Understanding the Different Types of Surrogacy



Surrogacy is a unique journey that helps individuals and couples fulfill their dreams of becoming parents. While the overall goal of surrogacy is consistent, the process can vary, particularly in terms of the types of surrogacy arrangements available. Understanding these types of surrogacy is crucial to making informed decisions about your surrogacy journey.

Traditional Surrogacy

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is genetically related to the child she carries. The surrogate's eggs are fertilized with the intended father's sperm or donor sperm through artificial insemination. This form of surrogacy has largely become less common due to potential legal and emotional complications surrounding the surrogate's genetic link to the child.

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy, the most common type of surrogacy today, involves the surrogate carrying a child to whom she has no genetic connection. In this process, the embryo is created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or donors. The fertilized embryo is then transferred to the surrogate's womb.

Altruistic Surrogacy

In altruistic surrogacy, the surrogate mother agrees to carry the child without receiving any financial compensation beyond reimbursement for medical and pregnancy-related expenses. This type of surrogacy is usually opted for by close friends or family members and is the only form of surrogacy allowed in some countries.

Commercial Surrogacy

Commercial surrogacy involves the surrogate receiving payment beyond the medical costs associated with the pregnancy. The compensation can vary significantly and is often outlined in a legal agreement prior to the surrogacy process.


Understanding the different types of surrogacy helps intended parents to choose the path that best suits their circumstances, needs, and preferences. Whether through traditional, gestational, altruistic, or commercial surrogacy, the process ultimately leads to the joyful outcome of expanding one's family.

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