Also known as genetic, full or traditional – straight surrogacy is when the surrogate provides her own eggs to achieve the pregnancy.
One of the IP’s (or the male partner in a heterosexual relationship) provides a sperm sample for conception through IUI (intrauterine Insemination) at the clinic.
The sperm is prepared and injected into the uterus of the surrogate at the time of the surrogate’s ovulation. This is a relatively straightforward procedure and can be carried out on a completely natural cycle for the surrogate, or with some medication that will stimulate the ovaries to grow and mature follicles (fluid filled sacs that may contain eggs).
If either the surrogate or IP has fertility issues or prefers an alternative route, then embryos may also be created in vitro and transferred into the uterus of the surrogate as outlined below.