Types of Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy or Host Surrogacy is where the Surrogate has no genetic link to the baby. 

This is achieved via IVF in a clinic using the Intended Parents embryos or using a donor egg OR donor sperm

  •  Please note that double donation of both egg and sperm via a Surrogate is not possible in the UK due to legal restrictions and you may refer to our legal information page for more details  

The clinic will need to monitor the Surrogates cycle and may sometimes use medication to control it. A date for transfer of the embryos will be set by the clinic.

Once the transfer is complete a two week wait follows to see if the embryo has implanted and a pregnancy has been achieved.

Traditional Surrogacy

Traditional Surrogacy or Straight Surrogacy is when the Surrogate donates her egg to the Intended Parent, therefore is biologically related to the child she will be carrying. 

The Surrogate will need to monitor her cycle and then inseminate at the point of ovulation.

Insemination is arranged at a place agreed by all parties such as a hotel or their home. The Intended Father will need to produce a sample for the Surrogate to inseminate using a small plastic syringe or soft / moon cup. The two week wait then begins to see if a pregnancy has been successfully achieved.