauterine insemination. The money and the struggles that go into this process is exactly the reason as to why I believe that those who try to become pregnant through artificial insemination are beyond grateful for having positive results. Furthermore, I do not believe that anyone can ever be disappointed in their child especially when they had less than a 30% chance of a positive outcome with only one cycle of the intrauterine insemination.
“In the old days… people were happy for a solution to infertility. Now, with single women and lesbian couples, the buyers are more ‘more choosy,’” (223).
Personally, I have to say that those who chose to go through the process of sperm donations and egg freezing are individuals who must be very confident and wish for a positive outcome. In the chapter, “The Big Chill,” as readers we are warned about all the things that could go wrong. Even though these factors are surprising yet scary, many individuals do not mind, and they proceed with the process. In 2013 it was said that the success rate of every frozen egg varies between 4% to 14% which is quite low. Overall, having read about sperm donation and egg freezing has given me a better understanding as to why these numbers seem to be low. In addition, I personally think that no matter how low these number are or how odd the chances are, no one should ever be discouraged to try.
“Nothing about the egg freezing/ thawing business is predictable. You cannot even tell if the egg has been damaged…So you can be paying for storage for dead eggs and not know it,” (235).
Overall, after reading Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank, I can successfully say that I am amazed and grateful for everything we have now. Due to all the lives that were lost because of improper care and bad hygienic conditions we can now say that we have been granted better and more improved conditions that helps reduce the chances of mortality among pregnant women. Words fail to describe how amazed and thankful I fell towards all of these medical changes that have created an incredibly positive impact in our lives.