Health

Sweet fruit after 13 years of infertility thanks to surrogacy


After several failed attempts at in vitro fertilization, a 41-year-old woman in Dong Nai put aside her wish to become pregnant by herself, sending hope to her husband’s sister.

She and her husband got married 13 years ago with the hope of welcoming their first child soon. After 6 years, she went to the doctor and was diagnosed with very large bilateral endometriosis and endometriosis in the myometrium, heavy fluid retention in both fallopian tubes, requiring assisted reproductive intervention.

She underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove the fallopian tubes and two ovarian cysts at Hung Vuong Hospital (HCMC).

In 2015, she did IVF and was only allowed to transfer embryos once due to a small number of embryos created. Failing the first time, she aspirated the eggs twice more to create embryos. On the third embryo transfer, she became pregnant. Joy was only two months when she miscarried. The doctor advises the couple to choose a surrogacy solution.

After the application process, one of the last two embryos made from your sperm and eggs was transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother – her sister-in-law, born in 1984. The embryo was successfully conceived. The baby gradually has a fetal heart, grows, moves in the uterus of the surrogate mother.

The surrogate mother with gestational diabetes and high blood pressure was hospitalized for treatment in the last months of pregnancy, making her brothers and sisters anxious. Overcoming the obstacles, the baby girl was born healthy last week, after 13 years of expectations of her parents.

“My wife and I are indescribably happy,” she said.

The baby girl was born healthy and beautiful. Photo provided by the hospital.

Associate Professor Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, Director of Hung Vuong Hospital, said that this is the first successful case of surrogacy at the hospital, after being officially allowed by the Ministry of Health to perform surrogacy techniques because humanitarian purposes, from mid-2019.

“This technique opens up new hope for infertile couples with wife-related causes, in cases where the wife is unable to conceive but still has enough eggs to create embryos with the husband’s sperm.” , said Doctor Tuyet.

According to Dr. Tuyet, in terms of surrogacy techniques, reproductive support units can do it. However, there are many social and legal issues related to surrogacy, so the Ministry of Health has very strict and strict regulations in allowing units to perform. Hung Vuong Hospital is the 5th unit in the country and the third in Ho Chi Minh City to be licensed.

Since 2015, Vietnam has allowed surrogacy for humanitarian purposes, indicated in cases where women have no uterus or congenital uterine malformations that cannot become pregnant or have had a hysterectomy. Women with diseases where pregnancy can affect the life of the mother and fetus. People who have had multiple miscarriages, the uterus can’t hold the pregnancy to full term, and have failed many times with assisted reproductive technology.

The surrogate must be a relative, be in the same row as the spouse, have had children, be certified by a medical organization to meet the eligibility requirements, and are only allowed to carry out surrogacy once. If the gestational carrier is married, the husband’s written consent must be obtained.

Le Phuong