Need Suggestions. What to choose, surrogacy or IVF?


Surrogacy is an incredible process. It has the ultimate power to create a family, one of the greatest enjoyments. It’s a safe, successful, and enriching experience for both the family and the surrogate. It’s hard to quantify the endless supply of virtues it provides.
The most obvious benefit of surrogacy is its giving power. For various reasons, couples or individuals may not be able to have children on their own. This is a difficult problem to face as creating a family is a goal for most couples. Whatever obstacle a couple may face on their journey to creating a family, with the help of a surrogate and/or an egg donor/ donor’s mitochondria (the unique method Bio Tex Com clinic has recently introduced to its patients), anyone can have a child! Surrogacy allows many intended parents to share a genetic tie with their child. Surrogacy can lead to a lifelong relationship between the surrogate, the intended parents, and the child Surrogacy is often a better option than other fertility treatments. Depending on the various programs, surrogacy generally costs do vary extremely, which rivals the cost of more invasive fertility treatments. Surrogacy also has a higher success rate than other fertility treatments, and with continued improvement of IVF procedures, surrogacy is only getting more successful. I believe, surrogates choose to carry other people’s children because they value life and the power of family.


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. BioTexCom takes good care of its surrogates. At the end of it all, the reward of delivering a new family member surpasses any temporary inconvenience. Unlimited number of attempts – seems their main principle is guaranteed result. It means that in case of failure they’ll be trying again and again until they get the desired result. It’s already covered by contract and doesn’t require any extra fees.
All relevant medical examinations. Even if we had already been examined in our previous clinic and the reason of unsuccessful treatment wasn’t determined, they do extra checkups in order to make treatment effective. Our package included all medications for hormonal stimulation, vitamins, medical expenses and services of medical staff.
Legal service -That is assisting in getting all documents in civil status registry office and embassy, translations, lawyer service, assisting of a manager at all stages of our treatment plan. We could stay in comfortable apartments and were provided with housemaid, cook and babysitter. Their attendant staff speaks English. BioTexCom has its own car fleet with drivers who know the peculiarities of clinic’s work. Large base of egg donors and surrogate mothers. Each day they examine up to 200 candidates who want to donate their eggs. Only small percentage of them comply with the strict requirements to prospective egg donors’ physical and psychological health, age, having at least one healthy child restriction. Their donor base is one of the largest in the world. We could make sure that embryos are healthy or determine the gender of embryos via PGD testing. When the baby is born, there is a qualified and skilled pediatrician to take care of the baby’s health. We got a baby basket with all stuff needed for the baby during his or her first days: clothes, bottles, pacifiers and baby formula. There was a housemaid who was familiar with newborn care and when needed she could help us to contact the necessary specialist in the clinic. Have not a single thing to regret about using them. Wishing everyone the best experiences with the clinics chosen.


If it’s recurrent implanation failure, then I’d advice looking more seriously onto surrogacy. Besides specific steps of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle carry risks, including:
Multiple births. - IVF increases the risk of multiple births if more than one embryo is implanted in your uterus. A pregnancy with multiple fetuses carries a higher risk of early labor and low birth weight than pregnancy with a single fetus does.
Premature delivery and low birth weight. Research suggests that use of IVF slightly increases the risk that a baby will be born early or with a low birth weight.
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Use of injectable fertility drugs, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), to induce ovulation can cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, in which your ovaries become swollen and painful.
Signs and symptoms typically last a week and include mild abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you become pregnant, however, your symptoms might last several weeks. Rarely, it’s possible to develop a more-severe form of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome that can also cause rapid weight gain and shortness of breath.
Miscarriage. The rate of miscarriage for women who conceive using IVF with fresh embryos is similar to that of women who conceive naturally (about 15 to 25 percent) but the rate increases with maternal age. Use of frozen embryos during IVF, however, may slightly increase the risk of miscarriage.
Egg-retrieval procedure complications. Use of an aspirating needle to collect eggs could possibly cause bleeding, infection or damage to the bowel, bladder or a blood vessel. Risks are also associated with general anesthesia, if used.
Ectopic pregnancy. About 2 to 5 percent of women who use IVF will have an ectopic pregnancy -when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. The fertilized egg can’t survive outside the uterus, and there’s no way to continue the pregnancy.
Birth defects. The age of the mother is the primary risk factor in the development of birth defects, no matter how the child is conceived. More research is needed to determine whether babies conceived using IVF might be at increased risk of certain birth defects. Some experts believe that the use of IVF does not increase the risk of having a baby with birth defects.
Ovarian cancer. Although some early studies suggested there may be a link between certain medications used to stimulate egg growth and the development of a specific type of ovarian tumor, more recent studies do not support these findings.
Stress. Use of IVF can be financially, physically and emotionally draining. Support from counselors, family and friends can help you and your partner through the ups and downs of infertility treatment.
One should consider this well and decide on further steps.


Thank you, JannetLee, for the detailed post of yours. Anyway, it’s better to be aware of all the possible complications rather then regret about not doing sth to avoid those. IVF is a part of a surrogacy treatment. And if a woman is using her own eggs this is inevitable to deal with the procedures. Another question is when donor eggs are used with surrogacy. Then I believe this is the least stress laid upon intended mom. Sometimes I felt alone in my feelings and now traumatized and exceptionally frightened of all things medical/injections I felt. I did feel hope when I started cycling and treatments but it immediately upended my entire life - stopping working, commuting to a clinic, remortgaging a house, facing my fear of surgery, procedures, and injections. To be honest I felt horrified at the massive hole this sent me down, and could only compare it to my friends and siblings all having babies instantly, no problem, each time, so happy and celebratory, and no aspect of their lives sacrificed. The shock of infertility and what it took felt so magnified and sad. I felt such a loss of my “former” life in every way. And is not my awesomly supportive dh by side, I cannot imagine what I would do…


Will definitely support the idea! Opting for surrogacy in Ukraine is relatively affordable. Some of Ukrainian clinics have all-inclusive plans at £32k -50k. In the clinic where we are currently undergoing DE ivf, this sum of money covers absolutely everything outside of the plane tickets. They offer transportation, food, accommodation. They offer all things that involve IVF for you if you are using your own eggs, surrogate screening and medical costs, and birth at the hospital for the same cost! It is also the same price if you choose to use donor eggs instead. I believe this is a nice back-up plan to have if sth goes wrong. I’ve never seen this kind of all-inclusive plan anywhere else. In other words with all the services they guarantee you a baby. Even if the first surrogate doesn’t work out, they will try again and again with another using your frozen embryos until they are successful. We have already encountered couples who chose Ukraine purely for the guarantee factor of a baby. Though it may sound strange. (For ex., we have signed the guaranteed package of 5 ivf shots with donor egg for 9900 EUR. In case they fail, they’ll refund all money paid back!!) Also Ukraine seems to be one of the fewest places where the laws favor the intended parents rather than a surrogate. Under Ukrainian law, the baby is yours from the moment of conception. Once the baby is born, the birth certificate is issued with your names.A surrogate can’t claim any rights. Lastly, the procedure in Ukraine is time-wise. Pregnancies usually start right after embryos are create because many women participate in surrogacy there.


I’ve already posted this on some thread, will do it here as well. After investigations done, I’d say Ukraine is just perfect destination for infertility treatments, surrogacy in particular. Firstly, it’s more affordable comparing to the US and the UK options for example. Costs may vary from 32k to 50k comparing to those in the US up to 150k!! On the whole, surrogacy costs will largely depend on two factors. The first is the cost of living in the selected country, which greatly influences the surrogate’s compensation. For example, while surrogates in the Ukraine receive less than half the net pay as American surrogates, their real compensation equals about the same as American surrogates when adjusted for cost of living.The second factor is cost of medical care, which is exceptionally high in the United States but is relatively cheap for the same level of care in clinics overseas. American clinics are often touted as the best worldwide, but success rates at quality IVF clinics in Ukraine or Mexico are similar. Meanwhile the cost of an IVF procedure in the US is about 35k, while overseas the same procedure costs about 6k. For surrogacy programs in Ukraine, payments are usually divided into relatively equal, manageable phases. By managing the pace of the program, future parents can also manage when payments come due.
Most Ukrainian clinics consult with future parents at no charge until they are confident to move forward. It’s the agent’s first task to help you decide if surrogacy is the best solution for you. (As in some cases it may not be.) If an agent attempts to sell you a program without first reviewing your situation in depth and reviewing all opportunities and inherent risks, that should be an immediate red flag!! Remember! The primary role of the clinic is to help you reduce your total surrogacy costs while improving your chance of success. Biotexcom for example invented all-inclusive packages which cover everything outside the plane tickets. (We’re currently passing ivf with donor egg with the clinic). This includes the following ##


So this includes the following:
Professional consultation. Agency fee. When you decide to start the procedure and want to make specific plans for your procedure, the agency fee is due. It is paid only once. (Typical services provided by your agency fee: liaising with the surrogate, the clinic, the egg door agency, and other service providers.) Administration fees for the donor and surrogate. This fee is typically paid when the parents are ready to choose an egg donor or surrogate. The payment covers the cost of evaluating and initially preparing your surrogate. At that time a series of fertility tests, medical evaluations, psychological test, legal background check, and more are performed. Surrogates must pass each step before she is assigned to a couple. Initial clinical start-up fees. It also is a financial commitment to the clinic that you will follow through on the surrogacy procedure. It is due when parents schedule their initial visit to the clinic to leave their sperm sample, or when they engage with the clinic to plan their egg donation. Surrogate compensation. (In the US the local laws often demand that entire surrogate compensation is paid up-front into an escrow account. Payments are then released to the surrogate each month during the pregnancy. In this case there is typically a very large initial payment once the surrogate has been selected and signed. But this is balanced by very small payments made during the pregnancy itself.) In overseas programs the surrogate compensation is typically paid month-by-month during the pregnancy. IVF procedure and embryo transfer: This fee pays for the egg donation, IVF procedure, and first embryo transfer. Different clinics and agencies will treat the cost of medication differently. At Biotexcom a well-managed program includes the cost of the medication in the original budget. (In other cases the cost of meds is added on as an extra expense!!). Prenatal care. In the US payment for prenatal care begins when the surrogate is confirmed pregnant. This pays for the surrogate’s housing and prenatal exams, ultrasounds, and personal oversight (including housekeeping, travel, clothing allowance, etc.) These payments are not refundable, so the cost of prenatal care is generally separated into installments. If for some reason the pregnancy terminates, future installments are not needed, but the intended parents will lose any payments made to that point. Payment can be made every month, or every trimester of the pregnancy. But this is not the question with Ukrainian clinics. Yet one step included into the package price. Delivery and recovery. This payment covers the cost of the delivery of the baby and the post-natal care of the surrogate. In some programs the surrogate’s final compensation is withheld until after the delivery to ensure she continues to be available during the bureaucratic process of apply for citizenship, passports and the return home of the baby. Finally, bureaucracy and the return home. Biotexcom has a greater portion of the paperwork needed to register the baby’s birth and start the process of establishing the baby’s citizenship. That often includes the birth certificate, copies of the surrogacy contract, and hospital records of the birth.
But the most important thing one should be aware of is a country’s legislation. Hope this helps!