New statistics released earlier this month suggest that there has been a huge increase in same-sex couples seeking IVF treatment and surrogacy services in the UK. A report from government agency the Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority (HFEA) revealed that there was a 12 percent increase in female same-sex couples seeking IVF treatment between 2016 and 2017. Meanwhile, treatment for surrogates rose by 22 percent in the researched period. It is not a secret that opposite-sex couples who have fertility issues apply for IVF much oftener than same-sex couples. But still, 5.9 percent of the people seeking fertility treatment reported having a female partner, and 0.4 percent of all IVF cases were for surrogates. Surrogacy is one of the most commonly used ARTs for male same-sex couples who want to build a family. Surrogacy activists in the UK have welcomed the news that more people in the UK are opting for the method, according to Reuters.