Surrogacy Jargon #5: Embryo Transfer in a Gestational Surrogacy Arrangement
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) technique is when eggs retrieved from the intended mother or egg donor are fertilized with the sperm of an intended father or sperm donor. The resulting embryo(s) are then transferred to the uterus of a gestational carrier.
The intended parents have the option to submit the embryos created to pre-genetic testing to rule out any genetic conditions prior to an embryo transfer.
The gestational carrier must attend several monitoring appointments leading up to the transfer of the embryo to her uterus. The monitoring appointments are necessary because the gestational carrier is taking a series of medications to prepare her body for the embryo transfer. The monitoring physician must check her hormone levels and the thickness of her uterus.
Once the gestational carrier’s body is ready for the embryo transfer, the transfer will be completed by the IVF physician. Once the embryo transfer is completed, the gestational surrogate will submit to a beta hCG test (blood test) two weeks post-transfer. If the beta hCG levels are 25 mIU/mL or greater, this indicates that an embryo did implant!! The beta hCG levels should double every 48 hours during early pregnancy. An ultrasound will be conducted roughly 4 – 6 weeks post-transfer to determine how many embryos implanted and whether there’s a heartbeat.
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