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Gestational surrogacy and egg donation

Gestational surrogacy and egg donation

  1. <span  class="bbp-author-name">Vicky</span>

    Hello! First of all, I’d like to thank you for creating this surrogacy forum… It’s very helpful for people like me… Having a professional team that is willing to answer our questions selflessly is a gift! So thank you in advance for your help.

    I wanted to know if it’s possible to undergo surrogacy but the eggs used are not from the intended mother or the surrogate. I mean, we would use my husband’s sperm, but someone else’s eggs. Unfortunately my fertility issue is not only in my uterus but also in my eggs.

    I know it’s fully permitted for gay men, but I’m not sure if heterosexual couples can also use an egg donor in gestational surrogacy. If so, could we choose the donor?


    01/19/2018 at 12:09
  2. Dear Vicky,

    Gestational surrogacy admits both options: donor-egg IVF or IVF using your own eggs. I mean, it’s possible for you to undergo IVF using donor sperm or own, as well as with donor eggs or own eggs. And it applies to same-sex and opposite-sex couples equally.

    However, these options are not permitted in all countries. In the United States, you are free to access whatever option you may need, but in other countries, at least one of the intended parents must contribute the genetic material for him/her to become the legal parent of the child.

    What is not recommended in any case is that the surrogate is the egg donor, i.e. traditional surrogacy arrangements, in which the surrogate is inseminated artificially. So, in cases like yours, where the intended mother cannot use her own eggs, three women would be involved in the process: the donor, the gestational carrier, and the intended mother (you).

    I hope I have been able to help,

    Best wishes

    01/22/2018 at 16:49
  3. I was trying to conceive from last 10 years. But I didn’t conceive for even one time.
    With the years passing, I lost my hope of conceiving. The doctors also can’t find the problem.
    So surrogacy was the last option. I am from Bulgaria. Surrogacy is totally prohibited in Bulgaria.

    09/30/2018 at 10:58
    • Nice to hear this. Thanks god we have all those options nowadays. Egg donors, awesome women they are!! BUT if you are thinking about becoming an egg donor, you should know that egg donation comes with certain risks to your health and well-being. The egg donation process can take several months and includes time-consuming appointments with doctors, counselors and egg donor agency staff. Some of the medical procedures can be physically uncomfortable and the process itself brings emotional challenges for even the most enthusiastic donors. Good donor egg programs are upfront with egg donor applicants about the risks involved and are happy answering questions. Stay clear of donor egg programs that don’t want to discuss potential risks, including health, legal, and emotional risks. Just get prepared for the process.

      07/16/2019 at 16:51
  4. Hi! My uterus was removed through hysterectomy. It helped me to fight my cervical cancer. Honestly, it brings a lot of changes into my life. The surrogacy become the only thing that is helpful in my case.
    Honestly, I always wanted to be a good mother. I wanted to know about my genetic connection to my baby. I was happy that my ovaries are still with me but unfortunately it doesn’t work like I planned.
    The stimulation was prohibited due to my past cancer. It was a danger of relapse. I had to accept egg donation if I wanted to become a mother. I spent many days in profound analyzing of all the possibilities. I weighted my chances and my true wishes. The decision was made I was ready to try.
    The healthy egg donor is always an additional bet for success. I was kind of deaf while we chose a donor because it was a risk to begin having another doubt.
    Now I’m fully happy of having what we have. Our surrogate is pregnant and it’s the only thing making me the happiest in this world.

    02/03/2019 at 12:45
  5. This is absolutely possible.
    One of the most exciting and important steps of the surrogacy process is finding the right surrogacy opportunity with a surrogate mother or intended parents. If you have already located a surrogacy opportunity, you may only need to work with an attorney who specializes in assisted reproductive law. However, if you have not yet found a surrogacy opportunity, you will likely need to enlist the matching services of a surrogacy agency. Here’s how a match works: When a prospective surrogate mother or intended parents begin working with a surrogacy professional, their surrogacy specialist will help develop their surrogacy plans. Based on their surrogacy plans, they will likely create a profile to show to other intended parents or surrogate mothers who are also looking for a surrogacy opportunity. Once the surrogacy agency identifies a surrogate mother and intended parents who share similar surrogacy plans, the agency will provide them with a profile of the other party to see if there is interest in a match. If both parties are interested in moving forward, they may get to know one another better through phone calls, emails or in-person meetings and may then make the match official by drafting the initial legal contract.
    For Prospective Intended Parents: At some point in your journey, your surrogacy professional will likely ask you to create a surrogacy plan, which outlines your goals and preferences for the surrogacy process. This plan will be used to help create a match between you and a prospective surrogate.
    In addition, you may create a profile that includes photographs and information about you and your family that will help potential surrogates get to know you better. You may have the opportunity to browse similar profiles for prospective surrogates. Once you’ve identified a surrogate you’d like to match with (or when a surrogate has identified you), your surrogacy professional will coordinate a meeting or phone call that will allow you to get to know each other better.
    I have just turned 44. Dh and I started ttc when I was 36 yrs old. WE tried for half a year with no luck and this made us turn to doc’s help. Unfortunately the news wasn’t great – Our doc told us we were the true candidates for IVF. So we moved this way. OE IVF #1&2 turned into bfn. IVF#3 – cancelled – poor respond. IVF #4&5 – both bfp. But dramatically miscarried at 4-5 weeks..Heartbroken we had to move on with surrogacy. Passing it in our home country was impossible for us after all the previous IVF shots which cost us a fortune. We had to seek for some other more affordable options. Also we had to make a break from treatments and save to be able to proceed with surrogacy. That’s is why it took me years to achieve the aim. We went to Ukrainian clinic last year. It’s a hospitable well equipped place with nice professional stuff.
    It’s usually 1 year of ttc with no luck for ladies up to 35 yo, and only half a year in their 35+ yo. Before infertility testing, your doctor or clinic works to understand your sexual habits and may make recommendations based on these. In some infertile couples, no specific cause is found (unexplained infertility). Infertility evaluation can be expensive, and sometimes involves uncomfortable procedures. Many medical plans may not reimburse the cost of fertility treatment. Finally, there’s no guarantee – even after all the testing and counseling – that you’ll get pregnant. This is the hardest though. So surrogacy + donor egg might be the best solution in some cases.

    06/20/2019 at 09:43
  6. Hi,

    I also had IVF surrogacy + egg donation. We were also able to get to know both surrogate and egg donor. Was a blessing! now we have a healthy baby and once in awhile we arrange reunions with the two of them. They’re like familiy now to us.

    12/20/2019 at 11:31