The Meaning of Surrogacy

Posted July 24, 2017 from United States

Surrogacy is a term used when another woman carries a couple’s baby if the couple can’t have babies of their own. A lot of couples have problems when it comes to conceiving a baby. This may be for multiple reasons. Yet, there is a woman out there that are more than happy to carry the baby for them. This is a big decision to make if you have the same problem.

You and your partner have to be very sure about this decision you make. You must remember that this woman is going to carry the baby for 9 months and give birth. Thus, you must decide if surrogacy is really for you. If you really have a very bad medical condition that is causing you not to get pregnant then maybe you should think about it.

Becoming a surrogate is just as big a step for any woman and should not be taken lightly.

If you truly want a baby and can’t conceive, there is, a lot to consider. I know that you will not go through all the experience that a baby gives during pregnancy, but it will still be your baby on the end of the day.

A lot of times when a woman is not able to fall pregnant or able to give birth, a surrogacy mother is recommended.

Medical causes

Here are some medical conditions that can cause you not to become pregnant or be able to carry a baby:

• Having no womb.

• Malformation of the womb.

• Having trouble conceiving a baby.

• IVF (in vitro fertilization) or implantation failures.

How it works

A full surrogacy is also called a Gestational or a Host. A Host or a Gestational involves implantation of an embryo that has been created by using one of these methods:

• An egg that has been donated and fertilized by the father’s sperm.

• A created embryo that is done using a donor’s sperm and eggs.

• Using the sperm and egg of the parents to be.

A Partial surrogacy also called Traditional or Straight. Straight or Traditional surrogacy is when the sperm of the father is used and the egg of the surrogacy mother. In this case, fertilization can be done by intrauterine insemination (IUI) or artificial insemination.

What is the chance of having a baby with surrogacy?

You cannot really determine if it is going to be successful or not. There is some factor that you must consider that can also make the surrogacy not successful.

Here they are:

• The egg donor’s age.

• How successful the procedure of the IUI or the IVF is.

• The ability to get pregnant (surrogacy mother getting pregnant).

The most important thing to take into consideration is the age of the woman who is donating the egg. This factor can affect the pregnancy.

Risks of surrogacy

Risks will depend on what type of surrogacy is undertaken, partial or full. Full surrogacy risks are very similar as those for IVF. Another risk to consider is transferring any diseases, for example, hepatitis or HIV. Everyone that is going to be involved with the surrogacy has to be screened. If you are going to do this, it is best through a clinic that is licensed then everyone is automatically going to be screened.

Before going through with such a decision, I recommend that you get legal advice about surrogacy as this cannot be reversed. Some counseling will also do all parties involved some good before you go through with it. There are many questions that have to be answered and asked. So, it is best to see your doctor and ask him/her to help you get an advisor.

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Jill Langhus
Jul 25, 2017
Jul 25, 2017

Hi Emma. Thanks for sharing your article on surrogacy so people can learn more about it.

leila Kigha
Jul 26, 2017
Jul 26, 2017

Hiya Ekalman! 

Thank you very much my dear for such a rich write up. It gives a deep insight into this subject. Many people have little information about this and tend to judge. 

Hope to read some more. 

YLLANG Montenegro
Sep 12, 2017
Sep 12, 2017

Hi Ekalma,

this is very informative article, thanks for sharing

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