How Successful is Gestational Surrogacy?
Getting started in your surrogacy journey is, without a doubt, a very exciting time. Sure there can be some stress attached to it -- there’s an awful lot of information to remember as you get your feet wet. Questions such as “who will I be matched with?” and “what qualifications are there?” come up pretty often. Knowing the answers to these are undoubtedly important.
However, there’s one question that often pops up that is likely the most prominent: how successful is gestational surrogacy? While it seems like a pretty straightforward question, you’d be surprised at how complex it can be, given all of the moving parts it has. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno will be taking a look at these moving parts, and how they all contribute to a successful journey for everyone.
Meeting Agency Requirements
As you’ve probably gathered through your research, you know that you must meet requirements in order to become a gestational surrogate or intended parent. We’ve gone over our agency’s requirements in previous posts, but you can find a list here.
For a quick refresher for those of you who are in a rush, here’s a standard list of requirements from our website:
Be a U.S. citizen with birth certificate and possess valid identification
Be between the ages of 21-39 years old
Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18-31
No new tattoos, piercings, or blood transfusions within the last 12 months
Do not take illicit drugs nor medications not prescribed
Not taking any medication that may harm the pregnancy
Have had at least one uncomplicated birth
Parenting at least one child (there are certain exceptions to this)
Be a non-smoker, living in a non-smoking home, for at least one-year before completing our application
Not receiving any public assistance (including Medicaid and food stamps)
Willing to complete a background check and psychological evaluation
Obviously, in order to become a surrogate or intended parent, you will need to fit all of these requirements before you can even consider how successful the procedure aspect of the gestational surrogacy journey will be. It’s a long road, we know. However, we can promise you that all of the time, effort, and patience that you put forth, you’ll receive in return.
Once you’ve met the requirements, you’ll be ready for the next step; meeting your match. As you know, there are plenty of people who would love to become the other half of your journey. Whether you’re a hopeful intended parent or a hopeful gestational carrier, one cannot complete this journey without the other. Before you worry too terribly much about who you’ll be matched with, remember: you’ll have a say. You won’t be expected to agree to match with anyone you’re uncomfortable with. Your comfort level is of utmost importance. After all, you’ll be working as a team with the person/people that you match with. You’ll have, all told, about a year and change to get to know them and discuss what you each want/need out of this relationship. If your small team doesn’t work as a cohesive unit, you won’t get very far in your journey at all.
In Vitro Fertilization
Here’s where we get into the nitty gritty stuff of the gestational surrogacy journey. Once you’ve agreed with your agency that you’ve found your carrier/intended parent(s), it’s time for the gestational surrogate to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF). There are plenty of factors to take into consideration when you’re looking at IVF. One is age. If you’re under 35 years of age, there’s roughly a 37% chance for the process to result in a live birth, and the chances decrease as you get older.
Another variable to keep in mind is your agency or fertility clinic. Be sure to ask what the birth and success rates are for Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno when you get in contact with us!
Perhaps the biggest factor to consider as you prepare yourself for your IVF treatment is if you’ve successfully given birth before. This is a big reason why many agencies list it as a requirement before you become a gestational carrier; if you’ve previously had a successful pregnancy, your chances for success via IVF are higher.
This is still a bit in flux at the moment. Just like with people, no surrogacy journey is the same as another. For some gestational surrogates, they’ll be able to conceive, have a healthy pregnancy, and give birth with no complications whatsoever. For others, it may take a few tries to get it right. Before you begin to get discouraged, though, consider this: the CDC’s website states that, as of 2017, there’s an 88% success rate. With medical technology continuing to break barriers left and right, it’s likely a safe bet that the success rate will only rise with time.
How Successful is Gestational Surrogacy?
Ultimately, as you’ll have gathered by now, you have a bit more control over how successful your gestational surrogacy journey is than you may have thought at first. Was there anything we mentioned here that you hadn’t thought you’d see? Anything you feel might be missing? Let us now in the comments section!
If you’re ready to get started on your own gestational surrogacy journey, go ahead and get in touch with us here at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. We’re available via social media, by phone, and via email. Any questions, comments, or concerns you may have, rest assured: we are here to help you in any way we can!
Be safe and be well, friends!
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now!