In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common types of assisted reproductive technology. IVF is used to treat infertility and assist in the surrogacy process. During IVF, the egg and sperm are fertilized outside the uterus in a laboratory dish and then transferred back inside the uterus, which increases the likelihood of conception.
There are many variations of IVF, depending on the unique situation of the intended parents. At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., we are supporters of IVF and think it can help intended parents achieve their goals of parenthood. Whether intended parents want to birth their own child or plan on using a surrogate, IVF can help.
The IVF process takes four to six weeks and is split into three stages. In the first stage, the egg donor or the intended mother who is having her eggs retrieved must prepare for the initial procedure. The donor must take hormones to stimulate egg production. Using a transvaginal ultrasound, a doctor will examine the ovaries and make sure hormone levels are normal.
Once enough eggs are produced, the donor will take another medication to stimulate ovulation. Two days later, the donor will go in for the egg retrieval procedure.
The Egg Retrieval
The egg retrieval procedure is a minor surgical procedure that may include slight discomfort to the egg donor. The donor can go home on the same day of the procedure and may receive pain medication.
During the procedure, the doctor goes into the uterus and extracts as many eggs as possible, which are then used for fertilization. By extracting multiple eggs, multiple embryos can ideally be created and frozen for later use, if desired, by the intended parents.
Transferring the Embryo
Once an embryo is successfully created, the embryo is then transferred to the intended mother’s uterus or to a surrogate mother’s uterus. This procedure usually occurs three to five days after the egg retrieval process. After six to ten days, the embryo recipient can take a pregnancy test to determine if the transfer was successful.
Contact a Surrogacy Center
If you are interested in learning more about IVF and how IVF can be used in conjunction with surrogacy, reach out to our team at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. To schedule a free consultation, call 412-281-9906 or click on the button at the top of the page.