After a woman’s eggs have been preserved, or if an embryo is fertilized outside of the uterus, surrogates will receive an embryo transfer through in vitro fertilization
. Referred to as IVF, in vitro fertilization is when a woman’s eggs are removed from her uterus when they are mature and able to be fertilized. The eggs are then fertilized with sperm from a sperm donor or from a male partner while outside of the egg donor.
IVF is utilized by gestational surrogacy, which we focus on at Great Beginnings Surrogacy. In the IVF process, the eggs of an intended mother and/or the sperm of an intended father can be used to create the embryo.
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate does not receive IUI, or intrauterine insemination (when a mother’s eggs are fertilized while in her uterus). This is because the gestational surrogate’s eggs are never used during the surrogacy process; she receives the embryo transfer in order to carry a baby.