Despite the advancement of medical science and the many treatment options on offer for women suffering from fertility issues, there are unfortunately some cases in which it becomes impossible for a woman to carry a pregnancy to term. These circumstances might arise from illness, injury, or may be present from birth.For same-sex couples, there are also obvious issues that prevent a natural pregnancy from occurring.

In all the above situations, surrogacy, is a commonly used option for such couples to have a child that is genetically their own, and involves a woman agreeing to carry and deliver the child for the couple in question.  In traditional surrogacy, this woman might be the genetic mother of the child (but has agreed to consider the child as belonging to the original couple), and may be conceived naturally or through artificial insemination. 

Another method by which surrogacy can take place is through the transfer of a previously created embryo.  In this case (known as gestational surrogacy) the original mother may be able to conceive, but is unable to carry a pregnancy to term.  Alternatively, her eggs may be used to conceive a child through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures.  Once an embryo is created, it can them be implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother to be carried and delivered naturally from that point on.  In this situation, the child remains the genetic offspring of the original parents, but is carried by a third party (the surrogate mother).

While commercial surrogacy is banned in most countries, the procedures involved in altruistic surrogacy (in which the surrogate mother is not paid a fee for her services) are relatively inexpensive in Cape Town.  As one of the major destinations for fertility treatments and medical tourism in general, Cape Town is an attractive prospect for a medical holiday.  Medical Tourism SA is dedicated to facilitating this kind of experience, and ensuring that it is a happy and successful one from start to finish.

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