When patients come to Dr. Janelle Dorsett, they often expect their infertility issues to be solved through intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sometimes other fertility procedures are necessary. Our Lubbock, TX fertility specialists could recommend traditional or gestational surrogacy to help couples have healthy children.
We at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine would like to discuss the differences between both kinds of surrogacy and why one may be more ideal for you.
Key Difference Between Gestational and Traditional Surrogacy
A surrogate is a woman who carries a baby to term for someone else. There is a major difference when it comes to these types of surrogacy for fertility treatment.
- In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate uses her own eggs, which are fertilized through IUI or IVF. Traditional surrogacy means that the surrogate has a biological link to the baby.
- In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are not used and she simply carries the pregnancy to term via IVF treatment. Gestational surrogacy means the surrogate has no biological connection to the baby.
Why the Source of the Eggs Matters
The condition and viability of the eggs used during IVF is crucial for the success of treatment and the health of the baby and the surrogate. Poor quality eggs increase the risk of IVF or IUI failure.
We’ll get into greater detail about the source of the eggs during fertility treatment, but rest assured that our Lubbock fertility specialists will make sure any eggs used during IVF or IUI are viable and healthy.
When Is Traditional Surrogacy a Good Option
Traditional surrogacy is a good option when a mother cannot become pregnant on her own and no longer has viable eggs of her own. This could be due to age, medical problems affecting the eggs, or the risk of genetic birth defects.
In these cases, a surrogate volunteers to undergo IVF or IUI, using her own eggs to become pregnant and give birth to someone else’s baby.
When Is Gestational Surrogacy a Good Option
Gestational surrogacy tends to be a good option when a mother has viable eggs of her own but is unable to carry a pregnancy to term herself. In these cases, there may be a high risk of pregnancy loss, or the mother may suffer from other kinds of medical conditions that make natural pregnancy a poor option.
With gestational surrogacy, a woman can have her own eggs fertilized and allow a surrogate to carry her child to term.
Family Building for Same-Sex Couples
For same-sex couples, surrogacy is essential for having biological children together. Whether it’s traditional or gestational surrogacy, either method helps LGBTQ couples experience the joys of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood.
Helping You Get the Treatment You Need
Both types of surrogacy are great options to consider if you are having difficulty starting a family of your own. If you would like to learn if either option is ideal for you, we’d be more than happy to discuss the risks and benefits in greater detail during a consultation.
Contact the Centre for Reproductive Medicine
For more information about surrogacy options and how they can help you have children, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists. You can reach our office in Lubbock by phone at (806) 788-1212.