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Surrogacy Statistics: Numbers and Success Rates Worldwide

06 March 2015

Surrogacy is a means through which couples who are unable to conceive, are able to have a baby with the help of a surrogate. The surrogate carries the intended parents' biological child till term, usually in return for a financial compensation, after which they receive the official parental rights with regards to the baby as per the surrogacy agreement.

Surrogacy numbers on the rise

The number of surrogacy cases have gradually been picking up pace. For instance, the US saw over 859 gestational surrogacy cases during 2010, which was a 28 percent rise from the number of gestational cycles that were carried out in 2007. The total number of surrogacy cases in the US, during 2011, stood at 35,000. As of 2014, it was seen that gestational surrogacy number grew by 89 percent over a four-year period in the US. The general estimate is that 9 children are born through surrogacy each year, in every US state.

Britain alone saw its surrogate baby numbers rise by a whopping 255 percent in the 2008-2014 period. In fact, statistics from about 12 of the leading surrogacy clinics overseas showed that there was a 180 percent growth in the inflow of UK parents who were seeking surrogacy, between 2011 and 2014.

Success rates in surrogacy

Statistics reveal that the success rates for surrogates who are under 35 years of age can be nearly 60 percent. These success rates, however, begin to decrease as the age of the surrogate increases. The advances in implantation techniques can explain why the IVF birth numbers have nearly doubled in the past couple of years. Typically, it takes about 3 IVF cycles to result in successful conception.

Blastocyst transfers have been reported to be one of the most successful methods of implantation, with success rates picking up by 10 percent. The overall surrogacy success rates through fresh embryo transfer stands at 60 percent, while the same with frozen embryo transfers is 45 percent. Embryos that have been subjected to PGD analysis show implantation success rates of 80 percent. Meanwhile, self donation surrogacy procedures have shown a low success rate of about 15 percent. Among the various surrogacy techniques, assisted reproduction techniques for pregnancy have shown higher cases of multiple birth, while also have higher odds of developing infections than other surrogacy methods.

Surrogacy expenses worldwide

Medical expense is a huge concern for couples who are looking for a surrogate. Since surrogacy is not included as a part of medical insurance, couples have to plan well in advance before they undertake the surrogacy route. The cost can basically be broken down into the surrogate's fee, medical expenses during surrogacy term, and additional fee to lawyers, surrogacy agency and such. These costs vary around the world. Surrogacy laws vary from one country to another as well. Some couples, such as those from China, seek out surrogacy in the US and Thailand, as they can choose the baby's gender via IVF, while there is also the added benefit of getting a US citizenship for the baby. Others opt for healthcare destinations that offer affordable surrogacy; India, Thailand, and Mexico are locations that come under the affordable surrogacy bracket.

In the US, a surrogacy can cost anywhere between $60,000 and $120,000. In fact, the basic package which includes just a single IVF cycle can cost $120,000-$170,000. Surrogacy in Canada can cost over $100,000 or $150,000 USD. In India, the prices of surrogacy are a lot lower, standing at $20,000- $60,000. A surrogacy in Mexico can translate to savings of nearly 70 percent when compared to a surrogacy in Canada or the US.

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