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Traditional Surrogacy

Definition - What does Traditional Surrogacy mean?

Traditional surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman who carries a pregnancy for an individual or couple is also the genetic mother of the child. The surrogate’s egg is artificially inseminated (fertilized) with a sperm the intended father or a donor. This differs from gestational surrogacy where a surrogate carries an embryo that she is not genetically related to.

Traditional surrogacy mas also be referred to as partial surrogacy or genetic surrogacy.

FertilitySmarts explains Traditional Surrogacy

Surrogacy, in general, may be considered as a family-building option:

  • When recurrent miscarriages are an issue
  • When a female partner does not have a uterus
  • When a female partner is unable to carry the baby due to the presence of certain medical conditions such as severe heart disease or gynecologic cancers that can pose serious health risks to the mother or the baby
  • For male couples

Gestational surrogacy is more common than traditional surrogacy because there are fewer legal complications and also because it allows an individual or couple to have a biological child.


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