Surrogacy: Guide to Understanding your Options

For many couples, starting a family marks a special stage in their lives. However, there are some couples who for some reason or another are unable to have children. Thankfully, there is one option that is making parenting dreams come true for many couples and that is surrogacy.

What is surrogacy?

This is a process where a woman will carry an embryo and give birth to a baby on behalf of an individual or couple. The woman is referred to as a surrogate. There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational surrogacy.


What is traditional surrogacy?

In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate mother is both the egg donor and the embryo carrier. Using intrauterine insemination or IUI, she will be impregnated with the sperm taken from the intended child’s father. Since the surrogate’s egg is being used in the pregnancy, she is considered the biological mother of the developing child.

What is gestational surrogacy?

In gestational surrogacy, the embryo is formed using the egg and sperm of the biological parents. Through in vitro fertilization, the embryo is implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. Since the surrogate mother is only carrying the embryo, she is not the biological mother.

Couples who pursue the gestational surrogacy process are both fertile, but the female is unable to become pregnant.


Which type of surrogacy is better?

There are advantages and disadvantages in both types of surrogacies. The type you choose will be determined by your ability to produce viable eggs and affordability.

Traditional surrogacy is usually more affordable. There is no donation fee requirement. If insemination is not successful in the first attempt, it can be attempted within a few weeks rather than months. In addition, the surrogate will not have to take extra fertility medication.

In the gestational surrogacy process, since both the egg and sperm are coming from the biological parents of the intended child, the surrogate is not related to the child. This is extremely important to many parents because it still enables them to have a child that is one hundred percent biologically related to them.

Where can you get more information about surrogacy?

To obtain more information about surrogacy, please visit Rite Options.


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