Over half the people in the U.S. will have an STI in their lifetime, with herpes being among the most common.
While there are some STIs that will affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant and carry a child, others may not affect your ability to be a surrogate at all. However, if you’re living with an STI and are considering becoming a surrogate you may be wondering how this affects your eligibility.
Have questions about how your health history measures up to surrogacy standards? Contact us to learn more about your own situation.
Can You Become a Surrogate With Herpes?
Yes, you can be a surrogate with herpes as long as you are effectively managing your condition. In the case of HSV-1 or oral herpes, which is known to cause cold sores, this should not affect your pregnancy or surrogacy experience. If you have HSV-2 or genital herpes when the due date arrives, you may be required to undergo a C-section for the protection of the baby.
A doctor will also continue to evaluate your herpes condition throughout the pregnancy to help prevent the development of neonatal herpes. This situation is very rare, but it is a serious condition.
STIs and Surrogacy
When you go through surrogacy, you will be required to go through a medical evaluation. This is why it’s very important to be honest about your history with herpes or other STIs. Having herpes will not automatically disqualify you from becoming a surrogate.
How to Become a Surrogate With Herpes
There will be a medical screening process as you pursue surrogacy. This will be able to determine if you can be a surrogate with herpes and if the type you have can affect pregnancy. Initially, there will be a social and medical history form you will need to submit. It’s a form that illustrates your health history to determine your eligibility to become a surrogate.
After being approved, you will then go through a medical evaluation to determine your ability to carry a child. This process will happen after you matched with parents to be their surrogate. At this point they will know you are a surrogate with herpes and will have agreed to the situation.
How We Support Surrogates With Herpes
Complete honesty about medical history is important for establishing trust and ensuring appropriate care for all involved. We prioritize an environment free of judgment or shame, especially regarding conditions like herpes. You should never feel embarrassed about your medical history. Your health details will always be treated with respect, confidentiality and solely for the purpose of ensuring a safe and successful journey.
How to Become a Surrogate with Herpes
We are excited to help you through the surrogacy process! Being a surrogate with herpes can be a positive experience when you are straightforward about your diagnosis and can submit a letter of recommendation from a physician.
We want to help you achieve your goals. We know there are a number of surrogacy agencies to choose from, but you can trust that we have your best interest at heart through the entire process.
We want you to have an amazing experience as a surrogate. Our surrogacy specialists are ready to help you get started. Contact us today!
Disclaimer: The information provided on this platform is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you have obtained from this platform.