The medical principles used in this treatment process are the same as those used in donor egg cycles with embryo transfer into the recipient’s uterus. The woman producing the eggs undergoes an IVF cycle. At the same time, the gestational carrier prepares her uterus for conception with estrogen and progesterone. The eggs are retrieved through a simple outpatient surgical procedure under light anesthesia.
Leaders in Gestational Surrogacy
The physicians at California Fertility Partners have been helping patients have children through surrogacy for over thirty years. We see patients from across the globe who travel to our center for IVF with surrogacy not only for our vast experience but because California is one of the safest places in the world for surrogacy.
The process starts with creation of embryos through IVF. In the majority of cycles we will biopsy the embryos for genetic testing and immediately freeze the embryos for transfer into the surrogate at a later time.
Next, our patients select a surrogate candidate through a surrogacy agency. The surrogate then undergoes extensive medical screening. Once medically cleared, the reproductive attorneys complete contracts between intended parents and surrogate. Once legal clearance is given, medical treatment may begin.
The next step is to plan a frozen embryo transfer into the surrogate. The surrogate is given hormones to prepare her uterus for implantation of the embryo. Once pregnant, the surrogate is followed under our care until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy when she’s referred to an obstetrician for continued medical care until delivery.