Unlike becoming pregnant on your own, having a baby through surrogacy requires medication. Once you and your intended parents are matched, you will be screened by and work with an IVF clinic on the medication approach that is most appropriate for you. You will, of course, have an opportunity to discuss any questions and concerns you may have with the physicians at that IVF clinic, and we will support you in that education process. Below, we list out one example protocol.
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: This is one example of a medication protocol, however, your journey may or may not follow this example. The IVF clinic working with you and your intended parents, once you are matched, will determine the protocol best for you.
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.
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