At Reproductive Possibilities, not a day goes by without answering this question at least once or twice. A common misconception is that if your tubes are tied, that you are not able to get pregnant. While that may be true when trying to conceive naturally, it IS still possible to carry a pregnancy if your tubes are tied. Whether your tubes are tied, cauterized, or cut – you can STILL be a gestational surrogate!
Let’s explain why!
When trying to conceive naturally, timing can be everything. During a woman’s monthly cycle, there is only a small time in which they ovulate. This is when her eggs naturally drop from the ovaries, travel through the fallopian tubes, and settle in the uterus. If these eggs are not immediately fertilized, they will expel themselves from the body and you would need to wait until the next time you ovulate to try and achieve a pregnancy.
When becoming a surrogate, your eggs are not used to create the embryo so there is no biological relation between you and the baby. It may be best to first explain what gestational surrogacy means. Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries someone else’s baby for them.
Since the embryo will be created before being transferred to your uterus, that means we will not need your eggs or tubes! We will be using an embryo that contains the eggs of the Intended Mother or a donor, fertilized by the sperm of the Intended Father or a donor.
Side Note: Some fertility clinic may even consider this a benefit! Having your tubes tied or cauterized means that there is no chance of you conceiving your own natural pregnancy while trying to get pregnant for someone else!
There are other methods used to block your tubes to prevent pregnancy, such as Essure or Filshie clips. 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 do become pregnant through IVF. If you aren’t sure if you would qualify, we would recommend speaking with your own OB/GYN and anyone is welcome to contact us directly with any questions.
If you are just finding out that you may qualify to become a surrogate and are looking to apply, look no further! You can find our application here.