When you’re struggling with infertility, it can feel as if you are totally alone. That’s not the case, however. Many other women in the United States and throughout the world have fertility struggles. Fortunately, modern medicine provides various ways to treat fertility issues; and when those treatments don’t work, there are still options like surrogacy that allow you to have children that are biologically yours. If you’re feeling discouraged about your battle with infertility or if you’re nervous about the surrogacy process, here are some facts that might encourage you.
6.7 million or 10.9% of women in the United States between the ages of 15-44 have impaired fecundity. This means that these women have difficulty getting pregnant or successfully carrying a pregnancy. You’re not alone. You are part of a community of strong, determined women who care about having a family of their own, but whose bodies are not cooperating for one reason or another. It may help to join a support group online or in person, so that you can chat with other women who are facing the same challenges.
7.4 million women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44 have used infertility services at some point. There’s no shame in getting help. Years of medical research and carefully developed technologies are at your disposal, so why not take advantage of those opportunities? If you suspect infertility on your part or your partner’s, ask about testing so that you can know for sure what kind of issue you’re dealing with. Then you and your partner can decide which treatment options you want to pursue, such as IVF or surrogacy.
Surrogacy can costs between $50,000 and $100,000. The cost varies depending on several factors, including whether or not you decide to use an agency to locate a surrogate and whether you are part of a compassionate surrogacy arrangement where there is no compensation for the surrogate. Don’t try to save money by cutting out your surrogacy lawyer, however. By drawing up the necessary agreements and paperwork, your attorney can protect you from financial loss, legal issues, and emotional trauma.
Fertilized eggs, or embryos, mature in a lab for 3-5 days before they are sorted according to quality and transferred into the surrogate’s uterus.
90% of surrogates achieve pregnancy by the second or third try. It can take a while for the IVF procedure to be successful, but if you work with the clinic and go for a second or third attempt, your surrogate should become pregnant.
Between the years of 2004 and 2008, the number of children born via surrogate was over 5,000. With current social acceptance growing more widespread, surrogacy is becoming a viable option for more childless couples.
The number of IVF births that occur every year has doubled in just 10 years.
About Attorney Nicole K. White
As a mother by gestational surrogacy and as a surrogacy lawyer, my goal is to help you experience the joy and fulfillment of starting or growing a family of your own through third party reproduction. Because I am a mother by gestational surrogacy, I know firsthand what you will need – answers to your questions, support and guidance – and, I know what you will go through when starting your family. My experience as a surrogacy lawyer helps me guide you through the financial, emotional and legal aspects of surrogacy and third party reproduction. I can say with confidence that few (if any) attorneys deliver the unique insight I can bring to your surrogacy journey.