Surrogacy and Gestational Carrier
What is it?
A gestational carrier IVF cycle is a process whereby eggs are harvested from the female (biologic mother), fertilized in the laboratory with her partner’s sperm and transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus or womb. A gestational carrier is not a surrogate, as a surrogate is someone who donates her egg and then carries the child. In other words, there is no biological relation.
How does it work?
Prior to the cycle, the couple and their carrier will undergo medica, psychological and legal counseling. While the carrier uses medications to prepare her uterus, the coulple will initiate their stimulated IVF cycle. With their own eggs and sperm, the embryo will be produced and then transferred into the womb of the carrier.
When is it used?
Indications for choosing gestational carrier IVF are usually disorders of the uterus such as previous hysterectomy and congenital abnormalities of the uterus. Certain medical conditions in the mother may also preclude her from tolerating the physiologic changes and/or may actually threaten her life; these may be treated with gestational surrogacy.