The term “gestational surrogacy” pertains to a treatment process, wherein another woman “gestational surrogate” goes through the embryo transfer process, and subsequently carries the pregnancy to . The intended parents are involved with the pregnancy, are typically present at the birth, and take over parenting responsibilities immediately thereafter.
From a medical viewpoint, the procedure of gestational surrogacy is comparable to egg donation/recipient treatment cycles. The major notable difference is the fact that the gestational surrogate becomes the “recipient”. Gestational surrogacy may be accomplished with the surrogate’s eggs, or with an egg donor. Other in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures such as ICSI or PGS can be used in conjunction with gestational surrogacy.
The gestational surrogate is clearly known by the intended parents (never anonymous like egg or sperm donation). The gestational surrogate may be obtained from a surrogacy agency or can very well be someone you know, either a good friend or family member. Choosing a gestational surrogate is identical to choosing an egg donor in that the agency will supply you with a range of profiles of potential surrogates for you to take a look at and consider.