Choosing a Gestational Carrier
With surrogacy, women with anatomic barriers to pregnancy can enlist the help of a surrogate or gestational carrier to carry their pregnancy to term. Texas necessitates the use of a gestational carrier for surrogacy cycles. This is called gestational surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the woman that carries the pregnancy does not have a biological connection to the baby.
The Gestational Surrogacy Process
Briefly, after a period of synchronization of the donor and recipient cycles using birth control pill, we prime the intended mother (or in some cases an egg donor) for ovulation induction to produce multiple eggs. At the same time we prepare the uterine lining of the gestational carrier with appropriate hormones to ready it for the implantation process.
Eggs are then collected through the vagina under ultrasound guidance in the clinic using light IV sedation, and are subsequently combined with the father’s sperm or donor sperm the lab to create the embryos. After a culturing period of 5 days, the resulting embryo(s) is/are transferred into the uterus of the surrogate for 9 months of safe keeping.
Third-party surrogacy is a complex process, so finding an experienced fertility clinic to assist you is important.
The IVFMD team at our Arlington and Irving fertility centers can help answer your questions regarding the use of donor sperm or donor eggs. Feel free to Contact us for more information.