What is surrogacy, and could it benefit me?

As one of the most successful assisted fertility options around, surrogacy helps adults who are unable to conceive a child.

Women take up the generous role of surrogates, offering their womb to allow others to become parents via arranged treatments.

While it can be an emotional journey and legally complex arrangement, it is becoming a popular way of having children.

Types of surrogacy

For those who are surrogates, it’s a very selfless offer, and one that can be very rewarding. To be specific, surrogacy is split into two different types, ‘partial or straight’ surrogacy, and ‘gestational’ surrogacy.

Partial or straight surrogacy takes place when a woman is unable to produce eggs. This results in the surrogate donating eggs to be inseminated with either sperm from the woman’s partner, or donor sperm.

Gestational surrogacy, better known as ‘host surrogacy’, occurs when a woman is able to produce eggs, but unable to carry a child. Her eggs are then fertilised using her partner’s sperm, or donor sperm, and placed into the surrogate’s womb to be carried to full term.

There are personalised IVF care packages available that allow you to be cared for privately.

Whatever route you choose, there are many benefits that come with both being and using a surrogate. Read on to discover just exactly how surrogacy can benefit you:

Allows you to have children

It goes without saying that the main benefit of surrogacy is giving parents that are unable to either have or carry a child, the opportunity to raise one.

There are numerous reasons why some adults are unable to conceive. Sometimes it’s an issue with the male’s sperm, sometimes it’s the woman’s egg, or it can be a different health issue.

Surrogacy is one of the many treatments that may be called upon in a time of need.

It’s widely believed that the success rates for surrogacy vary between 65%-75% worldwide, making it an excellent choice for people who want to become parents. The hardest part of the process is discovering how to find a surrogate. Speak to a member of our team for guidance on how you can find your own donor.

A genetic tie

With gestational surrogacy, there’s a chance that both potential parents will be genetically related to the child.

This treatment is carried out via IVF treatment, where the embryo is created via sperm and your egg or a donor egg.

Sharing a biological connection with your child means that they can share similar traits and characteristics to you which will become more evident as they grow up.

Rewarding for both parties

Surrogacy benefits

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The most beautiful aspect of surrogacy is that it’s extremely rewarding for both parties.

This treatment can form long lasting relationships between recipients and surrogates alike. However, the most rewarding element is that the surrogate helps you grow your family.

Surrogates can be used when medical conditions effect a couple’s chances of pregnancy, but also for same-sex couples.

Screening process

Whether you’ve known your surrogate for a long time, or you’ve just become acquainted with them, they will need extensive screening.

Before the surrogate receives the embryo, they’ll undergo multiple tests including physical exams, urine tests and smear tests, to ensure that they’re in the right condition to carry a child.

Surrogacy Screening Process

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They will have their medical, social and drug history analysed, as well as vigorous background checks to ensure the surrogacy process is a safe one.

From the surrogate’s perspective, by going through the screening process you have an in-depth analysis of your physical wellbeing, giving you reassurance that no health condition is going to affect yourself and the baby you’re carrying.

Pregnancy can be a worrying period for some, but as a surrogate going for regular screenings, specialised clinics are going to offer you on-hand support when you need it.

Hopefully you have learned some of the main surrogacy benefits and their effects in the long haul.

To find how to donate and share your sperm and eggs, or discover how to become a surrogate, get in touch with a fertility expert us today.