An overview of the surrogate medical screening process
To make sure a woman is an excellent candidate, potential surrogates at our US surrogacy agency undergo surrogate medical screening. This screening helps the team at the Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP) confirm that surrogacy is safe for the woman. It also helps us determine whether she will be able to carry a pregnancy to full term.
Exploring the surrogate medical screening process
CSP requires a series of medical records and evaluations when considering a woman as a gestational surrogate.
- Prenatal and delivery records from all previous pregnancies. When you get matched with hopeful parents, their fertility doctor will want to have these records as soon as possible. We request these records during the application process to prevent delays.
- Medical evaluation form with initial paperwork. This document is an important component of your surrogate medical screening. It confirms that your personal doctor has cleared you to become pregnant again.
- Date your menstrual cycle started. We will have you note the first day of your last period. The IVF nurses at the fertility clinic will need this information as they decide when you, and in some cases, the hopeful mother will begin certain medications.
- Results from a current Pap smear. These results must be negative or within normal limits (WNL). If your most recent Pap smear was abnormal, we’ll need documentation of follow-up care, which might consist of a colposcopy, LEEP or a doctor’s note.
- Blood and urine screening. Our US surrogacy agency will provide you and your partner with lab orders to take to a local lab for social disease testing. This will include testing for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, CMV, GC and chlamydia. You will also receive screening for drugs and nicotine.
After we receive your records and test results, we will forward them to the fertility clinic for review. If there are no concerns, they will schedule the next phase of your surrogate medical screening.
Additional testing for surrogates
During your initial appointment at the fertility clinic, the physician may request additional blood tests. In addition, the doctor might do an ultrasound or an exam to check for fibroids, polyps or scar tissue. If all looks good, you will receive medical clearance to take the next steps as a surrogate.
The team at our US surrogacy agency is honored to support you through this rewarding process. Contact us for more information about surrogate medical screening.
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