The embryo transfer procedure is usually one of the first questions intended parents and surrogates ask about, when beginning their surrogacy journey with us. Shared Conception is here to answer those questions and take you through the actual procedure.
After the eggs are taken from the intended mother or egg donor, they are examined, sometimes tested and mixed with the intended father or donor sperm. They are then incubated for 3 – 5 days to allow fertilization to occur.
The gestational carrier, or surrogate, intended parents and the reproductive doctor, then consult to determine the number of embryos to transfer. Afterwards, the embryos are placed in the surrogate's uterus via in-vitro fertilization.
The embryo transfer procedure takes place in a fertility clinic or nearby hospital. The process does not cause discomfort and requires no medication or anesthesia. The transfer is performed through the vagina using a catheter inserted through the cervix so the embryos could be inserted into the uterus. The process usually takes approximately 10-15 minutes, and then the surrogate is required to remain at the clinic for at least 1-2 hours after the completion of the transfer procedure to rest. Surrogates are also asked to restrict their activities or to be on bedrest, for 2-3 days following the transfer procedure.
Shared Conception suggests surrogates have an adult companion accompany them to the embryo transfer procedure and stay with them until the clinic staff releases them.
We hope this breakdown of the embryo transfer procedure takes away some of the "mystery" associated with embryo transfers. Shared Conception welcomes the opportunity to talk with you if you are thinking about becoming a surrogate. Contact us soon!