Conceiving With a Surrogate

You’ve matched with a surrogate who has, no doubt, assured you that her own conceptions and pregnancies were uneventful, and easy. You’re both wide eyed, bushy tailed, and full of positive energy that she will have no trouble conceiving once again, only this time with your child.

Unfortunately, surrogate conceptions are not always that easy. Many women who want to become surrogates tell us their ease of conception is one of the reasons they feel most confident in their ability to conceive as a surrogate. While it can be helpful if a woman was able to easily conceive her own children, it is not necessarily an indication that her body will lend itself well to surrogacy.

Gestational surrogacies are achieved by the use of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This is a process in which, for gestational surrogacy, an egg is retrieved from either the mother or an egg donor, fertilized with sperm from the father outside of the body, and then placed back into the uterus of a second woman – the gestational carrier.

For this reason it is important that the carrier’s uterus be primed and ideal to receive the embryo without ovulating an egg on its own. This process requires medical intervention to thicken the uterine walls and suppress the ovaries at the same time.

Sometimes, for any number of reasons, an otherwise fertile woman may not respond well to the medications required to thicken the uterine lining or may continue to ovulate despite her medications. Both of these outcomes can lead to cancelled embryo transfers.

This news can be confusing and heartbreaking. Most commonly, a doctor will try an alternate treatment method to try for better results. In rare instances some IVF doctors may even opt to try a medicine free cycle to see if the body is able to produce ideal results without medical intervention.

Occasionally, if the uterine lining is not able to reach optimum thickness or if ovaries are not able to be suppressed, a woman who has had no previous complications attaining a pregnancy may find that she is not an ideal candidate for surrogacy. Despite this, the same woman could easily conceive her own child without any medical intervention.

Understand that Growing Generations only accepts surrogates who we believe, and our panel of well-respected fertility doctors believe, will be able to achieve IVF pregnancy easily. While we cannot predict how a woman’s body will respond to fertility medications, we do place high importance on medical screening in order to be able to present you with only those surrogates who we believe will be successful.

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.