There is a whole lot of information regarding this procedure online. There are books informing patients and doctors experiences with it. Leaflets can be found in fertility clinics explaining about it. However, we do receive many weekly emails asking about the procedure, what does involves, how is it done, the risks, tests needed, etc., and it makes me think there is still too much more to be known.
I can start by saying surrogacy is a kindness gesture a human can shown to life. It is the way a woman collaborates with other in order to make possible the growth of a baby. A woman gets pregnant with the future known intention of handing over the child to someone else after gibing birth. It is usually done using someone else’s gametes.
Today several patients need surrogacy, because of many reasons, they might not have uterus, they have a disease, they are a same sex couple, etc. A team of professional experts in surrogacy evaluates the need of the procedure and will advice the steps to follow next. Usually patients need to undergo an IVF procedure to obtain viable embryos, which will be frozen or transferred in fresh to the surrogate’s uterus. It is important to consider the legal aspects of surrogacy because they vary in different areas of the World. Some patients prefer to look in countries where surrogacy is allowed/legal or non-regulated, as they can benefit of not having to go through the adoption procedure which can take months.
I do work with a surrogacy team of experts to provide patients with the information of the best options of treatment. Costs also vary depending on the location, it can cost between 70,000 USD even to 150,000 USD in countries like USA. India 50,000 – 60,000 USD, Thailand 60,000 – 40,000 USD, Ukraine 70,000 – 50,000 USD, Mexico 50,000 USD, and Venezuela 40,000 USD (including the IVF procedure).
In many countries surrogacy is not illegal, but there are no regulations to support it or not. For that reason some patients chose to go to countries where they feel it is safer, even if is more expensive. Other patients take the low cost option.