Infertility – a closer look why you need a Surrogate
Common infertility issues and some of the main reasons why you may need to consider surrogacy
In today’s world, it’s almost unheard of that we can’t solve a problem.
Look at Apple and how they literally started with the compact disk, made it into a hard-drive that you could carry in your hand (I-pod), and then expanded to literally making a small computer to fit into your hand! With the technology age, it’s hard to believe that we are not always able to solve some of life’s most difficult issues, even some that have plagued humans since the dawn of time.
One of these issues has been infertility. According to OBGYN.com, 85% of couples that attempt to have a child will achieve this within one year. Out of the remaining 15% of couples, only 7% of those couples will conceive in the second year. These stats bring the definition of “infertility” to mean- anyone that is unable to have a child or conceive within a 12 month period.
Obviously, there are couples able to conceive outside of this window, within 2-4 years, but the general idea of infertility is that there are extraneous medical issues that cause the sperm and egg not to fertilize, eggs not to drop or other factors.
COMMON INFERTILITY ISSUES
Common infertility causes can be some of the following:
- Advanced age
- STD related issues
- Male factor infertility- sperm function issues
- Ovulation issues
- Recurring Miscarriage
- Lack of Uterus
- Unexplained other issues
We will dive into a few of these causes of infertility that we hear most from parents that are in the process of finding a surrogate: Advanced age, Endometriosis, and recurring miscarriage.
Why is advanced age a cause for infertility? Because women are born with a fixed number of eggs in their ovaries, their age gradually diminishes the amount of eggs they can disburse. The quantity of eggs a woman has in older age is also compounded by the fact that the quality of the chromosomes of those eggs can become severely under question. Risk of birth defects and down syndrome dramatically pick up as age increases.
A common reason for infertility can be related to the diagnosis of endometriosis. What is Endometriosis? Why does it happen? What do you do when it happens to you? Can this affect your ability to have a child? Is it dangerous to pursue having children when diagnosed with endometriosis? This medical condition happens when the tissue inside of the uterus somehow ends up growing outside of the uterus. This can be a very painful and unfortunate diagnosis. A good way to describe this condition comes from the Mayo Clinic- which states that displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would (outside of the uterus)- it hardens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Without being in the uterus, the displaced tissue has no way to exit the woman’s body, so it becomes trapped. Ovaries may develop cysts, scar tissue, and fibrous tissue forms causing the pelvic tissues and organs to stick together.
Though the exact cause(s) of Endometriosis is not certain, there is speculation on a number of different issues ranging from “retrograde menstruation” to surgical scar implantation and immune system disorders. It’s also believed that NOT having children can be a cause of the reproductive system developing endometriosis.
Whatever the cause or the reason, we know that endometriosis can cause a major stop to any couples wanting to get pregnant and will lead many couples to an IVF doctor’s door sooner than they ever may have thought.
According to the ASRM (reproductivefacts.org), miscarriage becomes an issue of infertility when it reoccurs. It’s actually referred to as “recurrent pregnancy loss.” This is determined as a medical condition for a woman when she has had 2 pregnancy losses before reaching 20 weeks. There are many causes of this condition that could be medical- such as diabetes, thyroid issues, anatomical uterus, and even genetic predispositions to this condition. Lifestyle issues are also a factor such as smoking and drug use.
How does Made in the USA Surrogacy address these issues?
Because we know that a woman’s age drastically affects her ability to have a child, we specifically screen for surrogate mothers that are within great child-bearing ages of 23-38 years old. Also, because surrogate mothers do not have to provide the genetic material for the embryo (gestational surrogacy), one major factor of the causes of infertility is taken care of. At Made in the USA Surrogacy, we make sure that our surrogate mothers have a proven pregnancy history that is stellar (in other words-they do not have a history of difficult births, premature birth, or abnormalities). Therefore, age will not be an issue with our agency and will not prevent you from having the baby you have always wanted. Don’t let your age issue prevent you from looking or finding a surrogate!
Endometriosis is a real issue for many women and couples. We understand how hard infertility must be for parents, and we empathize greatly with them! This medical issue is more of a reason why couples need to hire our agency to look or find a surrogate as soon as they can. Surrogate mothers through our agency, Made in the USA Surrogacy, are specifically screened so that the matches we put together with parents are not affected by any of these large causes of infertility. We make sure to review the surrogate mother’s medical records thoroughly to ensure the safety of a healthy baby. We want hopeful parents to be assured that the surrogate mothers that we screen have never dealt with these severe medical issues, and therefore make an excellent answer to their problem of infertility!
Also, our surrogate mothers do not have any history of miscarriage. We take these issues very seriously in our process of becoming a surrogate, and we would never recommend a surrogate with any outstanding medical issues such as the ones that brought you as a parent to look for a surrogate.
Made in the USA Surrogacy wants all prospective parents to know that we take great time and detail in choosing our surrogate mothers, well beyond our surrogate qualifications.
If you have any of the infertility issues we have described in the article above, we encourage you to start the process of looking for a surrogate with our agency today. Many surrogate mothers come and go to complete families every day- you never know if yours is right around the corner!
If you are a potential surrogate mother, please fill in our short inquiry form today to get started on the road to become a surrogate!