Unlike becoming pregnant on your own, having a baby through surrogacy requires medication. We have developed our protocols with the leading fertility clinics to receive the best care possible. Below, we list out the most used medications. When you are screened by your intended parents’ clinic, you can ask questions and share any concerns. We will support you with education every step of the way.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills prevent conception (of a biological child) and regulate menstrual cycle prior to an embryo transfer.
Vary depending on type of pill. Spotting, nausea, weight gain, mood changes.
Lupron prevents the usual hormone exchange that causes follicle production and ovulation by suppressing pituitary stimulation to the ovaries.
Headache, fatigue, hot flashes.
Low Dose Aspirin
Aspirin assists with cycle stimulation and impending embryonic implantation.
Upset stomach, heartburn, easy bruising or bleeding.
Vivelle Patches (estradiol)
Estrogen is a hormone that helps grow the lining of the uterus, which maintains an early pregnancy.
Skin redness, irritation or rash, nausea, fluid retention.
Estrogen is a hormone that helps grow the lining of the uterus which maintains an early pregnancy.
Bloating, mild nausea, or breast tenderness.
Progesterone is the hormone necessary for the preparation of the uterine lining for the implantation of the embryo and the maintenance of early pregnancy.
Breast tenderness, injection site tenderness, vaginal discharge and dizziness.
Medrol is a low-dose steroid pill to suppress the autoimmune system from interfering with embryo implantation.
Doxycycline is a pre-cycle antibiotic that prevents any possible low-grade pelvic infection.
None, but varies per individual.
Disclaimer: These are the medications that are typically used throughout a surrogacy cycle. Your journey may or may not require all of them. The physicians managing your journey will determine your protocol.
ConceiveAbilities® would like to acknowledge Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Angeline Beltsos M.D., for her care and consideration in providing this information on surrogate medications. Dr. Beltsos has served as the Medical Director of Fertility Centers of Illinois, SC IVF-River North.
Surrogacy is a serious responsibility. By agreeing to become a surrogate mother, you are offering to give your time, your energy, and your own body. The decision to help someone less fortunate than yourself begin a family attests to your personal compassion, to your sense of dignity, and to your deep and abiding generosity.
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Unlike other countries such as England, the majority of surrogacy matches in the United States are paid arrangements. That is to say, most US surrogates receive compensation for the very valuable service they provide. Although payment amounts among independent matches vary greatly and are hard to speculate, the majority of the reputable surrogacy agencies offer women interested in becoming a surrogate mother a package valued between $24,000 to $45,000.