There is a clear difference, at least on the surface, between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy: in traditional surrogacy, the same surrogate that carries the baby also donates the egg, making her the biological mother; In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate gets an egg from another donor and has no biological connection to the baby.
Of course, this isn’t the only difference between the two. There are a few other things to take into consideration:
The Use Of An Egg Donor: With gestational surrogacy, an egg donor is used to create the embryo that the surrogate carries. This is commonly used in cases where there is a same-sex couple, a single man, or a heterosexual couple that cannot produce healthy eggs. It is also used by women who cannot produce a healthy egg. Egg donation isn’t a required part of the traditional surrogacy process because the surrogate uses her own eggs. It is important to note that the egg donor doesn’t have to be someone unknown to the couple.
The Medical Procedures Are Different: Both methods of surrogacy involve different medical procedures. With gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is utilized to create an embryo and is then transferred to the surrogate. Commonly, traditional surrogacy will involve artificial insemination using intrauterine insemination (IUI) but it could also use IVF. An IUI is preferred in traditional surrogacy because it doesn’t require the surrogate the undergo as many treatments.
What Surrogacy Professionals Are Involved: There are surrogacy professionals who only specialize in a specific type of surrogacy. There are many, many more legal and emotional complexities involved in traditional surrogacy, so they require a practiced hand. This means that there may be fewer options when it comes down to making a decision. You may also need legal professionals involved in traditional surrogacy.
The Amount Of Time Involved: Gestational surrogacy typically doesn’t take as long because there are more surrogates willing to complete this process.
Cost: One of the biggest considerations for surrogacy is the cost. Traditional surrogacy is less expensive than gestational surrogacy for just the sticker price, however, the cost of any legal services need to be included in estimates.
Considerations for Intended Parents
For families considering surrogacy, the ability to weigh the pros and cons realistically is important. For many, it can be difficult to determine which form is better than the other. That is why talking to a professional who can help you to see how the process works is so important. They will be able to learn a little more about you and help to guide you to the right answer.
Some things to consider in the process include:
Can you provide a healthy egg? There are many reasons why a mother cannot provide an egg. If it is possible, however, you may want to donate an egg. This automatically makes the best choice for your family a gestational surrogate. If you cannot provide an egg, then you can still weigh both options.
What fits your budget? If you can afford multiple rounds of IVF and donation, then you may want to consider it. While cost shouldn’t be the only reason you make your choice, it is something important to consider – after all, you will have to put a child through college after this. You have to consider all aspects of the budget before making a decision.
Know the emotional risks. There are more emotional risks to using a traditional surrogate. While most of the wrinkles are ironed out before the surrogate even gets pregnant, there will always be a genetic link to that person.
There are so many differences between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. It is important to sit down and really think about them – and then talk to a professional who can help to give you a different perspective on everything. Know that it is definitely harder to find someone willing to be a traditional surrogate in today’s world.
Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today. We can give you all of the information that you need to make the best decision for your family.