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What should I know about using a surrogate?

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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says a surrogate should get a medical exam to ensure that she's likely to have a healthy, full-term pregnancy. The organization suggests she gets tests that check for infectious diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, cytomegalovirus, and hepatitis B and C.

Surrogates should get tests to make sure they have immunity to measles, rubella (German measles), and chickenpox. In addition, you may want to ask that she get a medical procedure to visually "map" the uterus, which can help the doctor check her potential to carry a pregnancy. A surrogate mother should have her own doctor during pregnancy rather than use yours.

The cost of surrogacy can range from $80,000 to $120,000. A lot of different things go into the price, such as whether the surrogate has her own medical insurance or whether you need to buy a surrogacy-pregnancy policy for her.

SOURCES:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Third Party Reproduction."

The Ethics Committee. , November 2003.  Fertility and Sterility

The National Infertility Association: "Surrogacy," "Myths about Surrogates."

Sreenivas, K. and Campo-Engelstein, L.  , 2010. Cancer Treatment and Research

Saul, S.  , Dec. 13, 2009. The New York Times

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "ACOG Committee Opinion, February 2008: 'Surrogate Motherhood.'"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 07, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Third Party Reproduction."

The Ethics Committee. , November 2003.  Fertility and Sterility

The National Infertility Association: "Surrogacy," "Myths about Surrogates."

Sreenivas, K. and Campo-Engelstein, L.  , 2010. Cancer Treatment and Research

Saul, S.  , Dec. 13, 2009. The New York Times

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "ACOG Committee Opinion, February 2008: 'Surrogate Motherhood.'"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 07, 2017

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