3 Things to Know About Surrogacy
In this article, we will be discussing the top 3 things Eggceptional Fertility would like you to know about surrogacy, and why you should consider it a viable option when conceiving naturally isn’t quite working.
Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. With 1 in 8 couples unable to conceive naturally, it’s important to know all your options. There are several great innovations that help men and women create the family of their dreams, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). However, there is a lesser-known solution to overcoming fertility issues called surrogacy.
#1: What is Surrogacy?
Though there are many facets to surrogacy, the term typically describes a woman, also known as a gestational carrier or gestational surrogate, who carries a baby to term for intended parents. This woman will undergo IVF, where eggs are extracted from the intended mother (or the egg can come from an egg donor) using a needle, suction device, ultrasound, and inseminated in a petri dish with the intended father’s sperm. After 3-7 days, the fertilized egg, or embryo, is inserted into the surrogate’s uterus. The woman will intern “house” the baby who is biologically related to both the intended parents. This is generally done for couples who are unable to conceive naturally by themselves for varying reasons and need the help of someone who can effectively sustain a pregnancy.
#2: Why Choose Surrogacy?
There are a plethora of reasons why a couple may want to consider having a baby through a surrogate mother. Some common reasons intended parents decide to utilize surrogacy include:
- Same-sex couples – same-sex partners, generally men, will sometimes use donated eggs and a surrogate mother to create a family. It is important to pick an egg donor and surrogate agency, like Eggceptional Donor group, that is open and experienced in carrying out this process for same-sex parents.
- The intended mother has no uterus, or her uterus is damaged – Without a sustainable uterus, a fetus will not be able to grow. Some women are born without a uterus, and some may have their uterus removed due to a previous medical condition. Damaged uteruses from uterine trauma or natural causes typically form scar tissue or fibroid that make it extremely difficult for a woman to carry a pregnancy to term.
- The intended mother has had problems with previous pregnancies – If a woman has experienced severe complications resulting from a pregnancy, we strongly encourage surrogacy! This can be a much safer option for the woman and the baby.
- Pre-existing medical conditions – Certain conditions, like heart and kidney disease, make pregnancy unsafe for the mother. Additionally, many medical conditions require medications that can be dangerous to a growing babies health.
- Age – This is probably the most common reason people choose surrogacy. As women age, their eggs lose optimal genetic makeup, which can create a larger risk for complications during pregnancy.
#3: Finding a Surrogate Is Easy!
Finding a surrogate can be easy with Eggceptional Fertility. We have an outstanding group of caring surrogates that are ready to assist you on your journey to parenthood. We understand that even though this is an exciting time, it can also be quite stressful. We want to take as much pressure off our intended parents as possible by expertly managing every detail of the surrogacy process. Additionally, we even give each of our surrogates extensive interviewing and screening processes that include a background check and a home visit so you can rest assured knowing your baby will be in good hands. As your trusted advisor, we will match you with a qualified surrogate who is poised to help make all your family dreams come true!
Please call us today for a free consultation!
Sources: Resolve.org, Health.com