Can I Be a Surrogate if I Needed IVF?

The idea that using IVF to achieve your own pregnancies disqualifies you from becoming a gestational surrogate is a common misconception about surrogacy. Many women believe that only those who have achieved pregnancies with little to no struggle will be qualified candidates for gestational surrogacy. The truth is that, because pregnancies achieved through gestational surrogacy are the result of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), having prior IVF experience can actually be a benefit for you.  

Women who are already familiar with IVF enter surrogacy with established expectations. While their personal medical protocol may differ from what they’ll experience as a surrogate, these women understand the medications and how to administer them. For our doctors, a woman who has had a successful pregnancy and birth as a result of IVF exhibits known success with the procedure. While no doctor can predict how medication will respond in the future, these women are able to show evidence that their bodies have responded favorably to IVF medications in the past.

The crucial element is that your body is able to conceive, carry, and birth a healthy baby. How the pregnancy was achieved is not nearly as important.

Women who have used IVF prior to becoming a surrogate tell us that their previous experiences allowed them to navigate surrogacy with less stress than they suspect they would have had if they were unfamiliar with IVF processes prior their journey as a surrogate.

If you have additional questions about your own pregnancy record and how it could impact your potential as a surrogate, feel free to reach out to one of our admissions specialists or complete our online surrogate application.

 

Revised 5/15/18

Teo Martinez

Teo Martinez is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at both UCLA and Pepperdine University, and with over 15 years of experience working in assisted reproduction, Teo’s background makes him one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.