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Unlocking Hope: Exploring the Top 5 Medical Considerations that Inspire Surrogacy

An emerging pathway to parenthood, surrogacy offers a hopeful solution for those unable to achieve pregnancy. This transformative journey involves a woman carrying a baby on behalf of individuals or couples facing challenges in conceiving or carrying a child of their own.

5 compelling reasons individuals and couples turn to surrogacy include:

1. Recurrent Miscarriage:

• Miscarriages, occurring in 15-20% of pregnancies (most frequently up to 13 weeks), can result from genetic or chromosomal problems.

• Structural uterus issues and genetic or chromosomal anomalies with the embryo, most commonly contribute to early miscarriage, while late miscarriage can be linked to maternal factors like uterine abnormalities or autoimmune problems, an incompetent cervix, or premature labor.

2. Repeated Failure of IVF Treatment:

• Repeated implantation failure (RIF) in IVF cycles can result from embryonic causes or maternal factors. Implantation failure due to embryonic causes is associated with either genetic abnormalities or other factors intrinsic to the embryo, which impair its ability to develop in utero, to hatch, and to then implant. Maternal factors include uterine anatomic abnormalities, thrombophilia, non-receptive endometrium, and immunological factors.

• If embryonic causes are identified, the use of a donor is recommended, while maternal factors suggest the use of a surrogate carrier for a successful embryo transfer.

3. Premature Menopause Due to Cancer Treatment:

• Cancer treatments may induce ovarian or testicular failure, impacting fertility.

• Preservation options, like freezing oocytes or sperm, before chemotherapy are strongly recommended for future parents facing cancer diagnoses.

4. Hysterectomy or Absent/Abnormal Uterus:

• Conditions leading to a hysterectomy or an absent/ abnormal uterus can be addressed through IVF treatment.

• Creating embryos using the intended parents’ genetic material and transferring them to a gestational surrogate offers a viable solution.

5. Serious Health Risks Posed by Pregnancy:

Risk factors for pregnancy complications include:

A maternal age of 35 or older

Pregnancy at a young age

Eating disorders (eg. anorexia)

History of pregnancy loss or preterm birth

Carrying multiples, such as twins or triplets

Pre-existing health conditions such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes

If any of these circumstances resonate with you, now is the time to consult with a fertility specialist. Contact us at to explore the possibilities and embark on your journey to parenthood.


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