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In many cases both egg donation and surrogacy can be an option for infertility. However, this may not be possible if the man is not producing viable sperm or the woman is not producing viable eggs that are capable of sustaining a pregnancy. The situations in which these would be appropriate are when the woman's body is not capable of carrying a viable pregnancy to term such as uterine abnormality, history of hysterectomy, or even hormone imbalances.
Yes! Egg donation and surrogacy are both excellent family-building options for couples facing infertility. The relative ease or difficulty of surrogacy is dependent on where you live; in the U.S., several states are very surrogate-friendly, while other states involve more red tape. Resolve.org, the National Infertility Association, highlights even more family-building options for couples facing infertility (much more information can be found on Resolve.org's website).
In addition to donor eggs and surrogacy (also known as using a gestational carrier), options include: donor sperm, donor embryos, surgery to repair issues such as blocked fallopian tubes or varicose veins in the scrotum, ovulation induction (OI), intrauterine insemination (IUI), various forms of IVF, becoming foster parents and adoption. Families come in all forms and sizes.