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Gestational Surrogacy Medications

Learn more about surrogate medications.

The medications involved in a gestational surrogacy cycle are listed below. We will answer any questions you may have and will walk you through all of the medications and their possible side effects. Please note that each surrogate responds differently to her individual protocol; some surrogates will experience no side effects at all. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the fertility clinic’s specific protocol with your IVF nurse at your medical evaluation appointment.

DOXYCYCLINE

Use: Doxycycline is a pre-cycle antibiotic that prevents any possible low-grade pelvic infection.

Side Effects: None, but varies per individual.

Administration: Oral tablet.

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Doxycycline

LUPRON (leuprolide acetate)

Use: Lupron prevents the usual hormone exchange that causes follicle production and ovulation by suppressing the pituitary stimulation to the ovaries.

Side effects: Headache, fatigue, hot flashes.

Administration: Lupron is an injection given subcutaneously (in the fatty tissue) by a ½ inch needle under the skin.

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Lupron

LOW DOSE ASPIRIN

Use: Aspirin assists with cycle stimulation and impending embryonic implantation. This medication will continue until 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Side effects: Upset stomach, heartburn, easy bruising or bleeding.

Administration: Oral tablet.

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Low dose Aspirin

VIVELLE PATCHES (estradiol)

Use: Estrogen is a hormone that helps grow the lining of the uterus which maintains an early pregnancy.

Side effects: Skin redness, irritation or rash, nausea, fluid retention.

Administration: The patch is applied to the skin on the abdomen and the estrogen is absorbed through the skin.

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Vivielle Patches

ESTRACE (estradiol)

Use: Estrogen is a hormone that helps grow the lining of the uterus which maintains an early pregnancy.

Side effects: Bloating, mild nausea, or breast tenderness.

Administration: Oral tablet or vaginal suppository.

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Extrace

PROGESTERONE / PROMETRIUM / ENDOMETRIN

Use: Progesterone is the hormone necessary for the preparation of the uterine lining for the implantation of the embryo and the maintenance of early pregnancy.

Side effects: Breast tenderness, injection site tenderness, vaginal discharge and dizziness.

Administration: Intramuscular injection (into the muscle) or in the form of vaginal suppository.

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Progesterone

TETRACYCLINE

Use: Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic taken orally starting a few days before transfer to help prevent infection from occurring.

Side effects: Minor gastrointestinal upset, sensitivity to sun.

Administration: Oral tablet.

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Tetracycline

MEDROL (methylprednisolone)

Use: Medrol is a low-dose steroid pill to suppress the autoimmune system from interfering with embryo implantation.

Side effects: None.

Administration: Oral tablet.

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Medrol

Questions? Contact ConceiveAbilities

If you have any questions about the surrogacy medications or becoming a surrogate mother, please don't hesitate to contact our office or call 312-379-5705.

Our staff is happy to clarify and discuss any concerns that you may have prior to taking the next step. If you are ready to move forward with our program, please fill out our initial application to get the process started.

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