As you’ve likely already gathered, your surrogate pregnancy means a lot of additional attention from doctors. You’ve already had weekly appointments to monitor your uterine lining and blood hormone levels, and now that you’re pregnant, you’re about to have your first of what is likely to be several ultrasound scans.
The first ultrasound is such an exciting day! The pomp and circumstance of this day is part of what makes it special. While a handful of intended parents will Continue reading
The future of IVF could mean that there is no longer a need for sperm or egg in order to create an embryo. This new technology is called In Vitro Gametogenesis, or IVG, and has already been successfully used in mice. In that experiment, a baby mouse was created from DNA taken from skin cells, as opposed to from sperm and egg.
The process works by taking skin cells and reassigning them to act as either sperm or eggs in a petri dish. Researchers hope that this technology, once available and tested on human subjects, could open the door to creating biological families for parents that could not pursue IVF methods. In this approach, it is realistic to think that a biological child could come from a parent or set of parents who are unable to donate healthy eggs, sperm, or both. Continue reading
Becoming an egg donor is an incredible opportunity to change your life and the lives of those who will receive your eggs. It is an empowering, fulfilling thing to do, and we are so thrilled every time a woman reaches out to us to express interest in becoming an egg donor in our program. Unfortunately, from time to time, we need to turn potential donors away due to their age. This is not a choice made in vanity, but rather one based in science and probability. Check it out.
Science tells us that a woman will develop follicles every month and, of those follicles, her body will release the egg that is genetically the best. At egg will be the one that the body feels has the best chance at being fertilized, implanting into the uterus, and becoming an embryo. Overtime, as women age, we know that their reserve of high quality eggs begins to diminish. This means that it becomes more likely that a woman may release an egg that is chromosomally abnormal, leading to the presence of things like Down syndrome, Tay-Sachs, or Cystic Fibrosis. Continue reading
The time following a miscarriage or dilation and curettage (D&C) can be both physically and emotionally challenging. It is crucial that you are attuned to your body’s health and response over the next several weeks as it outlines how you are recovering and what your next steps in surrogacy will be.
In general, doctors will monitor your blood hormone levels to ensure that your HCG levels return to zero on their own. Your body will typically experience a slow bleed for up to a week following the miscarriage or procedure. The cessation of the bleed is generally an indication that the HCG levels have returned to zero. Continue reading
Most surrogates will need to travel away from their hometown in order to complete their embryo transfer. For the majority of surrogates this means that you will need to travel by air with your surrogacy medications- a reality that can cause you more than a little stress if you’re unclear on how best to manage this!
The answer to the most frequently asked question we receive is yes- your needles and injectable medications will be allowed to pass through a TSA checkpoint with no issues. Many surrogates fear that the needles could be viewed as weapons, and that you may get in trouble for having them on you. Understand that medical equipment is generally viewed in a different light than other everyday items and is rarely an issue for security guards. Continue reading
In the event of a miscarriage or otherwise abnormal pregnancy, you may elect to undergo a dilation & curettage (D&C) procedure. The D&C can be a first line treatment option for clearing the uterus, or also in cases where body does not expel all tissue from the on uterus on its own. In this case a D&C is necessary Continue reading
When sorting through the database of potential egg donors, it’s not hard to notice that there is one thing that they all have in common. They’re all young. This is not because of vanity or coincidence, it’s a deliberate choice. While most people understand that fertility works best in a woman’s youth, they may not understand why it is so crucial to choose an egg donor who is under the age of 30.
A woman’s body will release the best available egg each month, starting at the time of her first ovulation. By the time a woman reaches her thirties, her egg reserve may be starting to weaken. At this point she may begin releasing eggs that are not as high in quality as the ones she has been releasing over the previous 15-20 years. Continue reading
As your projected due date draws near, you may find that your surrogate and her care provider are talking about the potential need or desire for an induction of labor. In simplest terms, a labor induction is a medically caused labor. Some intended parents even desire an induced labor so that they can have better odds at planning for and being present at the time of birth.
You should know that many doctors and hospitals will have policy and rules surrounding when an induction can be done. Most medical professionals will not allow an induction for non-medical reasons before the 37th (and often not before the 38th) week of pregnancy. In most cases doctors will not allow an induction unless the benefits of ending the pregnancy early outweigh the risks of continuing the pregnancy. Continue reading
The ever-changing field of IVF means that new research is being conducted daily, and that it often leads to new discoveries about how to improve the odds of success with fertility! In February of 2017 a study was released that showed a link between IVF success and daylight savings time (DST).
The study, conducted by The Boston Medical Center and originally published in the medical journal Chronobiology International, found that transfers occurring around daylight savings time (DST) contributes to a higher miscarriage rate among women with previous history of miscarriage. Continue reading
The return of your period, or menses, following the birth of a child is an event that is unique to each delivery. What you may have experienced with your own children could differ completely from your experience as a surrogate. It is unlikely that you will be able to predict when your body ovulates or when your period will return. While many factors can impact the length of time between birth and the return of the first period, most women will experience a return of menses Continue reading