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Traditional surrogates are surrogates who not only carry a child for a set of Intended Parents, but they are also the biological mother to the child or children that she carries. Traditional surrogacy is more common because it is more cost effective than using a gestational surrogate. Traditional surrogacy is also more relaxed and less medication is most often the case.

There are multiple ways to become pregnant with a traditional surrogate. The most commonly used and cheapest method is for the surrogate to track her monthly cycles and during the ovulation window, the Intended Father who is going to be the biological father, will need to give the surrogate a sample of his semen. She will then inject this herself during her peak ovulation time frame and hope that within 2 weeks, she becomes pregnant. This is most commonly known as home insems or home insemination. This method is the cheapest because it can be done at home, in a hotel room, at the Intended Parent's home, any place where both parties feel safe and comfortable with the insemination. This of course is all arranged up front during initial contract stages.

There is also a method used called IUI, or intrauterine insemination. This is a medical procedure done in a clinic, either an OB/GYN or an actual fertility clinic. Again the surrogate will chart her cycles and during her ovulation time frame, will go to the clinic where they could do an ultrasound to check the follicles and see how many she has produced and how many are in a good stage that could be the future embryo. The Intended Father who is going to be the biological father will give the clinic a sperm donation. Most clinics now require a 6 month wait having to do with STD's and HIV. Some clinics do not require this, but most do, so check with your clinic for terms and conditions regarding this procedure. The doctor will use a catheter to insert the semen into the surrogate directly into the uterus. After 2 weeks, the surrogate will know whether or not it worked.

Another way for a traditional surrogate to become pregnant is by IVF. This would be done if the surrogate has her tubes tied. Most of the time, this is a last resort option if the couple really likes the surrogate as it is the most expensive. The surrogate would have to do an egg retrieval and then they would follow the procedures in IVF and implant the created embryos back into the surrogate to carry. This doesn't happen often, but can be the case if the surrogate is very close to the intended parents.

There are some clinics that do a shot before doing the insemination to help trigger the body to become pregnant. Having this shot can increase the chances for having multiples. This is not always the case. Talk with your doctor or RE and decide what is right for you and your surrogate. I suggest always talking about that type of stuff up front during the contract stages. This will allow you both, as a surrogate and an IP, to know what the other would do in a situation like this. The surrogate may not be comfortable doing the shot.

Medications in traditional surrogacy can vary. Some surrogates never need medication or want medication. Some surrogates are fine with a more medicated cycle to enhance the chances of a pregnancy occurring.

If you are interested in becoming a traditional surrogate, you may want to begin by tracking your cycle. This is very important as you will need to have an idea on how many days your cycle lasts. The clinic will want to know and your IP's will want to know so they can begin to plan the insemination. Also, if you currently aren't on birth control, it may be something you want to think about if you are just in the starting phases and think it may be a while before you want to match. Also, STD testing is another important thing you will want to have done. If you are over weight, it would be very important to begin a healthier diet, maybe exercising to lose excess pounds. Most clinics and agencies have strict restrictions for surrogates. And IP's want a surrogate who is healthy enough to carry their child and obsety is something that can affect fertility.


Different terms used in Traditional Surrogacy:
TS: traditional surrogate
IM: intended mother
IF: intended father
AF: aunt flo (aka your period)
CM: cervical mucus (also an indication of ovulation)
BFP: big fat positive (when getting a positive on a pregnancy test)
BFN: big fat negative (when getting a negative on a pregnancy test)
1dpo: 1 day past ovulation (would change with each day past ovulation)
IP: Intended Parent
HI: Home Insemination
IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
IVF: invitro fertilization
1dp3dt: 1 day past 3 day transfer (this is more found in GS situations, but can happen in an IVF TS situation)
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Try 1--Sept 2010 negative Try 2--Jan 2011 negative
Try 3--May 2011-miscarried at 5 weeks
Transfer 4---PREGNANT!!! BFP @ 5.5dp3dt Beta at 11dp3dt was 164.6

Ultrasound showed TWO BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






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Great information about Traditional surrogacy
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Bethany
Mommy to Damon TS to Kyle 10/07 GS for E and R--WE ARE PREGNANT!!
Try 1--Sept 2010 negative Try 2--Jan 2011 negative
Try 3--May 2011-miscarried at 5 weeks
Transfer 4---PREGNANT!!! BFP @ 5.5dp3dt Beta at 11dp3dt was 164.6

Ultrasound showed TWO BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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Thanks for all the info! Very helpful,
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