What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child.
Is surrogacy for me?
Surrogacy may be appropriate if you have a medical condition that makes it impossible or dangerous to get pregnant and to give birth.
The type of medical conditions that might make surrogacy necessary for you include:
- absence or malformation of the womb
- recurrent pregnancy loss
- repeated in vitro fertilisation (IVF) implantation failures.
How does surrogacy work?
Full surrogacy (also known as Host or Gestational) – Full surrogacy involves the implantation of an embryo created using either:
- the eggs and sperm of the intended parents
- a donated egg fertilised with sperm from the intended father
- an embryo created using donor eggs and sperm.
Partial surrogacy (also known Straight or Traditional) – Partial surrogacy involves sperm from the intended father and an egg from the surrogate. Here fertilisation is (usually) done by artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
What is my chance of having a baby with surrogacy?
It is quite difficult to determine a success rate for surrogacy, as many factors are relevant, including:
- the surrogate’s ability to get pregnant
- the age of the egg donor (if involved)
- the success of procedures such as IUI and IVF
- the quality of gamete provided by the comissioning couple.
The age of the woman who provides the egg is the most important factor that affects chances of pregnancy.
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