How and when to build your family is an incredibly personal decision, and we are excited to support you on that journey. In our initial consultation we can talk you through the process, both medically and legally, so that you know your rights and how you can best support your surrogate through this process. You can find out more about the surrogacy process HERE. Here are some of the medical processes we can assist with.
We can analyze your semen sample for both the presence of sperm and sperm motility. For some men, sperm is not identified with ejaculation. If this is the case, we can use a process called testicular sperm aspiration where sperm is extracted directly from the testicles.
IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF)
Once you have selected your surrogate, obtained your donor eggs, and have produced a sperm donation, we can begin the process of in vitro fertilization.
Because you will be using donor eggs and a surrogate, the process is slightly abbreviated. The sample of your semen will have been washed – removing all seminal fluid leaving on the most mobile and healthy sperm – and is then mixed with the donor eggs. The eggs and sperm are carefully monitored for the next 18-24 hours to ensure that fertilization occurs.
Once several embryos have been created, we have the opportunity to run genetic testing before transferring them to your surrogate’s uterus. This is either pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for patients with identifiable genetic defects – like cystic fibrosis, thalassemia, or sickle cell disease – or pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) which may allow us to identify embryos with the right number of chromosomes and then transfer only those embryos with the best chance to implant successfully.