Thinking about becoming a surrogate? What a wonderful act of service and a truly selfless way to give the gift of parenthood to a deserving couple. One common question we receive in regards to becoming a surrogate is, can I still be a surrogate if my tubes are tied? The answer is a resounding YES!
A common misconception is that if you’ve undergone a tubal ligation, you’re no longer able to get pregnant. And while that’s true when you’re trying to conceive naturally, it is still completely possible to carry a pregnancy if your tubes are tied. Keep reading and we’ll explain how.
General Requirements For Being A Surrogate Mother
Even though having your tubes tied will not prevent you from becoming a surrogate, there are still many surrogacy requirements you will need to meet. No matter which agency you work with, there will be lifestyle, health, emotional, and psychological standards you must adhere to in order to be eligible for surrogacy.
These requirements are in place to ensure that everyone involved; surrogate, intended parents and baby, are given the best chance for a positive outcome. Part of a surrogacy agency’s job is to make sure that all potential surrogates are fit enough not only to undergo fertility treatments, but also to carry a healthy child to term without complications.
In general, a potential surrogate will need to undergo the following screenings to ensure they are physically and emotionally prepared for surrogacy:
- Background check
- Drug test
- Medical screening
- Psychological screening
- Interview with surrogacy agency professional
Can I Still Be A Surrogate After Tubal Ligation?
Yes, you can still become a surrogate mother after having undergone a tubal ligation, or “having your tubes tied.” As long as you meet all the other requirements to become a surrogate at the agency you’re working with.
Because a gestational surrogacy involves the eggs of the intended mother or a donor, not your own, a tubal ligation (which halts ovulation) will not prevent a successful embryo implantation in your uterus.
So whether your tubes are tied, cauterized, or cut – you are still able to carry a child and become a gestational surrogate! Don’t let a tubal ligation stop you from giving the beautiful gift of a biological child to a loving family.
What Does Having Your Tubes Tied Mean?
After pregnancy, many women make the decision to have a tubal ligation, also known as having their “tubes tied.” This is done as a method of permanent birth control to prevent the possibility of becoming pregnant in the future through traditional methods.
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that prevents pregnancy. It has also been referred to as female sterilization. The term tubal ligation breaks down like this:
- Tubal refers to a woman’s fallopian tubes. Each month, an egg is released from an ovary and travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus.
- Ligation means to tie off. This prevents the egg and male sperm from connecting to prevent pregnancy.
During tubal ligation surgery, both fallopian tubes are blocked or cut. It is usually done in the hospital or in an outpatient surgical clinic. This is a type of permanent birth control for traditional conception methods (i.e. intercourse).
Tubal ligation prevents an egg from traveling from the ovaries through the fallopian tubes and blocks sperm from traveling up the fallopian tubes to the egg. The procedure doesn’t affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, but it does prevent traditional pregnancy.
The key takeaway from the above is that having your tubes tied only prevents “traditional pregnancy”, so a woman no longer needs to use birth control. It in no way impacts in vitro fertilization (IVF) the conception method used during gestational surrogacy.
Why Having Tubal Ligation Does Not Prevent You From Being A Surrogate
When trying to conceive naturally, timing is pretty much everything. During a woman’s monthly cycle, there is only a very small window of time in which they ovulate.
This is when a woman’s eggs naturally drop from the ovaries, travel through the fallopian tubes, and settle in the uterus. If the eggs are not immediately fertilized, they exit the body and you’ll have to wait until the next ovulation window to try and conceive.
If you’ve ever tracked your cycle on a calendar and had to get your partner “in the mood” on the optimal days for conception, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
However, when you become a surrogate you’ll undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) to get pregnant. This is a very common assisted reproductive technology.
In a nutshell, IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a lab. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the gestational surrogate’s uterus.
Since your eggs are not used to create the embryo, there is absolutely no biological relation between you and the baby you carry. This means, there is no impact on your ability to get pregnant as a gestational carrier if your tubes are tied.
Fallopian tubes are not necessary at all for the IVF process. In fact, a woman could literally have no fallopian tubes and still be able to carry a healthy baby until delivery.
How Having Your Tubes Tied Can Benefit The Surrogacy Process
Here’s something you might not know. Some fertility clinics consider having your tubes tied as a benefit for a surrogate pregnancy.
Having your tubes tied or cauterized means that there is no chance of you becoming pregnant naturally with your own child while trying to get pregnant for someone else. Which is definitely an added bonus!
Now there are other methods some doctors use to block tubes to prevent pregnancy besides tubal ligation, such as Essure or Filshie clips. It’s important to note that some of these other options may not be acceptable for gestational surrogates, as the clips can protrude into the uterus and cause issues if you become pregnant through IVF.
If you aren’t sure if the procedure you had would qualify, we recommend speaking with your own OB/GYN or reaching out to us at Surrogacy By Faith to ask questions.
What Are The Next Steps To Become A Surrogate?
There is a lot to know about the surrogacy process prior to applying. If you’re interested in learning more, we suggest you contact a surrogacy agency that aligns with your values.
Finding the best surrogacy agency to work with will take a little bit of research on your part, but it’s worth the effort. Talking to an experienced surrogacy professional who can walk you through the process in the first step on the path to surrogacy.
Why Work With A Surrogacy Agency?
Surrogacy, by nature, is a very complicated process. At any given time, there are many moving pieces that need to be managed or attended to.
A tremendous amount of coordination and planning goes into a surrogacy journey, as well as legal contracts. A surrogacy agency is filled with experts who work with potential surrogates every day. By letting the experts focus on managing and guiding your journey, you can focus on enjoying the experience and delivering a healthy baby.
An agency will be there to guide you, every step of the way, and help manage the medical appointments, contracts, and financial plans. They’ll also work to help match you with the perfect intended parents for your journey.
A quality agency can also help build a safe and trusting relationship between surrogates and intended parents. Which goes a long way towards ensuring the entire journey goes smoothly.
Why Choose Surrogacy By Faith?
We are a Christian agency dedicated to helping grow families by the grace of God… one surrogacy at a time. At Surrogacy By Faith, we understand the intricacy and miracle of bringing new life into this world.
Our hearts are in this for a loving reason, not a business one. We are simply doing God’s work.
Our surrogacy professionals enjoy taking the time to really get to know our surrogates and intended parents. In fact, we are a relationship-based agency.
That means we encourage intended parents to form a special bond with their surrogate mother. Feeling like you are “in this together” and being able to share experiences along the way is a beautiful part of the path to parenthood.
Since most agency staff members at Surrogacy By Faith have also been surrogates themselves, we understand the surrogacy process on a spiritual and emotional level. This allows us to offer sage advice throughout each phase of your journey.
Our Agency Values
We navigate the entire surrogacy journey with you. At Surrogacy By Faith, we know we are truly doing God’s work, and we feel blessed to be able to help families experience the miracle of parenthood.
Surrogacy By Faith upholds our strong family values in everything we do. In fact, we are one of the only surrogacy agencies in the country that does not support fetal reduction and/or pregnancy termination.
If there ever comes a point in the pregnancy where your treating physician suggests termination for medical reasons, Surrogacy By Faith’s very specific, one-of-kind legal contract gives our surrogates the final choice, without being in breach of contract.
Why should you choose Surrogacy By Faith? It’s simple – we are God-lead!
Start Your Surrogacy Journey With Us
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a surrogate with Surrogacy By Faith, please complete our Surrogate Inquiry Form to get started.
After an initial conversation, you can decide if you are ready to start your surrogacy journey with our agency. If yes, you’ll begin the pre screening process and move forward from there.
God bless you as you take your first steps of your surrogacy journey!
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28