October 3, 2019

Surrogate Embryo Transfer: Subtleties


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Indications for surrogacy in Ukraine are regulated by Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. 787 from 09.09.2013.

Indications for surrogacy in Ukraine are regulated by Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. 787 from 09.09.2013. The order lists the reasons for the procedure for a childless couple. These include all sorts of pathologies of the female genital organs, physiology, health status, as well as more than 4 failed IVF attempts. In any case, whatever the diagnosis, the family’s unsatisfied desire to have a child is a great tragedy. And only a woman who knows the joy of motherhood can understand this. Therefore, compassion is the main motive making Ukrainians participate in programs of surrogate embryo transfer offered by international IVF clinics in Europe.

It will be legal if a surrogate mother becomes a citizen of both Ukraine and another state. In this case, she just needs to present additional documents translated into Ukrainian and notarized. Often, foreigners use this right, since the laws in Ukraine are much more protective for surrogate mothers than in any other country, including Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and other popular surrogacy destinations.

What Cannot Be Done after Embryo Transfer?
The surrogate embryo transfer procedure is the final stage of such a crucial path as an IVF international protocol. Embryo transfer to surrogate mother implies that in 4 days it will be implanted in the uterine and continue to develop there (in case of blastocyst implantation – in 2 days). That is why it is recommended for a surrogate mother to remain at bed rest during the first few days after the procedure to give the embryo the opportunity to gain a foothold in the uterus. However, starting from the fourth day the surrogate mother can return to her usual way of life, with the exception of some things that she can’t do:
  • lift something heavier than 2 kg (otherwise, there is a high risk of miscarriage)
  • run and jump
  • have sex before the expected date of her next menstruation
  • go to a steam bath or take hot baths
  • spend a long time in hot or cold rooms
  • take medication without her doctor permission
  • expose herself to stress and serious emotional experiences
Embryo Transfer Results
Within 2 weeks of the transfer, an hCG test will show whether the woman is pregnant or not. A positive result means that the embryo is fixed, and the pregnancy is developing. However, in any case, she will need to come for an ultrasound scan within 3 weeks after the transfer (one week after the test). The ultrasound investigation will reveal the location of the fetus to exclude an ectopic pregnancy.

Even if hCG is low, the woman needs to repeat the test in a few days to know for sure. If the attempt was unsuccessful, she can repeat it after 3 menstrual cycles. 
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