2 Types of Surrogacy Explained
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6% of married women are unable to get pregnant after 1 year of trying, and 12% who do get pregnant struggle to carry a pregnancy to term. On top of that, 7.5% of men younger than 45 years old struggle with infertility.
With fertility and other issues making it difficult to impossible to start a family, more and more people are turning to surrogacy, having another woman carry the baby. There are 2 types of surrogacy: IVF and IVF/ED gestational surrogacy.
In vitro fertilization or IVF surrogacy involves taking an egg from the intended mother and fertilizing it with the sperm from the intended father or sperm donor (if needed) in a laboratory before transferring it to the surrogate mother’s uterus. The process involves follicle development, egg collection, egg culture, and in vitro fertilization for the intended mother. Then the surrogate mother undergoes the uterine and embryo transfer and luteal phase supervision.
IVF/ED surrogacy is similar to IVF except it involves getting an egg from a donor and fertilizing it with the intended father’s sperm. In this process, the surrogate mother still has no genetic ties to the baby.
When a couple chooses a woman to carry their child, this person is compensated for her time and efforts. Not only can you make money, but you can also help a couple start a family that may not be able to have children without your help. If you are interested in joining the ranks of surrogate mothers, contact the Center for Surrogate Parenting for more information.