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Who uses surrogates?

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If you're a woman, you may consider a surrogate for several reasons:

You may want to think about surrogacy if you tried but couldn't get pregnant with a variety of assisted-reproduction techniques, such as IVF.

Surrogates have also made parenthood an option for people who might not be able to adopt a child, perhaps because of their age or marital status.

If gay men decide to use a traditional surrogate, one of them uses his sperm to fertilize the surrogate's egg through artificial insemination. The surrogate then carries the baby and gives birth.

A gay couple might also choose an egg donor, fertilize that donated egg, and then have the embryo implanted in a gestational surrogate to carry until birth.

  • Medical problems with your uterus
  • You had a hysterectomy that removed your uterus
  • Conditions that make pregnancy impossible or risky for you, such as severe heart disease

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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