More companies than ever before are offering IVF coverage to their US employees according to Fertility IQ, a website that verifies data on fertility treatment.
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The New Year provides the opportunity to make plans for the year ahead, including the decision to start a family or place family life on a different footing.
The Legal 500 UK 2017 has once again awarded top tier rankings to Michelmores' Family, Fertility and Parenting Law Teams within the South West of England.
The fertility industry is big business. The global sperm-bank market could be worth $5bn by 2025. Thousands of women in the UK need donor sperm each year to conceive and demand is increasing.
In a legal first, the English High Court has awarded costs of £74,000 to a woman for surrogacy following a delay in detecting cancer in smear tests and biopsies. This first of its kind award formed part of an overall damages award of £580,600.
Recent headlines have put the spotlight on UK fertility clinic practices with coverage about "cash for eggs", questionable expensive "add-on" treatments and misleading sales pitches to fertility patients. In May 2017 the HFEA announced it would investigate alleged breaches of its code of practice. In September 2017, the HFEA announced its code of practice had been breached and that it had taken enforcement action. Read more here.
Career building, the challenges of getting on or up the property ladder and finding love often delay decisions to start a family.
In May 2017 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announced it would investigate alleged breaches of its code of conduct (read more here.) This followed worrying headlines about "cash for eggs", the value of expensive "add-on" fertility treatments and misinformation given to patients at UK fertility clinics.
Surrogacy is the process by which another woman ('the Surrogate') carries and gives birth to a baby ('the Child') for other persons ('the Intended Parents'). Further information on the surrogacy process and the types available can be found here.
The legal position
Egg donation has recently sparked controversial debate.
It takes different forms in the UK, encompassing altruistic donation of eggs, egg sharing and conception with donor eggs. There are varied reasons why people turn to egg donation including a desire to help another have a child, a lack of viable eggs, same-sex family building or a risk of passing on an inherited disease.