While there are a lot of health requirements for becoming a surrogate, there are some things that may seem to you like a “no-go” that are actually no problem for gestational carriers.
You’ve Had a Tubal Ligation
If you’ve made the choice to have a tubal ligation in order to prevent your own family from growing, you may think that disqualifies you from being a surrogate, too. But a tubal ligation is perfectly compatible with a surrogate pregnancy specifically because your own ovaries play no part in the process.
You Work 40 Hours a Week Outside the Home
Sometimes our candidates are concerned they won’t be able to keep their outside-of-the-home job while they are surrogates. This simply isn’t true – unless your job requires that you lift heavy objects all day or be around dangerous materials, you can likely keep your job. Definitely check with us first, but almost all of our surrogates are able to keep going to their job while pregnant for their intended parents.
You Are Over 35
Age is always a hard subject when pregnancy comes up. Doctors start calling pregnancies high risk once the woman is over 35 (otherwise known as “advanced maternal age”). Medically, your uterus is still in fine shape to carry pregnancies (other medical history notwithstanding) after 35. Most of our surrogates are under 40, however, as success rates for embryo transfer do start to decline somewhere around 40.
You Currently Have an IUD or Other Long-term Family Planning Device
Don’t yank that IUD out, yet! Most forms of birth control are easily worked around for surrogacy. We will let you know a good time to discontinue your current birth control. Usually fertility clinics request that you have 2 normal periods after discontinuing a long term birth control device.
You Have Had a C-Section
Depending on the reason for the C-section, you may still be eligible to be a surrogate. It is not an automatic disqualifier, so be sure to ask us!
You Don’t Currently Have Health Insurance (or Health Insurance That Covers Surrogacy)
Health insurance definitely helps the process of surrogacy because it makes it easier to match with intended parents if they don’t have to pay out of pocket for insurance or higher medical bills. However, not having medical insurance (or at least having medical insurance that doesn’t cover surrogacy) doesn’t automatically disqualify you. There are policies that intended parents can buy to cover your pregnancy.
The list of requirements for ideal surrogates is long, and for a good reason: everyone wants to ensure that the embryo transferred has the best possible chance of becoming a baby. But not every condition automatically disqualifies you for becoming a surrogate. If you ever have any questions about becoming a surrogate, and if your medical history is in line with surrogacy, please give us a call, send us an email and firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online at www.coloradosurro.com!