It takes courage, generosity and kindness for a woman to act as a surrogate for an infertile couple. It is not easy to carry a baby inside a belly for 9 months, but surrogates do that to give happiness to someone else and help them to complete the missing link in their family– a baby!
Surrogate mothers give up more than a year of their life to take part in a surrogacy program to support themselves financially and to help alleviate the pain infertile couples experience when they are unable to produce a baby with all kinds of IVF treatments.
What Is The Normal Process Of Surrogacy In An IVF Cycle?
- After the initial communication with your IVF specialist and consideration that all IVF treatments have failed, you will be requested to provide your medical, personal, menstrual and obstetric history to the surrogacy advisor. The details should also have ART data, such as IVF attempts and laboratory and ultrasonography reports.
- Your reports will be studied and then you will be notified about surrogacy packages that can be opted for.
- Once you register for surrogacy, you will be handed a surrogate’s database that will help you choose an appropriate surrogate mother.
- Once this is done, your eggs will be retrieved from your ovaries and your partner’s sperm will be aspirated from their sperm sample to create an embryo in-vitro.
- Once the embryo is developed and reaches the blastocyst stage, it will be implanted into the surrogate mother’s womb for potential pregnancy.
Is Surrogacy For Me?
If you are also an infertile male or female, do not worry, there are women with big hearts in this world who will present you with a baby. All they need from you is a healthy embryo for implantation.
In case all prior IVF treatments for you have failed, surrogacy is your last and best option. It is also the procedure of choice in women with absent or removed uterus, h/o unexplained recurrent miscarriages or women with poor medical or surgical history unable to carry their pregnancies themselves.
How Does The SurrogacyProcedure Work?
- The menstrual cycles of the egg donor female and the surrogate mother will be synchronized by putting them both on birth control pills.
- In case your uterus has been removed earlier, day of 1 of the surrogate’s menstrual period will be considered as Day 1 of your treatment cycle.
- Sometimes, the synchronization requires use of injections like GnRH Analogues to help match the dates.
- Once the cycles are properly synchronized, injections with Gonadotrophins will be given to the female partner to help her grow and ripen her eggs known as Controlled Ovarian Stimulation and lasts 9 to 12 days.
- The progress of your ovaries and the number of eggs maturing will be monitored via blood tests and periodic trans-vaginal ultra-sonographies.
- After eggs are ripe, they are mated with the male partner’s sperm inside a petri dish to form a successful embryo that reaches the blastocyst stage (Day 5).
- Once the egg transforms into a multi-celled blastocyst it is implanted into the surrogate mother’s womb and after a few days successful pregnancy is announced.
- The only risk that people opting for surrogacy believe is that the surrogate might not want to give away the baby to you after it is delivered, this is totally wrong. Proper legal documentation and consent is mandatory prior to the embryo transfer to ensure no complications happen in the future/
- There is no other risk in this procedure. However, if implantation fails in the first attempt, more tries will be attempted with the cryopreserved embryos to achieve successful pregnancy.
- As per legal framework guidelines laid down by Government of India, foreign couples wanting to opt for surrogacy should check the laws of their home country regarding legal status of the baby so born out of surrogacy. Based on that only, they would need to apply for a medical visa to India to undergo surrogacy.
Is SurrogacyA Safe Procedure?
Surrogacy is totally safe and reliable.
Who Can I Talk To If I Have Further Questions?
When you opt for Surrogacy, your Physician will explain to you all the details about the procedure and the possible risks involved with it.
- The medical staff at our IVF centre is highly familiar with the procedure and can give you all the latest information regarding it.
- We encourage you to ask as many questions as you can to be assured that all your queries have been answered.