For millions of women around the world, the journey to parenthood is an arduous one, filled with turns and twists as well as lingering frustration and disappointment, which is why, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, more women are having children through medical intervention than ever before.
If you’ve been plagued by infertility issues and have been unable to get pregnant, it may be time to turn to other alternatives—with surrogacy being one of the options. However, when it comes to surrogacy, there’s a lot to be learned about what goes down.
Whether you’re considering becoming a parent through surrogacy or becoming a surrogate yourself, here are some important facts that you need to be aware of.
There are Two Types of Surrogates
Those considering the surrogacy route should know that the term “surrogate” has different definitions. There’s traditional surrogacy, in which the woman is impregnated through artificial insemination. The sperm can be from the intended father or a donor. The surrogate carries the baby to term and gives birth to it, after which it’s given to the intended parent(s). In this scenario, the surrogate is the child’s biological mother, as her egg was fertilized.
Then we have gestational surrogacy in which the mother’s eggs are collected and fertilized with the sperm of the father through IVF. The resulting embryo is then placed in a surrogate’s uterus, who then carries the baby to birth. In this scenario, the surrogate is not the child’s biological mother.
It’s Only Done For Medical Reasons
Contrary to what you may have gleaned from Hollywood tabloids, a surrogacy is never (or, at least, very rarely) ever executed for the convenience of the mother. It’s only recommended for medical reasons, such as a biological inability to conceive or carry a child, an absolute medical contraindication to pregnancy, or a significant uterine anomaly.
A Surrogate Can Be a Complete Stranger
When it comes to the option of who’ll carry the child, there are plenty of options. While it’s a familial affair for some, others prefer a stranger as their surrogate. While you can choose a relative or a close friend, oftentimes, the most successful outcomes are achieved through carefully screened, non-related individuals. You have agencies, such as MEDSO, that specialize in finding the right surrogates for intended parents.
If you’re looking to become a surrogate or are looking for one, reach out to the specialists at MEDSO. As a leading gestational surrogacy program, they’ve been providing comprehensive services for over 15 years.