Linda Baugal could think of getting pregnant again. But already the quadruple mother had a complicated last pregnancy about five years ago. At age 37, he believes “it’s over.” “You have to be reasonable,” he laughs. Beside him, his wife, Marianne Boagal, whom he married in Cantal in 2017, sees things differently. The mother of little Elena, 8 years old and whose name is tattooed on her left hand, wants a second child in her 30s. So the couple launched the Medical Assisted Breeding (PMA) process in late 2021.
Before it became legal in the summer of 2021 (1), some women who were single or married to another woman resorted to artisan pregnancy to have a child. This method involves injecting, using a pipette, deep into the vagina, during ovulation, to collect sperm outside the supervised medical course. Linda Baugal reveals that she did it for one of her children.
“But it’s a lot like playing the lottery, because the donor may have a genetic problem. With PMA, it is more serious. A
Linda Bogal (About technical breeding)
There is another major drawback to artisan conception: it does not recognize filtration and has to go through the “adoption” box. A process that can take years to implement. With the legalization of PMA for lesbian couples, this restriction has been overcome. The woman whose wife carried the baby – in this case Linda if the process is completed – will be able to establish a relationship with a notary before the expected joint recognition in pregnancy.
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So far, Linda and Marion have seen the steps taken “yet quickly” and “quietly”. Just one month after their process began, they were able to make an appointment at Limoges Hospital Center in November 2021. A gynecologist did a blood test and told Marian that the future biological mother, other tests would be taken.
Appointment and test batteries
Linda and Marianne Bogal Guerrett, May 13, 2022.
Among them, ovarian reserve ultrasound (also called antral follicular count) or hysterosalpingography. The latter makes it possible to observe the uterus (= hystero) and the fallopian tube (= salpingo) to identify any pathology that may affect fertility. Marianne Boagal also performed an ultrasound of the ovaries at Guerrero’s Clinic de la March. He did not hide the fact that he felt “a little panicked” before the test, including his real name.
“I went to the internet and people said it was really bad. And actually, no. A
Marianne Bogle (About some pre-map tests)
The couple should then have an appointment at a Center for the Study and Conservation of Human Eggs and Sperm (Sycos). It would be Clarmont, Bordeaux or possibly Limoges, which would be more practical for our couple from Kreusoises. “We were told there would be an appointment first, then a second, then finally artificial insemination or IVF (2), including hormone therapy for something,” Linda Boagal points out. She and Marian are already imagining choosing the features of their future child. “Marianne wanted to have her darker skin, but we were told that her skin color would be better if it was the same as ours (two women’s lighter skin, Ed),” said Linda. Having two mothers already can be a source of ridicule … you have to be careful. The quadruple mother imagines what her future child might look like, despite everything: “brown, green eyes”. Would love a boy, Marian a girl, and on this side, Mother Nature alone would decide.
(1) Act of August 2, 2021 on Bioethics.
(2) In vitro fertilization: It brings two male and female reproductive cells in contact with each other so that fertilization takes place. It occurs outside the woman’s uterus, in vitro, i.e. in the laboratory.
5,126. Number of first counseling requests registered in France for Medical Assisted Reproduction (MAP), including sperm donation for the benefit of female couples or unmarried women.
53%. Most unmarried women are at the root of a request for consultation with an ART identified above.
185. The number of sperm donors registered in 26 of the 27 Response Centers is a growing trend compared to 2021.
2.553. The number of women requesting first consultation for self-storage of their oocytes (851 per month) and 1,130 were consulted (377 per month). So interest is growing compared to the period 15 October to 31 December, 2021 in which 1,464 requests for first consultation were recorded (i.e. 587 per month). (Source: Biomedicine Agency, between January 1 and March 31, 2022)
Photo by Floris Bressi
Text Daniel Lauret