Medical practice has been slow to embrace the role of a surrogate father, but the practice of providing male fertility is growing rapidly, with one in five couples choosing to have their child by a surrogate.
But it’s not just men who are looking to find a male partner to bear their children.
A recent survey of couples by The University of Sydney found that the majority of couples who wanted to have children by a female partner were also seeking surrogates, and in some cases, a male surrogate.
The study also found that there were significant differences between male and female surrogates.
One couple who were looking for a male genetic father was seeking an experienced surrogate who had no experience with surrogacy, the study found.
“The male genetic male is an anomaly in our society, and there are more of them than females,” Dr Tamsin Edwards, a researcher from The University’s Centre for Genetics, said.
“It’s not something that’s necessarily desirable, but it’s an option for couples.”
Dr Edwards said there were two primary reasons for the rise in surrogacy: couples were having a harder time finding a female donor and the practice was increasing.
“We see a significant rise in surrogate births in the last few years, so there is a lot of demand for female surrogacy,” she said.
Topics:health,sexual-health,human-interest,diseases-and-disorders,family-andpregnancy,dental,marriage,australiaFirst posted May 16, 2019 18:29:36Contact Amy Poulet