Gestational Surrogacy Pros and Cons
Gestational surrogacy is an excellent option to fulfill many different types of intended parents’ dreams of having children. However, there are pros and cons associated with the gestational surrogacy process, just as there are with every option for growing your family. When deciding which of these options best meets your family’s goals, it is important to consider many different aspects of them. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado will outline gestational surrogacy pros and cons to help you decide whether or not it could be the best option for your family.
Gestational Surrogacy Pros and Cons
When considering different options for growing your family, gestational surrogacy has many benefits that tend to outweigh any disadvantages. However, even with the many pros, there are also some cons that should be considered by intended parents before making the decision to go with gestational surrogacy.
- Pro: Gestational surrogacy allows intended parents to have children of their own.
Gestational surrogacy is made possible by gestational carriers who enter into agreements with intended parents to carry their children to term for them. This is a huge benefit to intended parents who may be in same sex relationships, dealing with infertility, health concerns age or who are single parents. Because these types of intended parents often cannot have children of their own, gestational surrogacy can provide them with the life-changing experience of raising a child of their own.
- Con: Intended parents don’t have full control over the pregnancy.
Some intended parents may feel that not having full control over the gestational carrier’s pregnancy may be difficult. Gestational carriers have the right to make their own self-care choices during the pregnancy and are continuing to live their own lives. However, intended parents who are very concerned about these choices can discuss them with their gestational carrier prior to the pregnancy and mention these in the surrogacy contract that they negotiate. There are options for intended parents who are worried, even if not having full control may seem like a disadvantage of gestational surrogacy.
- Pro: Intended parents can maintain a genetic link with their children.
Because gestational surrogacy involves the implantation of an embryo into the gestational carrier, intended parents are able to maintain a genetic link with their children. If you are an intended parent who wants your child to be biologically related to you, gestational surrogacy is a great option that allows just that. As long as the intended parents’ sperm and/or eggs, respectively, are used in the IVF process, the child who is born will be genetically linked to them. Other options of growing your family may not allow your child to be biologically related to you, but gestational surrogacy does.
- Con: The gestational surrogacy process may be complex.
There are many different factors that must be taken into account during the gestational surrogacy process. With details such as finding a match between intended parents and gestational carriers, surrogacy contracts, medical procedures and more, there is a lot to keep in mind. However, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help you navigate the process and can aid intended parents keep track of everything being done to ensure a smooth experience for both intended parents and gestational carriers.
- Pro: Gestational carriers and intended parents may form long-lasting relationships.
With the gestational surrogacy process, intended parents and gestational carriers will be working together to meet intended parents’ goals for a significant amount of time. If both parties decide they are interested in maintaining contact, the relationship between intended parents and gestational carriers can be very rewarding. Because gestational carriers are helping to make intended parents’ dream of having children come true, they often hope to express their gratitude.
- Con: The medical processes can take longer.
Because gestational surrogacy involves the use of IVF, medical processes associated with gestational surrogacy can take a bit longer. Intended parents who are dealing with infertility may have trouble getting viable embryos. However, gestational surrogacy supports the use of sperm and/or egg donors, so there are still many options. In the end, while medical processes could take longer, it will be worth it when welcoming a child into the world.
Deciding if Gestational Surrogacy is Right for You
There are many different options for every intended parent to consider when trying to grow their family. Gestational surrogacy is one excellent option for intended parents, but still has both pros and cons. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, we would love to aid in exploring your options along with deciding which one could be the best for your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information on gestational surrogacy, or if you think it may be a good fit for your family.
If you are interested in surrogacy and want to learn more about your options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Call us: 720-371-1099, Call or Text us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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