Traditional Surrogacy vs Gestational Surrogacy

Traditional Surrogacy vs Gestational Surrogacy – What is the Difference?


It can be a difficult journey trying to get pregnant. The decision as to which fertility treatments to opt for is deeply personal and it is important to be sure that regardless of the choice, it is the right choice for both you and your partner. Surrogacy is among one of those options.


While each type of surrogacy has its pros and cons, the decision of which one is “better” has to be the type that best fits your needs and goals. There are two kinds of surrogacy, and it is important to understand the differences


Traditional Surrogacy


In traditional surrogacy, the woman carrying the child is also the child’s biological mother. Thus, the woman carrying the child has provided her egg for fertilization, although your partner’s sperm may be used (through artificial insemination). If both partners have fertility challenges, then the sperm may come from a sperm bank. The surrogate is, thus, genetically linked to the baby. This is rarely done for a number of reasons, not least among which are the fact that it can be legally more complicated than other means of fertility.


Traditional surrogacy has become very rare and is now generally only pursued by couples in which the woman is unable to produce viable eggs and/or has a damaged or missing uterus, other health concerns, or by same-sex male couples. Regardless of the circumstances, it will be reassuring to know that you and your partner do have options.


Gestational Surrogacy


A gestational surrogate is also called a gestational carrier or, more rarely, a birth mother. In gestational surrogacy, the birth mother has no genetic connection to the child. A clinic will use your own eggs to create a child through IVF. If you are not producing viable eggs, then eggs will come from a carefully matched donor, fertilized with your partner’s sperm. This allows for the possibility of a child related to both you and your partner.


Gestational surrogacy is an option for women who have health concerns that would make it too dangerous to carry a child. Still, many women are able to provide the eggs themselves, through similar treatments to those used for other IVF procedures. You may already be familiar with that part of the process.


How to Find a Surrogate?


In some cases, couples are able to find a woman in their own family willing to be a surrogate. Someone that they are already familiar with and trust. In other cases, couples choose a surrogate that is matched with the couple.


At RFC, we offer gestational surrogacy and work with couples to help them through the process.  We will find surrogates for intended parents who wish to pursue this route, but we will also work with couples who have found their own surrogate. Whatever the choice may be, we believe it should be what works with our intended parents. If you believe surrogacy is a good option for you and your family, refer to our treatment options at RFC and schedule an appointment today.


Learn more about surrogacy and how to prepare for this decision by calling Reproductive Fertility Center today. Book your appointment online at or call our main office at (949) 453-8600. Dial (626) 388-6022 for Chinese 中文.

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