Becoming a surrogate is a total commitment and not one to be taken lightly. It’s a promise to a family that requires even more dedication than a nine-month pregnancy. According to Family Tree Surrogacy Center, the average length of the surrogacy process is 18 months. The reason for its lengthy duration is that there are a series of steps that come before the pregnancy. These include finding the right match, screening, and — if you plan to be a gestational carrier — the in vitro fertilization procedure.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, can be a long and arduous journey well before the surrogacy process. Per New York Reproductive Wellness, IVF is a procedure that involves impregnation outside the womb. Doctors introduce sperm to the egg in a petri dish. If the egg and sperm join, the developing embryo is then implanted within the mother-to-be. Since there is usually a 30% to 50% chance of a successful live birth, researching ways to boost the chances of becoming pregnant when undergoing IVF could be beneficial to anyone who wants to become a surrogate.