14 Nov What is the difference between Gestational and Traditional Surrogacy?
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically related to any resulting child(ren). This type of surrogacy involves eggs (from an intended mother, or an egg donor) fertilized in vitro (“in vitro fertilization,” or “IVF”). Once fertilized, these embryos are transferred to the uterus of the surrogate.
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are used to conceive the child, so she is biologically related to the resulting child(ren). The procedure used to establish the pregnancy is generally referred to as “intrauterine insemination,” or “IUI,” although IVF and embryo transfer can also be used with a traditional surrogate.