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Surrogacy can be a rewarding pathway to parenthood where a surrogate mother agrees to carry and give birth to a child for another person or couple. Success rates in surrogacy refer to the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. These rates can vary based on many factors. 

This introduction to surrogacy success rates is tailored to a diverse audience, including couples facing fertility challenges, single intended parents, and LGBTQ+ couples, and outlines the key phases of surrogacy related to success rates. 

We’ll take a closer look at surrogacy success rates, as well as explore how intended parents and surrogates can navigate the medical, legal, and emotional aspects of surrogacy, ensuring a supportive journey toward parenthood.

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Surrogacy Success Rate Statistics

Embryo transfer is a vital part of surrogacy using IVF (in vitro fertilization). 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fertility clinics in the U.S. reported approximately 238,126 patients undergoing 413,776 cycles in 2021, with a notable success rate leading to 91,906 live births. 

These statistics reveal the growing reliance on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including surrogacy, emphasizing its increasing success and prevalence in family planning​.

The embryo transfer success rate is a valuable insight for intended parents and surrogates alike, but it’s just one element in a complex process.

Understanding the Variables Affecting Surrogacy Rates

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Successful surrogacy also hinges on the surrogate’s health, thorough legal agreements, the quality of embryos and emotional support for all parties involved, among other factors. 

Here are variables that can impact surrogacy success rates:

  • Egg Donor Age: The egg donor’s age significantly affects the success of surrogacy. Typically, younger donors in their 20s are preferred, as egg quality declines with age. However, the surrogate’s age (up to early 40s) is less critical.
  • Sperm Quality: High-quality sperm, ideally from a healthy, nonsmoking donor, is fundamental for a successful surrogacy outcome.
  • Strategic Choices for Maximizing Success: Utilizing young donor eggs and a surrogate with a proven history of healthy pregnancies enhances success rates, especially when combined with pre-genetic testing (PGT) to ensure the transfer of congenitally normal embryos.
  • Surrogate Pre-Screening: Rigorous medical and psychological screening of surrogates is paramount. Agencies like Joy of Life play a vital role in ensuring surrogates meet specific criteria for a successful surrogacy journey.
  • Surrogacy Team Collaboration and Expertise: The success of surrogacy also hinges on the expertise and collaboration of a well-established surrogacy team, providing comprehensive support throughout the journey.
  • Surrogate Nutrition: A surrogate’s nutrition is essential for the health of both the surrogate and the developing child, requiring close collaboration with healthcare professionals.
  • Choosing a Suitable Surrogate: Optimal surrogate candidates are generally between 21 and 40 years old, are in good physical health and have a history of carrying pregnancies to term.
  • Environmental Influence: Environmental factors, such as exposure to tobacco smoke or air pollution, can impact surrogacy outcomes, necessitating measures to minimize these risks.

Increasing the Probability of a Successful Surrogacy Journey

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Genetic testing of the embryo and selecting pre-screen surrogates are two ways to improve the likelihood of a successful surrogacy.

Embryo Genetic Testing

Embryo genetic testing is a pivotal step in the surrogacy process, involving the screening of embryos for potential genetic mutations and chromosomal abnormalities. This testing is crucial as it significantly reduces the risk of health complications in the baby and enhances the overall success rates of surrogacy. By identifying and selecting genetically healthy embryos, intended parents can feel more assured about the health and the success rate of embryo transfer.

Selecting Pre-Screened Surrogates

Choosing a surrogate involves more than just a willingness to carry a pregnancy. It’s essential to select surrogates who have undergone comprehensive medical and psychological evaluations. These screenings ensure that the surrogate is not only physically capable of carrying a healthy pregnancy but also emotionally prepared for the demands and nuances of the surrogacy journey.

Begin Your Surrogacy Journey

At Joy of Life, we understand the surrogacy process inside and out. Our team includes past surrogates and intended parents themselves, and we’re well-versed in surrogacy’s clinical, psychological, and legal facets. We not only provide competitive compensation and support to our surrogate mothers but also offer comprehensive assistance to our intended parents. 

If you have questions or are ready to take the next step in your surrogacy journey, whether as a surrogate or an intended parent, contact us today


Joy Millan

Author Joy Millan

I’m Joy, the founder and CEO of Joy of Life. With a professional background as a fertility clinician, I’ve spent thousands of hours working with surrogates and intended parents alike. As a mother of two, I often wished for more support and a deeper commitment to care for those embarking on non-traditional family-building journeys. This is why I established Joy of Life: to create a more robust, compassionate experience in parenthood for both parties involved with surrogacy. In 2021, I stepped back from daily operations at Joy of Life to fight cancer. Fortunately, the combined 20 years of experience from our incredible team has allowed me to focus on my health & recovery. I continue to provide company guidance and serve as the head liaison for our network of doctors, clinicians and caregivers.

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