7: I’ve had multiple failed pregnancies, what are my surrogacy options?
Many couples have had difficulty carrying full-term pregnancies for a variety of reasons. Every couple is unique, but the need to carry a baby to term while avoiding the physical stress of pregnancy is very common. Sometimes the mother’s uterus is simply unable to carry a pregnancy. In other cases the mother’s general health makes the stress of pregnancy risky. In all these cases, surrogacy is often a very safe and reliable solution.
These couples have a few options to pursue surrogacy overseas…
Option 1: Full Surrogacy Overseas
The typical process is for future parents to travel to our clinic, and have the entire procedure performed there. The future mother can donate her own eggs at our clinic, and the father can donate his sperm. Our clinic will fertilize the eggs and then transfer the embryos to a local surrogate mother. Additional embryos not used during the first transfer can be frozen for future use.
The husband’s sperm donation only requires that he be at our clinic for a few days (two donations, with 3 days recuperation between.) However to donate her own eggs will require that the mother remain in Asia for about 2 weeks to undergo fertility treatments leading up to the donation.
Donating your own eggs for the IVF procedure is called a “Self Cycle”. It is quite common, but you must first have some fertility tests to show that you are able to donate the needed eggs for the procedure. Unfortunately, it is not as easy to be an egg donor as many women think, especially for women with many failed pregnancies.
You can download a brochure on Self Cycle procedures that describe what you should do to see if you can donate your own eggs.
Option 2: Surrogacy with Frozen Embryos
You can have your embryos created at a local clinic in your home country, and then ship the embryos frozen to our clinic for transfer to a surrogate.
Our clinic regularly receives frozen embryos and sperm samples for use in Surrogacy procedures. You can download a brochure about this procedure (called Frozen Embryo Transfer), which includes the specifics about the costs. Please note that the costs do not include the shipment of the embryos, which can be handled by a number of international cryo-shipping agencies (and we can recommend one, if you like).
Because you are shipping your embryos, you will not need to visit our clinic until the baby is ready to be born. Contracts and payments can be arranged online or by bank transfer.
Option 3: Surrogacy with Egg Donor
If you feel that you are not a suitable egg donor, or the mother is unable to visit our clinic for the required time to donate her eggs, you can use an egg donor. Donors are available from many international agencies — the cost ranges from $12,000 USD to $25,000 USD. The donor can donate either at the clinic in Asia or at your home clinic (if the IVF procedure will be performed in the US).
In the case of an egg donor your husband will still need to donate sperm for the procedure. However he has the option of shipping his sperm sample frozen to our clinic if he prefers not to travel to India. As above, we can recommend a cryo-shipping agency, but the cost of the shipment is not included in our standard fee.
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