Your Guide to Surrogacy Medications
Your Guide To Surrogacy Medications (Surrogate and Intended Parent)
If you’re considering becoming a Gestational Carrier or you just passed your medical screening, it’s very important to understand the purpose of each of the prescribed medications and when to take them.
Note not all clinics use the same protocol and it is based on an individual need. It’s very important to follow the instructions and schedule provided to you by your IVF Clinic.
Fertility Clinics often use Birth Control to regulate the timing of your menses to more easily predict the start time of your cycle.
Estrogen is prescribed to prepare the uterus lining for embryo transfer and comes in many different forms: Patches, Injections, Oral Tabs, and Vaginal Inserts
Progesterone is a synthetic natural hormone that is an intramuscular injection support the llining of the endometrium and to possibly aid in the implantation of the embryo.
Progesterone injections typically begin on Day 15 of your cycle, depending upon the results of a transvaginal ultrasound.
Antibiotics are prescribed to help with the implantation of embryos and to reduce the risk of infection post embryo transfer.
Doxycycline and Cipro as the most common antibiotics prescribed.
Steroids are often prescribed to mildly suppress the immune system to prevent rejection of the embryo after transfer.
Immunosuppressants such as Tacrolimus are prescribed to mildly suppress the immune system to prevent rejection of the embryo after transfer.
To prepare your body to support a healthy pregnancy, Fertility clinics will prescribe a prenatal vitamin up to three months prior to beginning the cycle for embryo transfer
Organizing Your Medications
The amount of medications you receive may overwhelm someone who has never gone through the IVF process before. Between pills, suppositories, vials, needles, alcohol wipes, and a sharps container, there is a lot to keep organized.
Here are a few fun ways to keep your medications organized and out of the way: