Gestational surrogacy bridges the “infertility gap” and is considered by many as one of the most extraordinary tools. According to recent reports, between 10 to 15 percent of couples are dealing with the heartache of infertility every single year. Under a closer statistical lens, more than 200,000 cases of infertility are being reported in the United States.
Worldwide, those numbers are skyrocketing.
Another group needing help with their fertility challenges is gay men who want nothing more than to be fathers. With the help of egg donors and surrogates, fatherhood is attainable.
With surrogacy news making the headlines, oftentimes articles that emerge reveal how an intended parent battling infertility due to health issues finally becomes a parent.
The specific health reasons as to why someone is struggling with their infertility are individualized. Some medical explanations may include the following:
- Cancer survivors who are rendered infertile due to treatments
- Women who were born without a uterus or for medical reasons needed a partial or total hysterectomy
In News Health, Michael Cackovic, M.D., an obstetrician whose expertise is in fetal medicine explains the array of potential possibilities as to why intending parents need a surrogate.
Reporter Jessica Migala cites Dr. Cackovic saying, “For example, the woman may not have a uterus after a hysterectomy to treat a disease like cancer. Or she might have suffered recurrent miscarriages, or tried several cycles of IVF that were unsuccessful.” He also added, “Or she could have a health problem that makes pregnancy dangerous, such as pulmonary hypertension.”
There are also myths which are often dispelled around gestational surrogacy. The first is that with gestational surrogacy there is no biological link to the baby whatsoever. Surrogates are carrying this special baby for an intended parent(s).
In this comprehensive News Health article, reproductive endocrinologist, Naveed Khan, M.D. was also interviewed in the behind-the-scenes procedure.
“Through an IVF cycle, you take the egg from the mom and fertilize it with the dad’s sperm, then transfer the embryo into the uterus of a gestational carrier,” he said.
If a mother’s egg cannot be used, then an egg donor is chosen by the intending parents. While infertility reasons vary, other scenarios may be used in where a sperm donor is needed but the intending mother’s egg can be utilized.
Surrogate candidates who read the profiles of their potential intended parents are intellectually and emotionally awakened regarding the struggles people have endured to have a baby. Infertility raises awareness and compassion.
There is an underlying medical reason for needing a surrogate. And without a surrogate, scores of individuals and couples may never become parents.