Surrogacy has become an empowering choice for compassionate individuals who wish to help others experience the joy of parenthood. As a surrogate, you play an invaluable role in making dreams come true for individuals and couples facing various fertility challenges. In this blog post, we will take an in-depth look at the surrogacy medical process, focusing on the rigorous screening that you, as a potential surrogate, will undergo before embarking on this transformative journey. Additionally, we will explore the vital steps taken to prepare your body for conception with fertility medications, highlighting the significant role you play in the beautiful gift of life you offer to intended parents. Your generosity and dedication as a surrogate are crucial in creating a profound and lasting impact on the lives of others.
Before the Surrogacy Treatment: Surrogate Medical Screening
One of the crucial steps in the surrogacy process is the medical screening of potential surrogates. Patriot Conceptions adheres to stringent guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of both the surrogate and the intended parents. The surrogate medical screening is a comprehensive assessment that includes various examinations and tests to determine if the candidate is physically and emotionally fit to carry a pregnancy for someone else.
Generally, surrogate medical screening includes:
Health History Evaluation: Patriot Conceptions' medical team reviews the candidate's medical history in detail. Any pre-existing medical conditions or previous pregnancies are taken into account to evaluate potential risks and complications.
Physical Examination: A thorough physical examination is conducted to assess the overall health of the surrogate, including vital signs, body mass index (BMI), and any visible health issues.
Blood Tests: A series of blood tests are performed to check for infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, the surrogate's blood type and Rh factor are determined.
Hormone Level Assessment: Hormonal imbalances can affect the success of the surrogacy process. Blood tests are conducted to assess hormone levels, including estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormones.
Genetic Testing: Both carrier and partner undergo genetic testing to identify any potential genetic disorders or inherited conditions.
Pap Smear and STD Testing: A cervical screening (Pap smear) is done to detect any abnormal cell growth. Additionally, the surrogate is tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Psychological Evaluation: Surrogacy can be emotionally challenging, so a psychological evaluation is essential to ensure the candidate is mentally prepared for the process. This evaluation assesses the surrogate's mental health, stability, and ability to cope with the emotional aspects of surrogacy.
It's essential to prepare yourself physically and mentally before the screening and lab day. Proper preparation will ensure that you are in the best possible health to undergo the assessments. Here are some essential steps you should take before the surrogate medical screening:
No Alcohol or Smoking: In the weeks leading up to the screening, it's crucial to avoid alcohol and smoking. Both substances can have adverse effects on your overall health and may interfere with test results. Staying away from these habits will not only improve your well-being but also show your commitment to the process.
Follow Medication Guidelines: If you are currently taking any medications or supplements, follow your doctor's guidelines strictly. Inform the medical team about any medications you are using before the screening.
Avoid Over-the-Counter Medications: Unless prescribed by your healthcare provider, avoid taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements leading up to the screening day.
Preparing for Conception with Fertility Medications
Once a suitable surrogate is selected and her medical screening is complete, the next step is preparing her body for conception. This involves using fertility medications to synchronize her menstrual cycle with the intended mother's or egg donor's cycle, maximizing the chances of successful embryo implantation.
Hormonal Medications: The surrogate will undergo hormone therapy to regulate her menstrual cycle. This typically involves taking estrogen supplements to thicken the uterine lining and prepare it for embryo implantation.
Coordination with Egg Donor or Intended Mother: In cases where the intended mother cannot provide her eggs, or if the couple opts for an egg donor, synchronization is critical. Patriot Conceptions' medical team coordinates closely with all parties to ensure their cycles align appropriately.
Embryo Transfer: Once the surrogate's uterus is adequately prepared, the fertilized embryo(s) are transferred into her womb through a minimally invasive procedure. This process is often guided by ultrasound technology for precision and accuracy.
The surrogacy medical process is a complex and carefully orchestrated journey, and Patriot Conceptions is dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to all parties involved. The thorough surrogate medical screening ensures the health and well-being of the surrogate, the child-to-be, and the intended parents. By preparing the surrogate's body with fertility medications, Patriot Conceptions enhances the chances of a successful pregnancy, turning dreams of parenthood into a beautiful reality. If you are considering surrogacy as a viable option, trust Patriot Conceptions to be your guiding light through this transformative experience.