In vitro fertilization or simply IVF for gay couples is necessary when you use the program of surrogate motherhood. You need to know the stages to be aware of the program itself.
When egg donor and surrogate mother for same-sex couple are chosen cycle synchronization takes place. With the help of hormonal management medication the menstrual cycles of the surrogate mother and egg donor are synchronized to maximize the chances of pregnancy. Once both women’s ovarian function is suppressed and their cycles are synchronized, the process of preparing for pregnancy begins.
The next step is hormonal therapy. It is needed to stimulate egg production in egg donor and the growth of uterine lining in surrogate mother. Hormone injections are done with the help of diabetic-style pen. Our specialists carefully monitor the production of eggs and endometrial growth.
During hormonal therapy regular blood tests help to measure the hormonal level of donor and ultrasound helps to measure the size and number of ovarian follicles. This should be done for specialists to know the exact time of egg collection.
When endometrial lining is ready, the egg retrieval is scheduled for an egg donor. Egg retrieval is done with the help of ultrasound and long needle. Fresh sperm of one intended parents should be collected on the same day as egg retrieval.
When both sperm and eggs are collected, fertilization can be carried out. This process can be done through IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). When ICSI takes place embryologist selects one best sperm and injects egg with this single sperm under microscope control.
Embryo transfer is a very simple surgery procedure that takes place five days after egg retrieval. With the help of catheter that is passed through the cervix, embryos are transferred into the uterus. After this surrogate mother continues to take the hormones estrogen and progesterone to help embryo to stick. A pregnancy test is done in two weeks after the embryo transfer. If it is positive then in 9 months you will be able to take your baby home. Our specialists will monitor the state of the health of both surrogate mother and your future child to be sure that everything goes smoothly. Weekly medical appointments will help us to monitor the whole process.
Birth of the baby
When your baby is born, you will finish the process with all legal documents showing that you are gay parents of the child and you are allowed to take your baby home. We will help you to get the birth certificate and all necessary documents to take your child home.