Most clinics and reputable agencies will have a basic set or requirements to accept you as a patient. These include some documentation that demonstrate:
1. You are fertile and capable of conceiving a successful pregnancy
2. You are healthy and free from any infections that could harm the baby or the surrogate
3. You will provide a good home for the new baby we will help conceive

Here is what you will (very often) need…

Required Medical Tests

The United States has the most exhaustive set of medical tests of any country worldwide. The tests below comprise the standard “FDA Serology Panel” which is the criteria for all tissue donations in the United States. These tests will be performed by the clinic at the time of your donation — and if you test positive for any of them, the clinic will not accept your sperm sample. So it’s always smart to have the tests done in advance so that there are no surprises when you arrive at your clinic for sperm donation.

• Anti-HIV-1/2 Assays – Human Immunodeficiency Virus Types 1 and 2

Hepatitis B
• HBsAg Assays – Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
• Anti-HBc Assays – Hepatitis B Virus Core Antigen
• HBV Nucleic Acid Assays – Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatitis C
• Anti-HCV Assays – Hepatitis C Virus Encoded Antigen
• HCV Nucleic Acid Assays – Hepatitis C Virus

• Anti-HTLV-I/II Assays – Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Types I and II

Other STDs
• Anti-T. Pallidum Assays – Treponema pallidum (Syphilis)
• Nucleic acid amplification tests – NAATs (Gonorrhea)
• Urethral swab, or urine for GC (Chlamydia)

Other Infections
• Zika Nucleic Acid assay (Zika)
• Anti-CMV Assays (Cytomegalovirus)
• WNV Nucleic Acid Assays (West Nile Virus)

Semen Analysis (for the donating father)

• Standard semen analysis, including sperm count, motility and morphology.
• I also recommend a “sperm fragmentation” test for couples over 35 years — this will show the sperm is genetically healthy and not just appears outwardly healthy.

Note: If your semen analysis is poor, the clinic may recommend some supplements to improve your chances. If your blood test shows positive for Hepatitis or HIV, there will be additional charges for sperm washing and compensation to the surrogate mother. We also need copies of both donating parents’ passports.

Female Fertility Screening (for the donating mother)

For couples donating their own eggs, the genetic mother will need a blood test on Day 2 of her natural cycle. Along with other basic information, the scans should include these specific hormone levels:
• LH Hormone
• FSH Hormone
• Estradiol
• AMH hormone levels.

Note: If the egg donor’s FSH level on day 2 is more than 10 and the AMH level is less than 1.0, you would not be considered a viable candidate for egg donation. In addition, the clinic normally requires a minimum of 6 visible follicles.

In many cases, a follicle ultrasound scan is also recommended to show “Ovarian Volume”, which is a visible count of the follicles available to be retrieved.


In addition many clinics also ask Intended Parents to spend a short counseling session with a Therapist. This will help them know the parent is emotionally prepared for the journey ahead, and will give the IP an opportunity to voice any fears or concerns about the surrogacy journey (or being a parent in general).

Background Check

Many agencies will also ask Intended parents to provide a simple online background check through either USSearch or Intelius. These services are quick and inexpensive, and a search of the sex offenders registry or felony convictions database will help us ensure potential surrogates that the IPs will be fit parents for the baby.


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