Many People Think a Woman Should Only Use a Surrogate if It's Necessary
Most women using surrogates only do so for strictly medical reasons.
Surrogacy is often seen as a last resort option: something a woman chooses only when all of the other options have been exhausted. Especially for straight couples who do not need to use a surrogate, the choice can sometimes be viewed skeptically unless it's necessary for a mother's health. Surrogacy remains a relatively rare occurrence in the United States. Some estimates say that only about 5,000 children per year are born via a surrogate. Experts say there are about 10 common medical conditions that may cause a woman to choose surrogacy. Some of these health-related reasons include infertility, age, a need for certain medications, or pre-existing medical conditions such as a hysterectomy or uterine problems. Fertility issues, or multiple miscarriages, may also cause a woman to consider surrogacy. Failed IVF may also lead a couple to choose surrogacy instead.