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7 Reasons to Consider Gestational Surrogacy


Posted August 31, 2023 in Gestational Surrogacy

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Countless couples and individual parents have successfully started their families using a gestational surrogate, beginning their journey to parenthood.

1. Overcoming Infertility

Many intended parents who choose surrogacy do so because they struggle with infertility. 

If you are a single parent, a woman who is unable to carry children, part of a same-sex couple, or you have had trouble conceiving through other assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF or IUI, surrogacy may be able to provide you with what you need to start or complete your family. 

2. Diverse Family Planning

With a surrogate, LGBTQIA+ couples and individuals can have a child that is genetically related to them. 

Additionally, individual parents without partners can have children with donor eggs or sperm through the services of a gestational surrogate

3. Raise Your Baby From Birth

Those struggling with infertility or otherwise unable to conceive are faced with what seems like few options. 

While adoption is beautiful and ideal for some parents, others are reluctant to adopt. 

With surrogacy, your child is yours from the minute they are born, and you will have the opportunity to know and bond with the surrogate, taking part in the pregnancy journey.

4. Different Donor Options

Surrogacy is a very flexible process. No matter your lifestyle, fertility, or health, you can have a child. 

Some of the options include:

  • Sperm and egg are donated by both parents
  • Egg donation with sperm from the intended father 
  • Sperm donation with egg from intended mother
  • A donor egg and donor sperm, making the embryo from both donating parties

No matter the combination, the gestational carrier is a healthy woman with no genetic relationship to the child. 

5. Higher Success Rate

Gestational carriers are women who have had healthy pregnancies in the past, increasing the chances that the surrogacy process will succeed. Also, surrogates undergo testing to ensure they are physically and mentally fit enough to carry a child.

While intended mothers may wish to carry a child, continual IVF cycles can become expensive, so it may be more cost-efficient to choose gestational surrogacy. 

Gestational surrogacy has some of the highest success rates for viable pregnancies. 

6. All Parties Are Protected

Outdated — and no longer used — surrogacy practices involved using the surrogate mother’s egg with a donor or the intended father’s sperm. This led to legal complications since the child was biologically related to the surrogate mother. 

Now, gestational surrogacy is the norm as the gestational carrier has no genetic relationship to the baby, and each party is under a legal contract before surrogacy can be pursued to ensure the protection of everyone. 

This protection includes medical risks, parental rights, and expectations of each party. 

7. Intended Parents Have the Option to Bond With Gestational Carriers 

You will have the opportunity to continue a relationship with your gestational carrier after the initial IVF process. 

Some parents become involved with her pregnancy journey, going to doctor’s appointments with her, communicating about changes throughout pregnancy, and creating a support network for one another. This can help parents feel closer to their baby early on as they are part of the process, from IVF to birth.

Gestational Surrogacy Services in Houston, TX

Dr. Stephan Krotz is an internationally recognized fertility physician and is the founder of Inovi Fertility & Genetics Institute. Dr. Krotz has decades of experience helping parents on their fertility journeys, providing care and insight. 

If you want to learn more about gestational surrogacy, the IVF process, or other fertility options in Houston, call Inovi Fertility & Genetics Institute at (713) 401-9000 to schedule a consultation today.