Understanding the Pros and Cons of Surrogacy vs. IVF

For couples and individuals who wish to start a family and experience parenthood, it can be devastating to learn of infertility or to experience miscarriages. Thanks to advancements in science and technology, new options are available to all who want to bring a child into their life. Two of the most common and popular options for having a baby that shares at least half of your genetic profile are surrogacy and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). These safe, medically proven options can help everyone (regardless of relationship status, sexual identity, or gender) bring a baby into their life. Still, there is a fair amount of confusion about the pros and cons of IVF vs. surrogacy. This article will cover both to help you in your decision-making process.

How to Choose Between IVF and Surrogacy

First, let’s break down what each procedure is. IVF is shorthand for In Vitro Fertilization. In this option, a healthy and mature egg or eggs are collected. The egg(s) are then fertilized by sperm in a specialized fertility lab to ensure healthy embryos develop. The eggs and the sperm can come from the intended parents or through an egg or sperm donor. The fertilized egg(s) are identified and transferred to the fallopian tube of the woman who will carry the pregnancy.
In many cases, the woman receiving IVF is the child’s intended mother. However, the recipient may be a surrogate mother. This is typical for same-sex male couples looking to start a family, or for women when pregnancy is not possible or not advised due to health concerns.

Which is Better? IVF or Surrogacy?

For surrogacy, the individual or couple contracts with a surrogate mother who will carry the baby in her womb until birth. For gestational surrogates, the eggs come from either the biological mother or an egg donor. The sperm comes from either the biological father or a sperm donor. Using IVF, the fertilized embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s fallopian tube, and the surrogate carries the pregnancy until term.

A surrogate mother holds her pregnant belly

IVF vs. Surrogacy. Which is Right for Me?

IVF can be ideal for a single woman wishing to have a child, same-sex lesbian couples, and heterosexual couples experiencing infertility. Surrogacy is ideal for a single man wishing to have a child, same-sex male couples, and heterosexual couples where the woman cannot or should not sustain a pregnancy due to underlying medical conditions or after repeated miscarriages. Before deciding between IVF and surrogacy, consult with your doctor to learn which option is best for your specific needs.

Family Creations is All About Creating Families!

Regardless of a person’s relationship status, gender identity, or sexuality, everyone is welcome at Family Creations! Our experienced, professional team is available to answer all questions about surrogacy, egg donation, and navigating the road to parenthood. We look forward to helping you have the family of your dreams! Contact us today.

by Julia McConnell | Last updated on : February 14, 2023