What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child.

The HFEA does not regulate surrogacy. We recommend that you should seek legal advice before proceeding with this option.

Is surrogacy for me?

Surrogacy may be appropriate if you have a medical condition that makes it impossible or dangerous to get pregnant and to give birth.

The type of medical conditions that might make surrogacy necessary for you include:

  • absence or malformation of the womb recurrent pregnancy loss
  • repeated in vitro fertilisation (IVF) implantation failures.

How does surrogacy work?

Full surrogacy (also known as Host or Gestational) Full surrogacy involves the implantation of an embryo created using either:

  • the eggs and sperm of the intended parents
  • a donated egg fertilised with sperm from the intended father
  • an embryo created using donor eggs and sperm.

Partial surrogacy (also known Straight or Traditional) Partial surrogacy involves sperm from the intended father and an egg from the surrogate. Here fertilisation is (usually) done by artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Who needs Surrogacy?

  • Female with infantile (small) Uterus
  • Uterus removed by surgery
  • Uterus damaged by any cause
  • Abnormal Uterus ( Bicornuate Uterus)


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