6 Medical Reasons To Use A Surrogate

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You may have heard the report that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are hiring a surrogate for Baby #3, according to People. (Bustle has reached out to their reps for comment, but has not yet received a response.) And though people use surrogates for many different reasons, there are several medical reasons to use a surrogate, too. Plus, more people may use surrogates than you may think. If the news is true, Kardashian would be among several celebs who have hired surrogates. Lucy Liu, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy have all used surrogates to carry their children, too.

"There are severe medical conditions, like heart disease, where pregnancy is too risky and people then use a surrogate," Dr. Michael Krychman, Sexual Medicine Gynecologist, Executive Director of the Southern California Center For Sexual Health and Survivorship, tells Bustle. "There are also genetic issues of uterine abnormalities that preclude carrying a child, and some women have congenital malformations. The most common presentation of müllerian agenesis is congenital absence of the vagina, uterus, or both, which also is referred to as müllerian aplasia, Mayer–Rokitansky–Küster–Hauser syndrome, or vaginal agenesis. As for the types of surrogacy, there is traditional surrogacy — the surrogate provides the egg — and gestational surrogacy — using a donor's egg and sperm, and the surrogate acts as a uterus."

Surrogacy May Be The Only Way Some Couples Can Have Children

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Another plus to surrogacy, of course, is that it is the only way some couples can have children. "The process is costly and often has moral and ethical issues," Dr. Krychman says. "In addition, it may be difficult to find the surrogate you are looking for, but it does provide a novel way to fulfill your dreams at creating a child and family — and it may be the only way some people can satisfy their need and desire to fulfill their dreams about creating a child and family." So true, as I'm sure you can imagine or know through couples you know who have used a surrogate.

As Dr. Krchyman touched on, there are many medical reasons to use a surrogate, and here are six of them.