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The processes going on after the ER are really amazing! Though not everything depends purely on the clinic's staff and equipments. Once the eggs are examined, doctors can determine if they are mature enough for fertilization. If they are, the eggs must be fertilized within hours of retrieval. Doctors will ask that the partner provide a sample of sperm on the day of the retrieval process or prior to, in which case they will freeze the sperm. Once the sperm sample is available for doctors, the embryologist performs a semen analysis to choose the superior sperm. Once chosen, several thousand sperm will be placed in each culture dish with one egg. This is the process of insemination. A healthy, mature egg will then allow one sperm to attach. After 12 to 24 hours in an incubator, the culture dishes are examined to determine whether or not the fertilization of oocytes was successful. On average, 60-70 percent of retrieved oocytes fertilize successfully. In some cases where the probability of fertilization is low, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, might be used. During this specialized and manual process, a delicate needle is used to immobilize and pick up a single sperm and insert it into the egg. If the sperm is injected and the needle is removed carefully enough, normal fertilization can take place.
It takes about three days for an embryo to mature and fertilize. If maturation and fertilization is confirmed, it can be tested for genetic viability and even gender. If a viable embryo has been created, doctors will schedule the transfer. Now, the fertilized eggs can be considered embryos..
I'm glad BioTex offers PGD along with their packages. as one should make sure the embryos are going to be ok in future. And what makes it really different is that you don't have to pay extra fees in order to get your embies tested for abnormalties.
Hey. What great news. I'm so happy for you. Just don't overthink or get nervous during your journey. Try to enjoy each moment and the little things that happen. Don't lose hope if you experience minor setbacks. Its all a part of your journey. I hope you have your baby soon. Good luck.
Monikadavid399 wrote:
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Hi, lovelies. I'm on the other side of the fence and mine was the case of donor egg IVF. Still we've always counted on surrogacy as our last option is case there's no luck with any other treatment. So we did a huge research on the point while undergoing IVF shot at Ukrainian clinic. From what we've got to know, it's absolutely surrogacy friendly country. Meaning the IP are considered to be the only legal parents of the baby born. The birth certificate is issued with their names. (even though donor egg was used). The surrogate has no right to keep the baby after deliver (even though she changes her mind - you WILL GET your baby in every case). Ukrainian law protects all the sides of the process, so there could be hardly a thing to worry about. If you're from the UK, I'd definitely recommend you looking through oursurrogacyblog.wordpress.com which is absolutely awesome for the details of surrogacy treatment for the UK citizens in particular. In brief, surrogacy process in Ukraine goes on like this:
Initial consultation. It usually contains the following activities: A set of tests depending on the program (fasting is mandatory). Consultation with a fertility specialist who will be in charge of your program (in case of stimulation you will need to have the transvaginal ultrasound check done). Consultation with a manager who will guide you through the program step by step. Signing of contracts. Before any initial consultation you will receive the Guidelines for the Initial Consultation – failure to follow these recommendations may affect the initial consultation in a negative way. Search & confirmation of a surrogate mother, matching process. Waiting time depends on the type of contact. Stimulation & synchronisation stage (about 2 weeks). The cycle of egg donor or the biological mother is synchronised with the cycle of a surrogate mother. According to your contract you have to follow all doctors instruction. In case of self-treatment or violation of the treatment protocol, the clinic may cancel the cycle and terminate the contract. Fertilization day, embryo transfer – the 2nd visit. In case the biological mother undergoes hormonal stimulation and is being prepared for egg retrieval, the second visit may take up to 10 days. If we are talking about surrogacy using own eggs it is not recommended to leave the same day. Flying the following day is fine.The rules for sperm donation are similar as for the initial consultation – a man needs to abstain from ejaculation from 3 to 5 days before. After fertilisation the embryo development is monitored by embryology unit. The embryo transfer takes place on the 5th day. You will receive the protocol of embryo cultivation and transfer within 3 working days after the embryo transfer. HCG test, pregnancy confirmation. The first ultrasound scan is carried out in 2 weeks after the positive HCG test by the doctor in charge of the program. The report will be send the same or the next day after the check.
Pregnancy monitoring. Delivery. Obtaining of the birth certificate for the baby (up to 1 week).
This is some general outline of the process, all cases are different though. I hope it's helps. May your surrogacy journey be smooth and fast, so that you could hold your LO soon. Good luck!!
I am visiting them for my process. So far things are going really well. Their blog really attracted me as well. It is full of information. I really liked how the manager had mentioned each and every detail. I still check it every day. They give eall the information about the clinic on the blog. It is amazing to see how so many surrogates and IVF patients are being able to give birth. The doctors are really professional and amazing. So far things with them are going. My surrogate is in her 3rd trimester. I am really excited and hoping for the best. Good luck to you. Sending baby dust your way. I hope things work out.

Glad to hear you're experiencing things well with them too.
You know, one fact which makes me a bit hesitant is that if waited a bit longer, we could try their new method of mitochondrial donation. Have you heard anything about it??
It allows women 40+ with low AMH to conceive with own eggs!! They stimulate donor and you at the same time, like in any IVF. Then they take some healthy active mitochondria from the donor's egg and place it back to your egg. Mitochondrion is one of the most important components of any living cell, including the egg. In simple words, mitochondrion is the cell’s energy station. Essentially, its work consists in supplying the cell with vital energy for its normal functioning. So if your eggs aren't of the expected quality or their quantity is low, you can ''refresh'' them with donor's mitochondria. Moreover it won't affect the baby's DNA!! So you'll get genetically related to YOU baby in the end!!
I cannot say I regret this, as I'm currently in the 3rd trimester with our DE IVF little one. I'm a couple of days from seeing him for the first time lol. Still I know he's resulted from the donor's egg, So I lost this genetic link..I think I'd definitely have tried this new method if it was in the operation earlier..Or am I just overthinking..? Thank you for all your kind words x
Cathymccartney098 wrote:
Hi guys. So the decision is final. We will be starting our surrogacy program soon. We have set a date with our clinic for the initial consultation. We need lots of prayers. If any of you has been through this and has some advice or tips, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!


It is a very important step in your life. I hope the clinic of your choice is the one. and that your dreams come true!
Surrogacy is a blessing. And I am really grateful for it.
xx
I happen to read quite often people are against surrogacy. But truly cannot understand why. To me there are too many pros to use this very method:
1.  For those who have struggled with infertility and those with medical conditions that make pregnancy unsafe, surrogacy is often the answer to years of unsuccessful attempts to create a family.
2. Gestational surrogacy often enables one or both parents to maintain a biological relationship with their child. One can use own egg + partner's sperm; donor egg + partner's sperm; donor's motochondria +own egg+partner's sperm (the newest method).
3. Surrogacy creates relationships. As many intended parents become close with their surrogate and her family during the process, developing meaningful bonds that can last a lifetime. A legally binding contract outlining everyone’s expectations will be negotiated and signed prior to the embryo transfer. So everyone will know exactly what to expect during the surrogacy process.
4. Intended parents are often able to be involved in their surrogate’s pregnancy. They attend key appointments. They are present for important milestones, including the embryo transfer and birth.
5. Surrogates have a proven track record of carrying healthy pregnancies, which often makes surrogacy more likely to be successful than fertility treatments for intended parents.
Surrogacy might be a complicated process. It might be tiring and challenging. - But just like any other fertility treatment method. How can one judge us for using this or that one?!
And yep, ''Just adopt'' has never been my case!
As I've already mentioned, surrogacy can be complicated. Gestational surrogacy involves complex medical procedures, and surrogacy laws. Legal processes can be overwhelming at times. It is important to work closely with a trusted professional to ensure the process is completed safely and legally. Surrogacy costs can be significant. Because of the number of people and services required to complete a successful surrogacy, surrogacy can be expensive. Surrogacy requires you to let go of some control. While intended parents typically enjoy a greater sense of control and involvement than families pursuing adoption, you will need to relinquish some control and trust your surrogate to carry the pregnancy for you. Similar to a traditional pregnancy, surrogacy can take its toll on one’s body. Surrogates must undergo screenings. Attend interviews and appointments, and carry a baby for 9 months. During this time, gestational carriers are asked not to engage in any risky or strenuous physical activity that could endanger the pregnancy. Biotex takes good care of its surrogates. Are just keeping things under control, which is great to know. Surrogacy is time/costs/efforts demanding. BUT At the end of it all, the reward of delivering a new family member surpasses any temporary inconvenience.
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Hey, honey. I hope you're doing okay. This is a really good idea. I'm glad you're going for it. My prayers are with you. I hope things work out for you! Good luck on your journey.
Hello Lara. Thank you for commenting here. It really means a lot. Thank you for the prayers too. So far it's going great. I'm in touch with my doctors. I will keep updating you guys here. Love, ya'll.
Good luck to you! I hope the process works for you. This must be very exciting and nerve-wracking for you. For this process, in particular, I have heard that it is very important to properly search about the country you are going to be visiting. This is because it is still considered to be illegal in a lot of countries. Apart from this make sure you properly research about the clinic. For the process, this matters a lot. The more experienced the doctor the better it will be. A lot of my friends have opted for the same process. They all are visiting a clinic abroad. I myself have got in touch with the clinic, however, for a different process. I read such good reviews about it that I was actually quite adamant to start my process with them. Good luck to you. If you need answers to any specific answers do let me know. Sending baby dust your way.
As you can see from all these posts you are in good company and will find plenty of support here. Infertility struggles consumed us for yrs. Though I already have a 2,7 yo kid conceived naturally the wish to have another one is stronger every other day. I'm not in the same boat. I'm 36 left with 1 ovary, POF and amhm praying for this moment to come soon for all ladies desperate for their well deserved babies!
You have indeed a lot of information on this topic. I believe doing research is an essential part of the process. When I was first dignosed with a problem I honestly didn't do a lot of research. It was like I didn't know what to do next. It was way later when a friend told me how important it was to not only research about the disorder but also to research about the clinic. I am glad I took her advice. It is because of that I made good decisions. Good luck to you.
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