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Surrogacy - health risks

The Private Healthcare UK guide to infertility treatment contains articles on infertility and IVF treatment which are aimed at improving your knowledge of treatments for infertility, their benefits and potential risks.


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The risk of transmitting infections such as HIV or hepatitis is greatly reduced by full screening of the intended parents.  Sperm or embryos are stored in quarantine whilst repeat tests are carried out.  The surrogate mother is also required to undergo screening test.


Screening tests for the surrogate and intended mother and father


Intended mother

Intended father

Surrogate mother

HIV – repeated 6-monthly

Hepatitis B & C –6-monthly



High vaginal swab


HIV – repeated 6-monthly

HepatitisB & C - 6- monthly


Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Rubella screening



High vaginal swab


Replacing more than one embryo into the surrogate mother’s uterus increases the risk of multiple pregnancies to about 20%.  This carries associated risks for both mother and babies, such as premature delivery and a possible operative delivery.


The usual risks of pregnancy include ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and possible post-natal depression.


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