Category Archives: How Surrogacy Works

Preparing your Surrogate for an Embryo Transfer

Preparing for an embryo transfer

The most important step in an embryo transfer is the deft preparation of the surrogate’s uterus. To get the uterus endometrium just right for a pregnancy (not too thin, not to thick) requires a mix of science and artistry. This is one point where your doctor’s experience can really pay off!

The Risk of Twins with Double vs Single Embryo Transfers

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Transferring two embryos does not drastically increase the likelihood of a pregnancy, but it does drastically increase the likelihood of a twins pregnancy. If you want to avoid the risks and expense of a twins pregnancy, then you should transfer one embryo at at time.

Fresh or Frozen Eggs for IVF: Which is Better?

Frozen or Fresh Egg

Fresh eggs are more likely to produce healthy pregnancies. Frozen eggs may seem like a bargain, but they can be much more expensive when considering Cost per Live Birth.

Can sperm sorting improve our chances of having a baby girl?

Every client secretly hopes for a boy or a girl — even if they pretend otherwise. There are various techniques to select the gender of your baby. PGS is now the standard technique in the United States. But an old technique called sperm microsorting (which was banned by the FDA) is having a renaissance.

Will a “Collapsed Embryo” ruin our pregnancy hopes?

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“Collapsed Embryos” is certainly an unfortunate term that can drive fear into Parents, but it’s really not as terrible as it sounds. Blastocysts in-vitro typically undergo repeated collapse and expansion before they arrive at the point where they are ready to “attach” and latch onto the uterus wall. This is a normal part of the embryo’s growth cycle.

Surrogacy Works: The cost and complications of freezing eggs

Women who face severe illness that can hinder their fertility such as various cancers and endometriosis can now make the choice to harvest and freeze their eggs in the hopes of having a child through IVF years later. Frozen eggs are one more innovation in how surrogacy works. The practice places a hold on these…
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How Well Does Surrogacy Work?

A recent study reviewed data from the first decade of this century to determine the relative risks and overall safety of surrogacy procedures. The finding? Surrogacy works pretty well, and the risks are low. The risk of complications with the stimulation or surgical process of ART related procedures was low in the United States during…
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How surrogacy works… The Limits of a Woman’s Fertility

Reproductive sciences have allowed millions the opportunity to start a family, but it doesn’t always work as hoped. It should be noted that fertility science is not the rosy-eyed answer to all our fertility based problems. As with all science, it has its limitations. It may be difficult to believe that infertility is on the…
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How do you start the surrogacy process?

Every surrogacy process starts with the same basic steps. Whether in Kiev or California, a reputable clinic will ask you to prove: 1. You are fertile and capable of conceiving a successful pregnancy 2. You are healthy and free of infections that could harm the baby or surrogate 3. You will provide a safe home…
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What’s a “reasonable” success rate at an overseas clinic?

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It’s hard to trust reported success rates at overseas clinics that have little, if any, oversight. My experience is that clinics in the developing world (e.g., Kenya, Cambodia, Georgia, etc.) have a pregnancy rate per embryo transfer of about 40% to 60% in general. That may seem like a very poor result, but it’s sometimes just enough…