Can I Be A Surrogate if I Have an IUD

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Surrogate applicants go through an extensive screening process before they are cleared to begin their surrogacy journey. One of the most commonly asked questions during this screening phase is, “When and how will I have my IUD birth control removed?”

IUD, or inter-uterine device, is a birth control option that is placed inside of the uterus. When a woman is attempting to become pregnant as a surrogate, the device will need to be removed. Growing Generations requires that potential surrogates see an OBGYN prior to their medical screening in California for IUD removal. This is done at your own expense, but do note that Growing Generations has included money in all benefit packages to cover the cost for reinsertion of a future IUD, if that is your desire.

As for the removal itself, the process is simple and painless. During your internal exam the doctor will simply locate the strings of your IUD and firmly grasp them between his fingers. You will then be asked to cough, and the doctor will pull to remove the device as your muscles flex during your cough. Most women do not even feel the device exit the body.

In most cases, the prior use of an IUD will have no additional impact on the progress or rate of your journey moving forward. The IVF doctor may ask that your body have a number of natural periods once the device has been removed before you are able to start a medical cycle for transfer, but this amount of time usually runs concurrent to your matching process.

You should make sure to use another form of birth control for the time between IUD removal and your future embryo transfer. Most surrogates will be placed on birth control pills during this time. If you have additional questions about your IUD removal, or future birth control options, your admissions specialist will be able to help you.

 

Revised 4/18/18

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.