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Understand the basic surrogate requirements

It takes a special woman to be a surrogate. A woman who wants to help others by being a surrogate, a woman who has a strong sense of family. Also, a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate must meet certain physical, health, geographic and educational surrogacy requirements.

  •  Must be between 21 and 40 years of age
  • Must have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
  •  Must have had at least one successful pregnancy
  • No major complications during previous pregnancies
  • No smoking or drug use

What can disqualify me from being a surrogate?

The requirements for being surrogate are regulated by the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine). Also, you may find that different clinics have slightly different criteria.

Surrogates will not qualify for egg donation if:

  • They never gave birth
  • They are older or younger than the age requirement
  • They live unhealthy lifestyles
  • They smoke or use recreational drugs
  • They have a history of STDs

Am I ready to be an egg donor?

If you’re thinking about becoming a surrogate – that’s great! In addition to the egg donor requirements, it’s important for potential surrogates to be emotionally, physically, and mentally ready to apply for surrogacy, and to commit to the journey.

Be mentally ready

Surrogacy is a big commitment; it can take more than a year to help your intended parents achieve their dream. You should feel amazing for choosing to do this!

When you decide to become a surrogate, you will be that much closer to helping prospective parents’ dreams come true. It’s a big step, so you need to be able to commit to the journey. Once matched, prospective parents will be emotionally invested in you. They will trust you to help them complete their families.

As a potential surrogate, you will need to complete medical and psychological exams and follow fertility treatments. Also, there will be a bunch of appointments you’ll be required to attend. Please be sure that you will be able to commit to the process.

Be physically ready

Like any other pregnancy, the healthier you are the better. Keeping up with exercise and eating right will help your body prepare for the journey that lies ahead.

Be emotionally ready

Be ready to share one of the greatest adventures ever with your prospective parents. During the matching you will be asked many personal questions about yourself and your family. You should be ready to answer all of them as honestly as possible. Also, you will be able to ask your intended parents any questions you may have. Overall, the matching phase ensures that both parties have the same expectations.

You need to be mentally, physically and emotionally “all in” for a successful surrogacy!

Why should you choose to become a surrogate?

Surrogacy helps those who cannot have children on their own do so. You’ll be helping both, straight and same-sex singles, and couples, achieve their dreams!

Wrapping Up

Thank you for your interest in becoming a surrogate and understanding surrogate definition! It’s generous women like you who help infertile couples and singles make their dreams of parenthood come true.