For women who cannot carry a child of their own, a third-party volunteer and IVF technology can make it possible to have a biological child, despite medical contraindications to pregnancy.
IVF surrogacy with a gestational carrier is available at our Orlando, Florida practice for couples with certain types of infertility.
What is a Gestational Carrier?
A gestational carrier is a woman who volunteers to carry a pregnancy for another couple. Unlike traditional surrogacy arrangements, a gestational carrier has no genetic connection to the child she carries.
In order to become a gestational carrier, a woman must have experienced at least one full-term live birth and be free of physical or mental conditions that could pose a risk to the carrier or fetus during pregnancy. Gestational carriage arrangements begin with a thorough screening and matching process, followed by the formation of legal agreements to ensure that the goals of all parties are protected.
A woman who has any type of medical condition that prevents her from carrying a pregnancy to term is a candidate for IVF surrogacy. This includes women who have a missing or malformed uterus, certain immunological disorders, or any disease that makes pregnancy unreasonably risky. In order to use a gestational carrier, however, it is necessary that the infertile woman have a useable supply of eggs for fertilization.
IVF with a Gestational Carrier
IVF with a gestational carrier begins with a process known as cycle synchronization. Both women are given medications to control the progression of their menstrual cycles and bring them into synch, so that the uterus of the gestational carrier is ready to receive the embryos when they are ready to be transferred. The intended mother undergoes ovulation induction and egg retrieval, just as she would for standard in vitro fertilization. Once the embryos are ready, they are transferred to the uterus of the gestational carrier.
In the majority of such arrangements, the parents stay in contact with the gestational carrier, providing support throughout the pregnancy.
For additional information, contact our Orlando, Florida practice.