There are quite a few medications involved for a gestational carrier cycle. When pregnancy occurs naturally, the body produces a number of hormones that prepare the uterus for pregnancy, and help the embryo grow and develop. For a surrogate to have a successful IVF transfer, the process is recreated using the medications listed below.
Doxycycline – this is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. This drug may be prescribed early in your journey to prevent or treat any existing infections. This medicine is generally taken orally; possibly before and after the transfer.
Estrogen – the ovary produces this hormone during a natural cycle. It thickens the lining of the uterus, which is extremely important for a successful transfer. This medication is usually administered by mouth or in a form of a patch. You begin this medicine before the transfer and usually continue throughout the first trimester.
Progesterone – this hormone is also produced by the ovaries but after ovulation. This medicine works alongside the estrogen medication, to prepare the uterus for the embryo to implant. This medicine is administered through intramuscular injections.
Prenatal Vitamins – doctors encourage surrogates to begin prenatal vitamins before the transfer and throughout the pregnancy. These vitamins make certain that surrogate and baby are getting adequate nutrients and also promote healthy development for the baby.
Each gestational carrier responds to these medicines differently so individual protocols vary. Always consult your doctor regarding questions, side effects or administration of these medications. A healthy diet and low impact to moderate exercise, is also extremely important to maintain a healthy and happy journey.
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