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Freezing Your Eggs or Using a Surrogate - Which is Right For You?

Fertility treatment is not limited to in vitro fertilization. There are a number of options including egg freezing and surrogacy that can help to build your family when traditional methods have not worked. Taking time to understand how each of these assisted reproductive methods work can help you make the fertility decisions that are right for your unique situation.

2015-37Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is an ideal way for a woman to preserve her fertility. Biologically, the quality of a woman’s eggs begin to decline after age 35, which can cause fertility issues. By harvesting and storing eggs as early as possible, a woman is able to preserve high quality eggs until she is ready to start a family.

Women choose to freeze their eggs for a number of reasons including career aspirations, relationship status, and medical issues. Regardless of the reason, egg freezing can provide women with peace of mind because they can focus on other areas of their lives without sacrificing their ability to have children in the future.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy allows a couple to have a child when they are unable to carry a pregnancy themselves. Today, surrogate mothers are also known as gestational surrogates. Gestational surrogates are not genetically related to the child they are carrying, and they become pregnant through the use of IVF. The embryo that is transferred to the surrogate mother may be biologically related to one or both of the intended parents.

There are multiple legal implications of the surrogacy process. Therefore, it is best to work with a surrogacy agency that understands the legal requirements of a surrogate birth. Additionally, a surrogacy agency can perform background checks on potential surrogate mothers and intended parents to ensure all parties are a good fit for the program.

Surrogacy may be used in tandem with egg freezing. A woman who froze her eggs and is unable to carry a pregnancy can begin a family using a surrogate mother.

The decision to use either egg freezing or surrogacy to have a family is personal and will depend on the specific medical needs of the couple. For additional information on fertility preservation and surrogacy, contact New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

 

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