Infertility has affected so many couples. It is one of the most difficult challenges faced by married couples. It is definitely an emotive issue, but an important one. People look for solutions but most of them end up with disappointment.
But, that should not be the case. With the new developments in technology, Medical scientists have come up with ways that can help a couple’s dream of having a child come true. Surrogacy is one such solution.
Surrogacy is when a couple is not able to conceive because either one or both partners are medically unfit to have a baby.
In medical terms, surrogacy is a method where a woman is artificially inseminated with the sperm of the father. She carries the baby in her womb and delivers it to the couple.
Types of Surrogacy:
There are 2 types of surrogacy and they are:
1. Gestational surrogacy: A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a baby that has been conceived using the egg of the intended mother, or an egg donor, and sperm from the intended father or sperm donor.
A gestational mother does not have any genetic connections to the baby, which makes an infertile couple feel secure, knowing that the surrogate mother can’t keep their baby.
2. Traditional surrogacy: Traditional surrogate mothers are the ones who use their eggs and are artificially inseminated by the intended fathers or sperm donors. The egg or the sperm or both be taken from a donor if required.
A traditional surrogate mother is basically the baby’s biological mother because it’s her egg that was fertilized by the intended father.
Things to consider before choosing surrogacy:
When you are thinking about choosing surrogacy then there are certain things that you should consider. They are:
1. Make sure that the surrogate mother is fit and healthy.
2. Her blood pressure, sugar levels, etc. should be normal.
3. She should have given birth to a baby before.
4. She should be between the ages of 21 and 40.
5. She should be mentally fit.
6. You should know the understand the procedure well before going for it.
7. Make all the legal arrangements and clear everything with the surrogate mother.
8. The woman does not drink alcohol, illegal drugs, or cigarettes and has had no abusive behavior in the past.
Who should opt for surrogacy?
Surrogacy should be like your last option when trying to conceive. There are other treatments for infertility such as IVF(In Vitro Fertilization) and Artificial Insemination.
If any of those are unsuccessful after many trials then couples can opt for surrogacy.
Couples or women who may choose surrogacy as an option should include:
1. Women who are unable to carry a child to term.
2. Women who have had multiple pregnancy losses.
3. Women who are unable to conceive due to a missing or abnormal uterus.
4. Women who have had multiple failed attempts of In Vitro fertilization(IVF).
5. Women with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart condition, or liver disease.
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