Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy is a popular alternative for women who cannot carry a pregnancy. This process allows for a woman to have her own genetic children with the help of a gestational carrier, through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Associated with gestational surrogacy are many legal, financial and emotional considerations and Advanced Reproductive Center will help every step of the way.

What is the difference between gestational and traditional surrogacy?

Traditional surrogacy involves artificial insemination of the surrogate mother’s egg with the biological father’s sperm. The child is then genetically related to the actual father and the surrogate mother. With gestational surrogacy, there is no genetic link to the surrogate. The intended mother’s egg and father’s sperm are used to form an embryo that is implanted in the surrogate via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Therefore, the child has no genetic relation to the surrogate mother.

How does gestational surrogacy work?

Gestational surrogacy involves using a woman’s (the intended parent) own eggs or even donated eggs and using the partner’s sperm or donated sperm in conjunction with in vitro fertilization. The fertilized embryo is then implanted into the uterus of the gestational carrier to carry the pregnancy. After the child is delivered, the intended parents raise the child and there are no genetic links between the child and the gestational carrier.

How does IVF work with a gestational carrier?

The female partner of the intended parent couple or the egg donor will go through the in vitro fertilization process. Her ovaries will be stimulated to produce multiple eggs. She will be monitored in the office with transvaginal ultrasound and blood work. Once the follicles, or fluid filled sacs that contain eggs, reach maturity she will be given an injection to trigger the final maturation of the eggs. After about 35 to 36 hours, the eggs will be retrieved and brought to the lab where they will be mixed with the intended father’s sperm (insemination) or one healthy sperm from the intended father’s sample will be injected into each mature egg via ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). On average, 70% of the eggs fertilize and become embryos. Three to five days later, a predetermined number of quality embryos (based on a decision between physician and patient) are selected and transferred to the gestational carrier for implantation.

How do I find the right gestational carrier?

Advanced Reproductive Center works with reputable agencies who can provide you with a gestational carrier that is right for you. The gestational carrier selection process is a personal and sometimes difficult decision. Contact ARC to learn more about the selection process and other options involved with gestational surrogacy


To learn more about gestational surrogacy, contact the Advanced Reproductive Center. To schedule an appointment call us at 815-229-1700, or fill out the form below and we will contact you.