Mum Wants To Trade Her Female Embryo For A Male One And People Have A Lot to Say!
For any parent struggling with infertility, the following story may be extremely hard to read. You see, when you’re having trouble conceiving just one child, it’s hard to feel any sympathy for those who have healthy and viable embryos but choose to not use them for one reason…their gender. Yes, it’s true. As astonishing as it sounds, parents out there are forgoing their own embryos in favour of using someone else’s instead.
Take 37 year old Lisa for example. The native New Yorker took to the internet recently to share her fertility journey. Lisa already has a 5 year old son but is desperate to have another boy. So much so, that she and her husband have undergone numerous rounds of IVF which have left them with one remaining female embryo.
Problem is, Lisa doesn’t want a girl. She wants to swap the female embryo for a male one.
“It doesn’t really matter,” she argued. “I think if I carry the baby, I would have a bond. I know so many women who have gone through IVF with donor eggs and that’s their child. A friend, who is white and Jewish, adopted a black child. That’s his son. That bond is unbreakable.”
Many potential parents have approached Lisa saying they will happily take the female embryo off her hands but don’t have a male one to exchange. Lisa says that is definitely a deal breaker.
“That is not going to work. We want a boy,” she said.