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Post Treatment Fertility For Women


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Surrogacy is an option for women who cannot carry a pregnancy, either because they no longer have a working uterus, or would be at high risk for a health problem if they got pregnant. There are 2 types of surrogate mothers.

A gestational carrier is a healthy female who receives the embryos created from the tissues of the intended parents. The gestational carrier does not contribute her own egg to the embryo and has no genetic relationship to the baby.

A traditional surrogate is usually a woman who becomes pregnant through artificial insemination with the sperm of the man in the couple who will raise the child. She gives her egg, carries the pregnancy and is the genetic mother of the baby.

The success rates for surrogacy are about the same as standard IVF artificial insemination. Surrogacy can be a legally complicated and expensive process. Surrogacy laws vary, so it is important to have an attorney to help you make the legal arrangements with your surrogate. You should consider the laws of the state where the surrogate lives, the state where the child will be born, and the state where you will live. It is also very important that the surrogate mother have evaluation and support by an expert mental health professional as part of the process. Very few surrogacy agreements go sour, but when they do, typically this step was left out.

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