Questions to ask When Choosing an IVF Clinic for Surrogacy

Many gay men and single men need the support of a surrogate to have a baby. If you opt to work with a gestational carrier and egg donor, you may opt to find an IVF clinic which recruits donors and surroages in house, or opt to work with a surrogacy agency in conjunction with your clinic.

When you are considering your choice of an IVF clinic, there are a couple of questions you should ask to help aid your decision:

  • In what year was your clinic established?
  • Can I have a surrogacy procedure legally performed at your clinic, or do I have to travel to another state? If so, do you have satellite locations available?
  • Do you offer both egg donation and surrogacy on site? If not, can you recommend a donor agency and/or surrogacy agency experienced in working with the LGBTQ community?
  • Can you recommend an assisted reproduction attorney who is well versed in surrogacy and family law for the LGBTQ community?
  • If I identify an assisted reproduction attorney and/or a donor/surrogacy agency that I wish to work with, will you accommodate my choice?
  • What is your success rate for this procedure?
  • What if it doesn’t work the first time? What are my options and costs for subsequent attempts?
  • What medical tests will I need to have done prior to providing a semen sample?
  • How can I assure the health and well-being of our gestational carrier and egg donor throughout this process?
  • Are you registered with the Food and Drug Administration as a Human Cell and Tissue Establishment?
  • Are you a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)? Do you follow ASRM guidelines on protocols concerning number of embryos transferred?
  • How do we become matched with a surrogate/donor through your program?
  • What are your fees?
  • Can I make a payment plan arrangment, or other type of financial arrangement?

Building your family with the help of a gestational surrogate and an egg donor can be complicated, and expensive. By asking the right questions up front, you can go a long way towards streamlining the process, and reducing your out-of-pocket costs, as well.