About 10 percent of women in the United States have trouble getting pregnant, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the first things that your doctor will do if you have fertility problems is prescribe drugs that increase your chances of fertility. By using fertility drugs, many couples are able to conceive the child they’ve been longing for.
According to the National Infertility Association, approximately 7.3 million individuals in the United States–one in every eight couples–struggle with infertility issues. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says that one-third of those affected are women, one-third are men and one-third of the cases remain unexplained. For many of these couples, hiring a surrogate mother is one of the only ways they can bear a child together without the use of donor eggs or sperm or fertility drugs.