When a couple cannot carry a pregnancy to term on their own, they should discuss potential fertility treatment options with Dr. Janelle Dorsett. There are numerous means of having a safe pregnancy and problem-free live birth. Gestational surrogacy is one such option, in which a young woman is hired to carry a couple’s embryo to term in her uterus.
The fertility specialist at our Lubbock, TX center would like to discuss the basics of the gestational surrogacy procedure. We can discuss it in more detail with you when you visit The Centre for Reproductive Medicine for a consultation.
Why Gestational Surrogacy Is Used
Gestational surrogacy is considered a good option whenever a biological mother is unable to carry a child to term safely. This may due to anatomical issues or medical conditions that put the life of the mother and/or the child at risk.
In addition, gestational surrogacy may be a good option for couples that have a history of miscarriage. Generally speaking, a previous pregnancy loss tends to indicate a higher risk of subsequent pregnancy loss.
Finally, gestational surrogacy is an ideal option for same-sex male couples who would like to build a family together. The gestational carrier will carry an embryo to term for the male couple, allowing them to have a biological child together.
Selecting a Gestational Carrier
The first step in the gestational carrier process is finding a suitable carrier. Our Lubbock fertility center has a pool of healthy surrogates to pick from. Parents should consider working with an attorney to draft necessary legal paperwork related to surrogacy issues. This may also cover compensation matters and the other necessary arrangements as part of the process.
Before a woman officially serves as a surrogate for a couple, she will undergo a full medical and health screening as well as a psychological evaluation. Everyone’s safety and needs will be our primary concern.
The IVF Process
The next step is the IVF procedure. In this process, a woman’s eggs are fertilized by a man’s sperm in a lab setting. The fertilized eggs develop into embryos, at which point they will be ready for transfer.
For same-sex male couples going through with IVF, the process is different. An egg donor’s eggs are fertilized in a lab. During the fertilization, one father’s sperm can be used or a mix of both father’s sperm can be used.
Embryo Transfer to the Gestational Surrogate
Once the embryo is ready, it is then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus to be carried to term. The surrogate will be on fertility drugs to regulate her cycle and optimize the timing of the procedure.
The Pregnancy Test After IVF
Two weeks after the embryo transfer takes place, an official pregnancy test is taken at the practice to confirm if the IVF procedure was successful or not. If the IVF cycle was unsuccessful, another cycle can be performed.
Proper Prenatal Care for the Surrogate
Once the surrogate is pregnant, regular prenatal visits should occur. The first visit should be about 4 weeks after pregnancy. The frequency increases as the pregnancy progresses. The biological parents of the baby will be just as involved in the prenatal care as the surrogate.
Learn More About Gestational Surrogacy
If you live in Lubbock and would like more information about surrogacy and other matters, be sure to contact a skilled fertility specialist. The Centre for Reproductive Medicine can be reached by phone at (806) 788-1212.