Advantages and disadvantages of surrogacy for infertility treatment,one of the newest and most common methods of infertility treatment is surrogacy.This method has brought new hopes to many intended couples who are tired of long-term and ineffective infertility treatments.
This process can occur in two ways: Traditional Surrogacy; and Gestational Surrogacy.In the article “What is the most popular type of surrogacy?“, you can read more about the differences between these two methods.But in short, in the latter case, unlike in the first one, where there will be a biological link between the surrogate mother and the fetus, the surrogate mother merely plays the role of the fetal carrier, and the baby would be genetically linked to both of infertile parents.
So this method can bring many benefits. In a world where many men and women are infertile for a variety of reasons, this method will allow them to have the opportunity to experience parenthood.But each method, in addition to its advantages, may also have disadvantages and complexities. Before taking any action, people should consider all aspects of the problem and make informed decisions.
Therefore, in this article, we are going to discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of surrogacy method for treating infertility.
What are the advantages of surrogacy?
A fresh and hopeful solution
For many parents, for a variety of reasons, such as age, a surrogate mother or surrogacy can be not only an option but the sole solution to have a child. In this way, they get the opportunity to raise a child from birth and experience the feeling of parenthood.
One of the most important advantages of surrogacy over other methods (including adoption) is that there will be a genetic link between at least one infertile parent and the fetus.
This method can happen in different ways:
- Fertilization of the original father’s sperm and the original mother’s egg;
- Fertilization of the original father’s sperm and donor egg;
- Fertilization of donor sperm and the original mother’s egg;
So, as it turns out, this genetic link can be made in many different ways. If you are interested about the genetic relationships and their influence on the future baby, you can read Will the baby look like the surrogate mother?
Since 1986, when the first pregnancy was performed by the surrogacy method, this method has advanced a lot and has improved many of its errors. Advances in medical technologies, including IVF, and the professionalism of medical counseling teams in finding suitable surrogate mothers are other reasons for the high success rate of this approach.
On the other hand, since one of the prerequisites for being a surrogate mother is that the person should have a history of at least one-time pregnancy and childbearing, unlike other infertility treatments, the likelihood of failure in this process is low.
Appropriate legal support and mechanisms
In many countries around the world, such as Iran, there are appropriate legal mechanisms to support this method of infertility treatment. Also, the legal barriers and complexities of this method will be much less compared to the “adoption” method. However, it is still necessary to consult with a professional medical consulting team to get things done right so that everything goes well for you and your child.
The consultant medical doctors of TebMedTourism Co. are also here to guide you on this path from the start to the end.
This method will allow intended parents to be involved in various milestones in the pregnancy process and to be beside the surrogate mother throughout the whole thing. This will bring them many benefits, both emotionally-psychologically, and medically.
We talked about the advantages of this method, but what will be its difficulties and disadvantages? We will deal with them in the following.
What are the disadvantages of surrogacy?
surrogacy can help people who cannot get pregnant for various reasons have a baby. despite adoption, in the surrogacy process, you raise a kid who biologically belongs to you. While surrogacy is one of the most practical options for many infertile couples to have babies and grow their families, it can have some disadvantages at the same time. We will discuss the potential disadvantages of surrogacy below.
Relatively high costs and financial commitments
This is not an easy decision, and it is going to involve lots of people; from the intended parent to the surrogate mother, medical teams, infertility clinics as well as legal authorities. Therefore, there must be proper financial preparation on the part of the intended parents.
However, there are ways to reduce the costs of this method, one of which is to do and operate it in countries like Iran. While in a country like the United States, a budget of $150,000 is required for this action, in Iran, despite advanced medical facilities, costs will be significantly reduced.
If you are curious to know more about the costs of surrogacy in Iran, you can consult us for free right now.
The matter of trust
Unlike natural pregnancies, infertile parents leave the health of their baby to the hands of a stranger. Although certain processes take place before choosing a surrogate mother to ensure an appropriate choice, parents still have to come to terms with the fact that they are supposed to trust another human being to eventually deliver their baby safely.
Of course, in many cases, over time, a deep bond and friendship will develop between the infertile parents and the surrogate mother, which can ultimately facilitate the process of trust between them, and bring peace of mind to both sides.
Countless legal procedures
While legal supports are a good thing, sometimes these processes can be very time-consuming and frustrating. Also, in many countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, etc., this method is only acceptable when it applies as “altruistic surrogacy” and, therefore, other methods of that will face barriers.
Finding a professional medical team
One of the most critical aspects of a surrogacy procedure is finding the right medical counseling team to take care of the action. Both intended parents and surrogate mothers need to make sure they make the right professional choice to minimize their concerns, both medically and legally.
If you want to know more about ways of finding a suitable agency read “ How to choose a surrogacy agency?”
Besides the issues explained above, you may still have some other doubts about surrogacy. If you are interested, you can read related articles “Surrogacy in Islam” and also “surrogacy for hiv positive couples”.
Therefore, reviewing the above, it is clear that the decision to treat infertility by surrogacy is difficult and sensitive, and both sides of the issue should decide with full knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of surrogacy.
If you have more questions and need more guidance, or have made your decision and want to know what the next step will be, don’t worry.
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