IVF using a surrogate

Some of our patients can’t carry a child themselves

It might be that surrogacy is your best option for starting your family. If that’s the case, a surrogate chosen by you can receive your embryo during transfer – and if treatment’s successful, she’ll then carry and give birth to your baby. 

Could surrogacy be right for me?

There are all kinds of reasons why you might need treatment with a surrogate. You could be:

  • A male same-sex couple
  • Suffering from a medical condition that leaves you without a functioning womb
  • Suffering from a medical condition that makes pregnancy difficult or unsafe
  • Looking for another option after multiple failed treatments or miscarriages.

When considering a surrogate there’s a lot to think about, and it might not be an easy decision to make. That’s why we’ll be with you every step of the way to talk through your needs, worries, and all the possible implications with dedicated support and counselling sessions.

What is surrogacy and what does using a surrogate involve?

Getting started

Once you’ve been in touch with CARE, our surrogacy coordinator and one of our consultants will begin overseeing your case. Before you do anything else, if surrogacy is something you’re considering you must get legal advice to work through all the legal implications. We’ll also ask you to have counselling with CARE so we can be sure you’re happy with your decision and understand your treatment.

How does surrogacy work?

Finding a surrogate

If you decide you’d like to go ahead, you’ll need to find a surrogate – this can be someone you know, or someone you’ve found through a surrogacy agency. If you’d like us to, we can give you the contact details of some non-profit agencies that could help you find your surrogate; we’ve worked with COTS , Surrogacy UK , and Brilliant Beginnings; ask your surrogacy coordinator about "gestational surrogacy". Once you've found your surrogate mother, it's time for treatment.

Having treatment

To make your embryos you can use the sperm and eggs of you and your partner, or donated sperm and/or donated eggs, as part of IVF or ICSI treatment. It’s really important to remember, though, that finding the right surrogate can take time - so if at the time of your treatment you haven’t managed to find someone, we can take you through your cycle and freeze your embryos to use later.

Embryo transfer

When your embryos and surrogate are both ready we can proceed with embryo transfer – and if treatment’s successful, your gestational surrogate will then carry the pregnancy as your embryo grows.

What is the typical surrogacy cost in IVF?

In the UK, the law states that no payment can be made to a Surrogate. It is perfectly legal though for the Intended Parents to cover all reasonable expenses for their surrogate. Typically, expenses may include loss of earnings, travel or childcare.
Surrogacy UK suggests a cost range for expenses from around £7,000 up to £15,000. However, you must remember that every situation is different, and you may wish to formalise an outline of reasonable expenses with your surrogate before entering into a surrogacy agreement.


Prices are indicative only but include monitoring, egg collection, embryo culture and transfer. Prices do not include drugs or other optional costs - costs typically range from £500–£1,000.
IVF £2,980–£3,660
Elective freeze of embryos  (excluding transfer) £2,950–£3,700