Are you an intended parent struggling with infertility? If so, then becoming knowledgeable about the various ART options can make your journey toward parenthood easier. Reach out to a reputable specialist in ART infertility for help.
Having a child is a dream of many individuals and couples, but when infertility becomes an issue, it can be heartbreaking. Although adoption is always an option, it is not the same as having a child who shares your DNA. Thankfully, with assisted reproductive technology (ART), there are various ways for some parents to work around infertility and still have children of their own.
ART can be used with surrogacy when infertility prevents a mother from carrying her own child. At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., our ART infertility specialists match intended parents with a healthy surrogate and use ART to give them the child they always dreamed of. Learning about the various ART options can make it easier for you to move forward in your surrogacy journey.
In Vitro Fertilization
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of ART and can help women who are interested in surrogacy or who are having trouble becoming pregnant on their own. During IVF, the sperm and egg are fertilized outside the uterus in a laboratory dish. After the embryo is created, it is placed inside the mother’s uterus or inside the surrogate mother’s uterus, where it grows into a baby.
Some parents struggle with infertility because, although the mother has a strong egg count, the father has a weak sperm count and/or the sperm are too weak to travel up the cervical canal. Some women may also struggle with cervical issues that prevent the sperm from traveling to the uterus.
Intrauterine insemination is a more cost-effective form of ART than IVF and is useful in unique situations. In an intrauterine insemination procedure, the sperm are inserted directly into the uterus, so the sperm do not have to travel on their own.
Intrauterine insemination is also used in traditional surrogacy when the surrogate mother uses her own egg for the birth; a sperm donor’s or the intended father’s sperm must be inserted into the surrogate mother’s uterus.
Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
Gamete intrafallopian transfer is another ART option that some people struggling with infertility can consider. In a gamete intrafallopian transfer, multiple eggs are extracted from the intended mother’s uterus and sperm is taken from the intended father. The sperm and egg are then mixed together and placed directly into the fallopian tube, which increases the chances of fertilization.
Gamete intrafallopian transfer is a great option for women who suffer from endometriosis and for men with a low sperm count. This procedure can also be a better ART option for intended parents who are not comfortable with IVF, because with gamete intrafallopian transfer, the embryo is fertilized inside the uterus.
Reach Out to an Experienced Surrogacy Center
As intended parents struggling with infertility, it is important to consider all your options for conception. Depending on your situation, you may need to consider ART in addition to surrogacy. Although surrogacy may seem scary at first, it can provide your family with a healthy and happy child.