Candidates For Surrogacy

A good candidate for surrogacy is someone who cannot carry a pregnancy

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: January 17, 2012

A Good Candidate For Surrogacy

Surrogacy is an infertility option for couples with a female infertility factor or who otherwise cannot biologically carry a pregnancy to term. All parties involved need to be good candidates and emotionally prepared for the process. In some circumstances, the intended parent(s) choose the surrogate mother while other times the surrogate mother decides whose child she carries.  

There are a number of reasons that make someone a good candidate for surrogacy. Women with problems in the uterus cannot successfully carry a pregnancy. Whether the embryo fails to implant or a couple experiences repeated miscarriages, surrogacy can be a viable option to having genetic children.

Women with certain medical conditions unrelated to childbirth may be good candidates for surrogacy. Some medical conditions can increase risks during pregnancy that make it life-threatening to the mother.  Very high blood pressure or certain heart conditions in women can lead doctors to recommend surrogacy. A pelvic disorder is another reason that could drive a woman to seek surrogacy.

Women without uteruses are most always good candidates for surrogacy. Some women are born without a uterus while others have theirs removed due to a medical condition or trauma. Surrogacy allows women who have undergone a hysterectomy (surgically removal of the uterus) to still have children of their own.

Women with genetic disease may opt to surrogacy rather than risk passing the disease onto their children. Such candidates may also opt for preimplantation genetic diagnosis, which can prevent the inheritance of genetic disease.

Unexplained infertility occurs in approximately twenty percent of infertile couples. Surrogacy can be a viable option for couples who cannot determine the source of the problem after infertility testing.

Same sex couples are good candidates for surrogacy. Surrogacy allows these couples who cannot biologically produce their own children have children who embody their own genetics.

Lastly, some women simply do not want to experience pregnancy but want to have children. A woman may not want to alter her figure or experience the side effects of pregnancy. However, candidates should be aware that some clinics will not treat patients seeking surrogacy for social purposes and require a medical condition to go forth.

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