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Why Individuals and Couples Chose to Hire Gestational Surrogates

Updated: Feb 29

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According to the CDC, "In the United States, among married women aged 15 to 49 years with no prior births, about 1 in 5 (19%) are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying. Also, about 1 in 4 (26%) women have difficulty carrying a pregnancy to term."

If you are experiencing infertility, you can see that it is a wide spread challenge, experienced by many women and couples. While infertility is generally the reason people choose to hire a surrogate to carry children for them, it is not the only reason people hire surrogates.

Here are 9 common reasons people choose to hire gestational surrogates.


There are many medical conditions requiring treatment with prescription medication. Medications are ranked A, B, C, D and X where A is considered acceptable for use during pregnancy, and X is absolutely contraindicated for use during pregnancy. It might be easy to assume that somebody can take a break from a medication for 9 months while pregnant, and longer if breastfeeding, but many times, especially in the instance of chronic illness that is not realistic. 

Genetic disorders 

Men and women can both carry genetic disorders that cause infertility, however, in addition to those disorders directly causing infertility, there are also hereditary genetic disorders that men and women can pass to their children. If a couple is aware that one of them carries one of these disorders, they may choose not to reproduce naturally in order to spare their child from possessing the genetic disorder.

Removal of reproductive organs 

There are many reasons that men and women may experience infertility due to surgery to or complete removal of their sex organs. The top reasons for men include testicular cancer, infection and injury. Women also experience infertility due to trauma to, or removal of their uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. The most common reasons for this include cancer, endometriosis, prolapse of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, and extremely heavy menstrual bleeding.

Infertility for other or unknown reasons

Unfortunately, not everything is known about the human body, male or female. Sometimes couples experience unexplained infertility. 


Fertility declines in women as they age, but there is no magic number that applies to all women indicating that they can no longer get pregnant. However, for the health of both mother and child, generally doctors do not recommend pregnancy past the age of 40 to 45.

Same sex couples

Another reason people use surrogacy is because they are in the same sex couple. Two men or two women cannot naturally create a child of their own, however it is common in male couples for one or both partners to donate sperm for embryo creation. In female couples, one or both of the women can donate eggs, and either partner can carry the child as long as they are cleared medically. 

Single men or women

Sometimes men or women will decide to pursue having a child on their own. This is generally common among women who feel that their child bearing ages are coming to a close, but certainly not the only circumstance. Recently.

Unable to carry full term 

Some women don’t have trouble getting pregnant, but have trouble carrying full term. Many women who have had multiple miscarries, choose to use a surrogate to prevent further physical and emotional stress. 

Personal reasons 

Some women simply choose to hire gestational surrogates to carry for them. Whether they have a dangerous job, one that makes pregnancy difficult, or want to limit stress on their body, sometimes people chose to hire a surrogate because it makes their life easier.

As you can see, there are numerous reasons why an individual or a couple would pursue hiring a surrogate to carry a child for them. If you are experiencing infertility or Looking into hiring a surrogate for any other reason, please consider giving us a call at 724-699-2172 or send an email to Being an intended parent can seem like a complicated process, and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have!


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