There are many reasons why a doctor might suggest surrogacy as an option for couples who are struggling to conceive. If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or more, have been diagnosed with a fertility issue, or have had multiple miscarriages, then surrogacy might be a good option for you. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of surrogacy and when it might be the right choice for you and your family.
What is Surrogacy?
A “surrogate” is a woman who becomes pregnant (usually by artificial insemination or the surgical implantation of a fertilized egg) for the purpose of carrying the fetus to term for another person or couple. The embryo is created using the genetic material (either eggs and sperm, or an egg donor and sperm donor) of the intended parents or the donors they choose.
Physical Reasons for Needing a Surrogate
There are a few obvious instances in which a surrogate might be necessary for your case. For example, a gay male couple would need a female surrogate to carry their child to birth. A single male parent looking to have children would also need a surrogate to carry the child.
However, there are more complicated reasons that a surrogate might be necessary. In older fertility patients, an “OBGYN clearance” might be needed. This is when your fertility physician requires a clearance note or report from your OBGYN saying that you are physically able to carry the child without risk to yourself or the baby. Medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid disorders can be a factor in your doctor’s decision. If the woman has had multiple miscarriages or no successful pregnancies, then surrogacy might be the best treatment option.
There are also cases when women have had their uterus removed (a hysterectomy) due to medical reasons (such as cancer). In these cases, surrogacy might be the only way to have a child.
There are also emotional reasons why couples might consider surrogacy as an option. For some patients that have had a history of multiple miscarriages, your physician might recommend using a surrogate to prevent further emotional stress. Some women also prefer to use their own eggs, but do not want to go through the physical strain of being pregnant, and use a surrogate as an alternative.
If you are considering surrogacy, please speak with your doctor to see if it is the right option for you. There are many different factors to consider when making this decision, and your doctor can help guide you through the process.
How to know when you need a surrogate
It is important to keep an open conversation with your physician. They recommend treatment options to you with your best interests in mind. They are very experienced and will recommend surrogacy if they think that it is your best route to creating the family of your dreams.
If you or your loved ones are considering surrogacy, we want to help. We have a team of knowledgeable physicians who can answer any questions you might have about the process and provide guidance on how to find an appropriate surrogate.
Why New Hope?
New Hope Fertility Center is home to world-renowned fertility specialists. We custom design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. Our team is well versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals and we are passionate about educating, and supporting our patients throughout their journey. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (212) 517-7676 or schedule your initial consultation today!