How do monitoring appointments work?

Monitoring appointments are an essential aspect of the pre-transfer process for surrogates. They help the IVF clinics determine if your body is responding well to the medication and protocols in place. If any adjustments are needed, they will be made accordingly based on the results of these appointments. Typically, these appointments are conducted at an outside location closer to the surrogate’s home and not at the intended parent’s clinic.

Typically, a monitoring appointment involves two components. First, lab work is conducted to check the presence of specific hormones in the blood, like estrogen and progesterone levels. Secondly, ultrasounds are conducted to check the thickness of the uterus, any cysts developing, and ovulation. The goal is to create an ideal lining to optimize the chances of a successful embryo transfer. 

The number of monitoring appointments required may vary based on various factors. However, typically, women can expect to attend 2-5 appointments. It is crucial that the outside facility is able to provide the results on the same day to the clinics to enable them to modify medication protocols.

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