Borrowing a Uterus

Most causes of infertility are treatable with IVF or ICSI, but in certain circumstances, that's not enough and you may need to find a woman who's willing to carry the pregnancy for you. These circumstances may include

1 Chronic illness: If you're suffering from a chronic illness you may be advised that pregnancy can worsen your condition or that the drugs you take for your illness are harmful to a growing baby.

1 No uterus: If you don't have a uterus, obviously you can't carry a pregnancy. You may have had a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus) because of cancer or some other condition, or you may have been born without a functioning uterus.

1 Recurrent miscarriage: If you can conceive but keep losing the pregnancies because of problems with your uterus, surrogacy may be an option.

1 Same-sex male couples: If you're in a same-sex relationship, you may want to have a child that one of you is genetically linked to. In Victoria male gay couples who want to become parents (and don't want to adopt a child) can use the help of a surrogate. In other states, this isn't an option.

The infertile couple needing to use surrogacy to have a child are sometimes known as the commissioning couple and the surrogate is sometimes known as the gestational carrier. The genetic make-up of a child born after surrogacy varies depending on the surrogacy situation.

1 Using your eggs and sperm: If your eggs and sperm are suitable, they can be used to form embryos in the lab with IVF (see Chapter 5) and these embryos are then transferred to the surrogate. This is known as gestational surrogacy and in this situation you are the child's genetic parents: The surrogate is genetically unrelated to the child.

1 Using donated eggs or sperm, or both: If you don't have eggs but the surrogate is fertile and agrees to become pregnant with her own eggs, she can be inseminated with the commissioning father's sperm (if they're suitable) or with donor sperm. However, in this situation the surrogate is the genetic mother of the baby and this can make it harder for her to give up the baby after birth. As a result, the method used in Australia is for the surrogate to carry a baby that isn't genetically hers, using either an embryo formed with eggs from a donor other than the surrogate and sperm from the commissioning father (or a sperm donor), or an embryo donated by another couple.

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