Gestational Carrier Success Rates
ART cycles using a gestational carrier are performed if there is a severe uterine problem or if a pregnancy is contraindicated for the intended mother. Examples are women who have had a hysterectomy or irreversible scarring of the uterus. Medical conditions such as severe diabetes may also be a reason for using a gestational carrier. The eggs are obtained from the intended mother or from an egg donor. The success rate for a gestational carrier cycle is largely determined by the quality of eggs available, in addition to a normal uterine evaluation of the gestational carrier.
Table 1: Cycles Using a Gestation Carrier and Intended Parents Own Eggs
|Age Of Intended Parent||Initiated||ER||ET||Avg. ET||Clinical Preg. (%ET)||Ongoing
|< 35||41||39||36||1.9||25 (69%)||18 (46%)||6|
|35-37||31||30||29||2.0||16 (55%)||18 (60%)||2|
|38-40||44||40||37||2.3||20 (54%)||16 (40%)||4|
|> 40||24||21||14||3.3||4 (29%)||4 (19%)||0|
|140||130||116||2.2||65 (56%)||56 (43%)||12|
Table 2: Cycles Using a Gestation Carrier and Donor Eggs
Donor Ages: 21-33
|ET||Clinical Preg. (%ET)||Ongoing (%ET)||Miscarriages|
|97||64 (66%)||55 (56%)||8|
The physicians and nurses at Shady Grove Fertility are experienced at coordinating the details of gestational carrier cycles. We have performed over 300 cycles over the past six years. The information below details the success rates of those cycles.
Looking at the All Age Group line in Table 1, you can see that from 2007-2009, Shady Grove Fertility initiated 140 gestational carrier cycles using the intended parent eggs. Of the 140, 130 cycles had eggs retrieved, and 116 of those had embryos transferred to the gestational carrier. The average gestational carrier had 2.2 embryos transferred. 65 gestational carriers acheived a clinical pregnancy, 56 of which had live births/ongoing pregancies (past 20 weeks gestation).