IVF Surrogacy: The Process and Success Rates

All About Surrogacy 

For a lot of people who want a child but can’t have one by natural means, surrogacy stands as an option worth considering. However, making the choice to go the surrogacy route opens the door to an even more important question: Which surrogacy option should the intended parents choose? IVF surrogacy is one of the options worth considering.

If having a child by natural means seems beyond your realm of possibility for any reason, you must consider the surrogacy option. While adoption is also an option, it eliminates any possibility of there being a genetic connection between the baby and you as the intended parents. Also, the adoption process tends to be a lot more tedious with no guarantee of results.

Should you choose to look into surrogacy, what you will discover is there are three options from which you and your partner, if any, can choose. The following discussion is going to focus on your surrogacy options with a focus on IVF surrogacy.

IVF Surrogacy Process and Success Rates

The Three Surrogacy options

Every intended parent or set of intended parents has very specific and personal circumstances related to not being able to go through the natural childbirth process. The good news is there is a surrogacy process available that will address most of those circumstances. Let’s take a closer look at the three surrogacy options.

Traditional Surrogacy

In the traditional surrogacy process, the surrogate mother is charged with acting as the egg donor and carrier of the child. The sperm donor could be the intended father or a donor. When choosing this option, you would have to accept that the intended mother will have no genetic connection to the child.

Traditional Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy

The gestational surrogacy process is characterized by the fact that the gestational parent (mother) will have no genetic connection to the child. Their job is to merely carry the child to term via gestational pregnancy.

As for the egg cell, it will come directly from the intended mother. The sperm cell would typically come from a donor with the process managed through in vitro fertilization.

IVF Surrogacy

While IVF surrogacy is arguably a sub-category under gestational surrogacy, there is a very distinct difference between the two processes. In the case of IVF surrogacy, both the egg and sperm cells will come from the intended parents. The gestational parent will have no genetic connection to the child, but the child will be biologically tied to both of the intended parents.

Note: This has become a very popular surrogacy option with intended parents where the intended mother has infertility issues but still produces egg cells.

IVF Surrogacy Process

About the IVF Surrogacy Process

Assuming you and your partner are strongly considering this option, it would benefit you to understand how the process works before committing. Whatever option you choose, you want it to be the right choice because they won’t be any off ramps along the way.

The process for in vitro surrogacy in Philadelphia starts with the intended parents reporting to the fertility clinic for testing. It’s important for both intended parents to gain an understanding of why they can’t avail themselves of the natural childbirth process.

Once in vitro surrogacy in Philadelphia has been confirmed as the right option, the search will begin among potential Philadelphia surrogate mothers for the gestational parent of choice.

Once that person has been identified and selected, the intended mother can begin her

IVF cycle program. This involves the taking of the appropriate medications and hormone injections for the purpose of stimulating ovulation. Once the intended mother starts ovulating, confirmed through ultrasound, the egg cells will be harvested.

With the egg cells in hand, the fertility specialist or embryologist will carefully fertilize each available egg cell with the intended father’s sperm cells. After fertilization, the fertilized eggs will be maintained and monitored “in vitro” for a short period of time.

When sufficient time has passed for the embryos to sufficiently develop, the best of the lot will be chosen for the first surrogacy embryo transfer cycle. The surrogacy embryo transfer process entails implanting the embryo in the womb of the gestational mother. Assuming all goes well, the surrogate will carry the child to term and turn the newborn over into the loving arms of the newborn’s loving parents.

IVF Surrogacy Success Rates

IVF Surrogacy Success Rates

With limited access to Philadelphia surrogate mothers, it’s always important that each process deliver the expected child. That’s why multiple egg cells are harvested and fertilized.

Before reporting the current IVF surrogacy success rates as provided by the medical community, you should know what factors will play a role in determining success. The most basic factors include:

  • The age of the intended mother
  • The health of the intended mother’s egg cells
  • The age of the gestational mother
  • The health of the gestational mother’s reproductive system
  • The health of the intended father’s sperm
  • The effectiveness of the surrogacy embryo transfer process

The base success rate after the first cycle is between 40% and 50%. If a second cycle is needed, the success rate increases to between 60% and 70%. If a third cycle is warranted, the success rate will go to about 80%. There will be concerns if more than three cycles are needed.

IVF Surrogacy Cost in Philadelphia

Of course, there is one more important question that needs to be addressed. What is the IVF surrogacy cost in Philadelphia PA? IVF surrogacy costs will certainly vary from one clinic to the next, and the particular situation of everyone involved, so we can only address the precise costs of the IVF surrogacy process in our surrogacy center. Please contact us directly to receive information on the cost for you as soon as possible. 

We hope this Information answers a lot of your questions and concerns. If we can assist you with any of the aforementioned surrogacy options, please contact us at your earliest convenience.