Gestational surrogacy is a treatment in which the intended mother does not carries the pregnancy. Instead, a gestational carrier is the one who gets pregnant and delivers the baby. Gestational surrogacy can be done both with own eggs or with donor eggs. In other words, it is an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in which we retrieve eggs from the intended mother (or from the egg donor), we fertilize them with the intended-father’s sperm (or donor sperm), and then we transfer the embryo to the gestational carrier.
Why do some people choose to do gestational surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is a good option for those persons that cannot carry a pregnancy. Women with absence of uterus (congenital absence or prior hysterectomy), those with repeated IVF failures with egg donation, those with repeated IVF failures in cycles with preimplantation genetic testing (PGT-A), those with persistent thin endometrium and those with severe uterine factor infertility (fibroids, adenomyosis, intrauterine adhesions). It is also an option for single men, same-sex male couples, and transgender individuals.
As legal issues are important, we recommend to consult specialized attorneys to know the rights and obligations of each person in the process, which also depends on the state and country in which the baby is going to be born.
In gestational surrogacy, success rates depend on the age of the eggs. In case of using own eggs, it depends on the age of the intended mother. For those using egg donation, our clinical pregnancy rate is around 60-65%, which is similar to most in USA and is higher than those published by the European Society of Human Reproductive and Endocrinology (ESHRE) and Latin-American registry (Registro Latinoamericano de Reproducción Asistida).
We are proud of having the largest embryology lab in Latin America, using the best culture media and having as many incubators as it is needed. So, we transfer always in blastocyst stage. In those cases, using donor eggs, we guarantee that a minimum of 6 mature eggs (the average is 8-9) will be allocated to each recipient. And, in egg donation, we also guarantee that all of them will have the transfer of at least one blastocyst (day 5 embryo). In those cases in which preimplantation genetic testing (PGT-A) is performed, each embryo transfer has a success rate of 75-80%. In egg donation with PGT-A, we guarantee a minimum of one chromosomically normal blastocyst to be transferred.
Doing gestational surrogacy in USA could be extremely expensive. Part of the cost is related with the IVF part. In Argentina, cost of IVF is less than half than in USA. And in case of egg donation, cost is less than a quarter of the price found there.
Why are our prices lower than in most countries? Argentina had a currency devaluation in 2012 and again in 2018. Besides, medical expenditures are cheaper in Argentina, mainly because medical fees are lower than in other countries.
Does it mean lower quality? Not at all. At Fertility Argentina, the unit of international patients of Cegyr, we see more than 250 international patients (mainly from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Chile, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Peru). The main reason is that they get high success rates at a low price with a personalized attention. It is a perfect combination. Professionals working in Cegyr make it not only a high-level medicine institution, but also guarantee patients a positive, professional experience and a safe program as the best running in USA. Cegyr has an ISO 9001 certification of quality and follows the keys principles of the ACT (assisted conception taskforce). Cegyr was founded un 1983 (it was the first IVf clinic in the country).
Our objective is the same as yours: to get a healthy baby as soon and as simple as possible, with the highest safety (infectious and genetics) parameters. We will analyze your case and will build a customized plan for you. The difference with others is not only based on what we do but also, and not less important, on how we do it. Our criteria are: highest pregnancy rates, only one trip to Buenos Aires, no waiting list, and a direct patient-to-doctor communication.
If you want to have gestational surrogacy plus egg donation, take a look at our egg donor program.
The gestational carrier is the woman that will carry the pregnancy but who has no intention of being the mother. Our clinic does not provide the service of finding a gestational carrier. Therefore, there are two options for that. One of them is that a known person of the intended parents agrees to be the gestational carrier. A second option is that the intended parents get a gestational carrier at an agency that works for that (there are some options in USA and also out of USA – we can help at this point, if needed-).