Although sometimes used interchangeably, gestational carriers and surrogates are different treatments. A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a pregnancy for an intended parent(s), but who has no genetic relation to the pregnancy. A surrogate is a woman whose eggs are used and who also carries the pregnancy. Gestational carrier is the preferred treatment when possible. 

Woman may need a gestational carrier for several reasons:

  • Prior removal of the uterus
  • Severe uterine scar tissue
  • Multiple unexplainable miscarriages
  • Large or recurrent fibroids unable to be removed
  • A medical condition such as heart disease where carrying a pregnancy is too dangerous

A single male or gay male couple may also use gestational carrier combined with the use of donor egg. 

A gestational carrier may be a friend or family member. Alternatively, you may need to seek out a paid carrier. In either case, we educate and guide you through the medical, legal and psychological process. 

At Island Reproductive Services, we have a full range of options through our New Jersey laboratory and office. If you are a current or new patient and would like to learn more about treatment, contact us for more information.

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