If you are considering using an egg donor and a surrogate to have a baby, you are not alone! We understand that you also might feel a bit disheartened when looking for information, as many times the details you find may address only half of the equation, either having a baby using an egg donor or having a baby using a surrogate, but not both. We are here to help clarify the entire process for you and answer your questions.
There are quite a few reasons why intended parents opt for the combination of egg donor and surrogate. The most common reasons include women who are unable, for whatever cause, to carry a pregnancy to term. Other women cannot use their own eggs due to various medical conditions or because their age has rendered their eggs non-viable. For gay men, the combination of egg donor and a surrogate is an excellent option for parenthood.
Surrogacy can use donor eggs but that is not always the case. For some intended parents, such as gay men and single fathers, or women over the age of 43 who are likely to have non-viable eggs or have medical conditions that preclude using her eggs, yes, in those cases the surrogacy process uses donor eggs.
For women whose egg quality is not in question but for some reason cannot carry a pregnancy, their eggs can be used to create embryos and those are transferred to the surrogate’s uterus.
For single men who want to become biological fathers, using an egg donor and a surrogate allows them to have biological children. Because their sperm is used to fertilize the donor egg, the child that is produced is genetically related to them.
Although the process of using an egg donor and surrogate to have a baby is straightforward, it does have multiple steps. Below we discuss some of the milestones in the process. Depending on your personal circumstances, some of these milestones may or may not be relevant to your surrogacy and egg donation process:
Your initial point of contact is a patient coordinator, who will answer all the questions you may have and guide you through the entire process of becoming a parent. She will also assist you in selecting the egg donor and surrogate who best meets your requirements and needs.
The next step is reviewing the egg donor database, which contains everything you need to know about the donors. The database has all of the donors’ medical histories and physical traits plus includes a personal statement from each donor. After reviewing this information, you then choose and secure your donor. Frozen donor eggs are already available and ready for thawing. If you use fresh eggs, we’ll work with your selected donor to plan her donation cycle to retain the optimum number of eggs you need to build your family.
Because everyone’s parenthood journey is unique, your consultation with a specialist physicians will help you map out what that journey looks like. This consultation with a fertility specialist can be done in person or over the phone to help you plan your next steps.
After you have chosen your donor and are providing sperm for fertilization, we will assist you in getting your sperm tested and ready for fertilization. This includes a questionnaire plus a physical exam and also involves taking a blood test to make sure there is not an infectious disease. There is also a sperm analysis, and your sperm may be frozen. If donated sperm is used, it will need to get to the clinic before the day of fertilization.
After the eggs are retrieved from your donor or thawed, if using frozen donor eggs, we fertilize the eggs in the lab using your sperm or donor sperm to create embryos.
Embryos are incubated in the fertility lab to make sure they are good candidates for implantation. If you desire, we can test the eggs for chromosomal normalcy and sex at this stage.
Once incubation is complete, we freeze the embryos that are viable and save them for a future transfer. This freezing process is not harmful and frozen embryos will last for years. This gives you the flexibility to grow your family within the timeframe you choose. Plus, if more than one embryo is available, this gives you the chance to have future siblings if you desire.
The next step in the process is to select your surrogate, who is the woman who will carry your baby to term. We want you to have the perfect match, so our team will assist you in going through the available surrogate profiles. We arrange a match meeting between you and your selected surrogate so you can ask questions and you can be sure she is the right choice for you.
Once you have made and confirmed your selection, the legal agreements between you and the surrogate are executed. These legal agreements protect all parties during the pregnancy and ensure you have legal protection throughout your surrogacy journey. You can select your attorney and we can also give you some recommendations for experienced surrogacy lawyers.
After the legal agreements have been signed, we work with you and your surrogate to work out her cycle and then schedule a date for the actual transfer of the embryo.
Once embryo transfer has been completed, you will track your surrogate’s pregnancy. For the first 10 weeks, your surrogate’s pregnancy is closely monitored by our fertility clinic, then for the rest of the pregnancy and delivery, the monitoring is done by the surrogate’s obstetrician. You are part of your surrogate’s pregnancy journey and depending on the prior agreements and what is outlined in your surrogacy contract, this can include attending her medical and ultrasound appointments, as well as receiving regular updates throughout the pregnancy to the delivery of your baby.
Finding an egg donor and surrogate is much easier when you use a reputable agency experienced in both surrogacy and egg donation. At Iranian Surgery, we guide you through the entire process of finding an egg donor, including considering factors that are essential to consider when choosing your egg donor. These factors include such criteria as your egg donor’s appearance, personality, medical history, and if you wish, blood type.
As the surrogacy process is complex and can be an emotional journey for all parties involved, choosing the right surrogate for you and your family is essential. The surrogate who is best for you may not be right for another. Here is where working with a trusted surrogacy agency such as Iranian Surgery to find your surrogate can make the process so much more streamlined and can put your mind at ease.
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best doctors and fertility specialists in Iran. The price of IVF in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of IVF in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.