What You Can Expect with In Vitro Fertilization

Posted on: February 11th 2014

Want to become a surrogate, but feeling a little uncertain about what to expect during the in vitro fertilization process? Entering into this uncharted territory can be frightening, but many women before you have successfully gone through the process, and with today’s advanced technology, the success rate of in vitro fertilization is higher than ever. Put your worries at ease by becoming informed on what you can expect in each step of the process.


Wondering what’s required to receive a positive pregnancy test as a surrogate? Read on to find out.

Understanding Gestational Surrogacy

The form of surrogacy where the embryo is created by using both the biological father’s sperm and the biological mother’s egg and is then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus is known as gestational surrogacy. As a gestational surrogate, you will not actually be biologically related to the child as opposed to a form of surrogacy known as traditional surrogacy, where a woman acts as both the egg donor and the surrogate for the embryo.

The In Vitro Fertilization Process

Often, the biological mother and the surrogate are first given medications to control the progression of their menstrual cycles and to bring them into sync, a process known as cycle synchronization. This synchronization helps ensure that the surrogate’s uterus is ready to receive the embryos when they’re ready to be transferred. However, the exact medications you’ll be given and the timeline of preparing for in vitro fertilization can vary and are details to discuss with your doctor.

With gestational surrogacy, the biological mother’s egg is first fertilized and is then transferred to the uterus of the surrogate using the process of in vitro fertilization. Typically, embryos develop in the laboratory for three to five days before being transferred to the surrogate.

The embryo transfer process is typically quite fast and involves the insertion of a catheter into your uterus through which the embryo will be deposited. Whether or not more than one embryo will be deposited is something to discuss when you’re considering surrogacy. You may be required to remain at the doctor’s office for a few hours for monitoring.

If the embryo attaches properly and you continue into pregnancy, you should then be released into the monitoring of your OB/GYN through regular prenatal appointments.

Success Rates

The success rate of in vitro fertilization with gestational surrogacy depends on several factors. These can include the age and health of the biological mother providing the eggs and even where the procedure takes place. As a surrogate, you can help increase the chances of success by starting the process off in a healthy manner. A healthy weight and good lifestyle choices lead to a healthier pregnancy and reduce the risk of complications from in vitro fertilization to childbirth.


As a surrogate, you can help turn another family’s dreams of parenthood into reality.

Ready to take the first step toward becoming a surrogate? At Family Formation, we’re ready to help turn your dream of surrogate motherhood into reality. Contact us today to learn more and find out how you can help another family experience the joy of parenthood.

Call us if you have any questions, concerns or just want to speak with someone. We’re ready to help: (925) 945-1880 or (800) 877-1880. Or if you are ready to get started click here to apply now.

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