What to Expect at the Medical Screening

If you are considering becoming a gestational carrier, you should be aware that the process  involves thorough testing and screening. As part of the process, you will need to undergo a medical screening at the Intended Parent’s clinic. This appointment can take an entire day  as the clinic staff will need to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo the process safely.  While the specific requirements will vary depending on the clinic, there are some basic tests and evaluations that you can expect to undergo.

Lab Work

Both the gestational carrier and their partner/spouse will need to undergo lab work. This will check for infectious diseases, hormone levels, STD’s, nicotine, drug, and alcohol. If your partner is not required to be at the clinic for the medical screening, they may be allowed to have the lab work done locally.

Uterine Evaluation

As part of your medical examination, you will undergo an ultrasound to evaluate the condition of your ovaries and uterus. In addition, a sonohysterogram, which involves the insertion of a small catheter into the uterus and injecting saline, may be performed to detect any polyps or fibroids.

Meeting with Physician and Nurse

You will have the chance to talk with a group of professionals, including nurses, doctors and therapists and ask any questions you have. They may also ask you about your medical history and pregnancies. The professionals will explain the treatment plan and the medications involved.

Physical Exam

You can expect to undergo a standard physical examination that often includes a breast exam and sometimes a pap smear. You will also have your height, weight, blood pressure and vitals checked along with them listening to your heart and lungs. 

Results

All gestational carriers must undergo medical screenings as a crucial step in the process. The clinic will contact you within 10-14 days after the screening with your results. If you are approved, you can proceed with legal contracts and medication.

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