Starting a family is a wonderful time in anyone’s life. However, there are many people who want to start a family, but, for some reason or another, are unable to become pregnant. Many couples and individuals take the surrogacy route.  

Types of Surrogacy

There are two main options when it comes to surrogacy, traditional and gestational. 

Traditional surrogacy

In this case, the surrogate provides the egg. The sperm is usually provided by the intended father. Using IUI, the egg is artificially inseminated. Since the surrogate is using their own egg, they will be genetically related to the child. This can cause a lot of emotional stress for some intended parents, which is why traditional surrogacy is the less preferred approach.

Gestational Surrogacy

In this scenario, the child is not biologically related to the surrogate. The embryo is created via in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the eggs of the intended mother and the sperm of intended father. The embryo is then transferred to the surrogate to carry out the pregnancy. A surrogate can be a close friend or family member or obtained through a surrogacy agency.  

Top Six Reasons to Consider a Surrogate Mother

Same-Sex Couples

Many same-sex couples are eager to expand their families, and surrogacy is the only option for them. Men will have to use donated eggs and the services of a surrogate mother to start a family.  At Physician’s Surrogacy, we are delighted to report that surrogacy is rapidly gaining widespread public acceptance, especially for LGBTQ couples.

Age

By the age of 30, fertility starts to decline, since the number and quality of eggs decrease as women gets older. While in men, the quality of the sperm declines drastically when they reach their 40s. By the age of 45, fertility declines so much that getting pregnant naturally is unlikely. Also, women who get pregnant in their late 30s have a higher risk of complications, which may affect their health and the health of the baby.

Personal Decision

For some, surrogacy is not a medical but a social choice. Some individuals may not have found the right partner to start a family with, so surrogacy is a viable option. At Physicians Surrogacy we believe that everyone has a right to build families in a way that supports their personal choices.

Lack of a Uterus

It is possible that a woman wishing to start her family may not have a uterus. This may occur due to Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic malformation, or the woman may have had her uterus removed.   MRKH is a condition that causes the vagina to be underdeveloped or absent, although genitalia functions normally. Affected women do not have menstrual period and cannot carry pregnancy herself.

Uterine Structural Problem

Less severe than the above, a woman can have an inherent condition or uterine defect, which makes conception of a baby difficult. It is very unlikely that a child could be carried to term. It is also possible that a malformation in the uterus may not have impact in conception but can make it impossible for a woman to carry the child to term.

Other Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions don’t directly affect a woman’s physical ability to conceive but can have an impact on her ability to carry a child to term. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or kidney issues can turn pregnancy into a life-threatening event for the mother and child. Also, certain medicines being taken may put an unborn child’s health at risk.

Your Journey Starts Here

For over 20 years, Physician’s Surrogacy has helped connect intended parents with surrogate mothers. We currently have the largest surrogacy program in the nation, which means no wait time. Our physician managed program allows us to be with you every step of the way from selection to delivery. Contact us today at family@physicianssurrogacy.com or call us at (858) 209-3801 for a complimentary consultation.