Medical Tests You Need To Undergo To Become A Surrogate Mother

The reasons behind opting for surrogacy can vary. But the necessary medical tests that you have to undergo for both your and the baby’s safety is a must! It is essential for the surrogate mother candidate to undergo thorough medical screening before she can be declared capable of carrying someone’s dream and hopes…someone else’s baby!

In fact, if you want to become a surrogate mother and want to work through an agency, a good agency will actually conduct various medical tests on you before they declare you capable and find the ideal intended parent match for you.

Medical Tests for surrogate mothers

At the beginning of the journey…

A medical screening will be performed by an infertility specialist in order to find out evidences of sexually transmitted diseases. The examination will be done through a number of lab and physical tests.

Diseases for which you will be screened at this time are:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • HTLV-1
  • RH factor
Your blood group will also be ascertained at this time.

You will also be screened for certain viruses or infectious diseases that affect both the pregnancy and the unborn child.

A urine drug screening is also performed in order to find out the presence of any prescription drug or any illegal drug which might harm the pregnancy. In the latter case, there are absolutely negligible chances of your being ‘allowed’ to become a surrogate mother.

Irrespective of whether the results of the above mentioned tests give you the green signal… you are also required to undergo these:

Tests to Become a Surrogate Mother

  1. Hysteroscopy/HCG: this investigation will determine how clear the passages of your fallopian tubes are and the size of the uterus; they need to be in optimal condition for a smooth conception / transplant of the embryo.
  2. Mock Cycle: it will ‘find’ out how your uterine lining will respond to hormone replacement.
  3. Pap Smear: it points out how healthy your uterus is
  4. Trial Transfer:
    “This procedure consists of a pelvic examination and placement of a tiny catheter inside the uterus to determine the direction and length of the uterine cavity prior to your treatment cycle. This procedure minimizes trauma to the uterine lining during your actual IVF treatment cycle and may enhance pregnancy rates.”
  5. Psychological testing: it tests your will, your determination, and honest impulse…it tests how strong you are mentally to carry on the journey.
However the fear of expenses for performing the tests should not worry you. It will be borne either by the agency or the intended parents.

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