Making the decision to seek alternate methods of starting a family can be a difficult first step. One option couples may turn to is a gestational surrogate. At Reproductive Fertility Center, our priority is to help our patients fully understand their options while providing the best possible care.
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Reasons to Consider Surrogacy
Unsuccessful In Vitro Fertilization
If pregnancy has not been achieved after unsuccessful in vitro fertilization treatments, it may be time to consider a gestational surrogate.
Health Risks to Intended Mom or Baby
In some cases, women may be unable to become pregnant because they have had a hysterectomy to remove their uterus or because their uterus is not healthy enough for pregnancy. Certain medical conditions may prevent women from becoming pregnant because it could endanger their health or even their lives.
Same Gender Couples
Same gender couples who wish to become parents but are unable to carry a child can start their family through surrogacy.
Seeking a Gestational Surrogate
Selecting Your Surrogate
Quite often, the parents are not familiar with the surrogate at the start of the process but develop a close relationship during the process. Some couples are lucky enough to have a family member or close friend be their surrogate, but many couples turn to an agency to provide them with a healthy, fully screened gestational surrogate.
It is important for all couples using a gestational surrogate to establish good communication with their fertility doctor regarding their desires, family goals, and concerns.
Couples turning to a gestational surrogate must be fully informed about all laws and regulations involving surrogacy for their state of residency. The process is complex, and Dr. Saadat and his team work with experts in this field, including attorneys and lawyers, who specialize in these legal matters.
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IVF Options for Surrogacy
Gestational Surrogacy (In Vitro Fertilization Surrogacy)
Previously, traditional surrogacy involved artificial insemination of the gestational surrogate. Now, with the advent of egg donor IVF, the intended mother’s egg and the intended father’s sperm can be used to create an embryo that is the product of their combined DNA. This involves egg retrieval from the mother and sperm collection from the father, and after fertilization, the embryo is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate. This process will allow the intended parents to have their own biological child.
Gestational Surrogacy Using an Egg Donor
Women who are unable to produce healthy eggs for IVF treatments can choose gestational surrogacy using an egg donor. The resulting embryo is transferred to the gestational surrogate.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if surrogacy is right for me?
Our team will listen to your desires, provide you with information, and answer any of your questions to help you decide on the best options for your needs.
Do same gender couples often seek a gestational surrogate?
Yes; same gender male couples longing to become parents quite often choose to use a gestational surrogate. Same gender female couples sometimes seek a surrogate after unsuccessful artificial insemination or IVF treatments.
What is the screening process for a surrogate?
Gestational surrogates go through a rigorous screening process, including medical and psychological evaluations. Gestational surrogates must be healthy, have had at least one issue-free pregnancy and delivery, live a healthy lifestyle, and be willing to commit a year of their life to this process.
Is IVF surrogacy possible with both a sperm donor and an egg donor?
Yes; thanks to innovative fertility techniques available, even couples who thought it would be impossible to experience the birth of their child are now able to be there for the whole pregnancy and delivery experience.