There are two types of surrogacy that the IVF centers carry out using various techniques. They are traditional and gestational surrogacy. Depending on the health of the intended parents who usually from the donor pair, the IVF center could ask them to choose one of the two reproduction techniques. Which one should one choose?
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is the egg donor. This means that the surrogate mother is not just the carrier of the child but also the biological mother of the surrogate baby. The sperm could be deposited into the surrogate’s uterus using natural cohabitation or by artificial insemination. In cases of traditional surrogacy, the intended parents have to legally adopt the baby from the surrogate. While this is a fairly safe reproduction technique for childless parents, many modern couples, especially with a celebrity status prefer to opt for gestational surrogacy. Why?
Gestational Surrogacy Services are an effective reproduction technique that allows the prospective parents to maintain a biological relationship with the surrogate baby. It is carried using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) where the egg or the sperm of the intended parent is extracted and then fertilized in a laboratory setting. The embryo is then implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother. The embryo has to be implanted within the first 3 weeks of conception to ensure safe gestation. Based on the fertility of the parent, they can pick gestation surrogacy over the traditional type.
Here are 4 differences between tradition and gestational surrogacy that will help every prospective parent to make a better decision.
1. Age plays a big part
Are you above 30? Do you intend to have a baby before you turn 35? If yes, it is the best time to get a baby through gestation surrogacy. In the case of tradition surrogacy, there is no age limit to have a surrogate baby as the sperm or the egg is sourced from the respective donors. In the case of gestation surrogacy, the age directly affects the quality of the egg and the sperm. Therefore, IVF fertility centers usually recommend the intended parents to opt for traditional surrogacy in case you have crossed the age barrier.
2. Hormone therapy
Gestation surrogacy is an elaborate procedure as it requires multiple screenings of the donor as well as the surrogate mother. The surrogate mother is prepared adequately to ensure that the embryo is properly implanted and it grows thereon. Hormone therapy starts a month before the uterus is implanted with the embryo. The cost of hormone therapy in gestational surrogacy procedure makes it beyond the reach of many middle-income childless parents.
3. Waiting time
In case of traditional surrogacy, the waiting time is usually over 24 months owing to the time it takes to search a surrogate mother and then formalize the adoption procedure. Gestational surrogacy is far less complicated and the IVF centers usually complete the pregnancy in the stipulated 9 months.
4. Emotional bonding
Intended parents find gestational surrogacy to be more emotionally fulfilling than traditional procedures as they could be biologically related to the baby. However, traditional surrogacy is no less significant as it definitely meets the requirements of couples who have been childless since a long time.