For some women that are suffering with infertility the cause may be an incapable womb or that they have had a hysterectomy.
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Surrogacy is also a good option for gay couples that wish to have a child.
A surrogate can either be a traditional surrogate who uses her own eggs fertilised with either the male partners sperm or donor sperm.
A gestational surrogate uses either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs that are fertilised with the male partner’s sperm or donor sperm. The fertilised embryo is then placed in the surrogate’s womb through an IVF cycle.
For a traditional surrogate, using their own eggs may mean that IUI could be successful and is a less costly procedure than IVF.
The choice of whether to use a traditional or a gestational surrogate really depends on the quality of the female partners eggs.
From a legal point of view a gestational surrogate has no biological link to the child that she carries and therefore has no legal claim on the resulting child, however a traditional surrogate is the biological mother of the child and can therefore make a legal claim on the child.
You need to research the laws in the country where you undergo the procedure and where you live as this can be complex.
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