- Jenn Wimberly
Mock Cycle & Medications: A Walkthrough for First-time Surrogates
Updated: Oct 6, 2022
Most first-time surrogates do not realize what is involved in actually getting pregnant for their intended parents. It can be confusing and even a little scary if you don't have the right information and support from the beginning. To help understand the process, we have answered the most important questions asked about this process.
𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝙸 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐? A typical medication protocol involves 10 days of birth control pills, estrogen, progesterone, 81mg of baby aspirin, Medrol and Doxycycline. You will receive a calendar from the fertility clinic with your personal medication calendar, so your medication could be different from this list here.
𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚌𝚢𝚌𝚕𝚎?
The cycling phase is the actual IVF cycle itself. The IVF center will have full management of this phase. They will provide the instructions and information to the intended parents, surrogate, and us as the agency.
As the agency, we will help ensure you have complete understanding of what is required to do. If you ever have questions, you will have our personal cell phone. We never want you to stop or confuse the medication protocol given. It is VERY important you follow Doctors instructions!
The usual IVF cycle is completed in 3-6 weeks time. You will have a calendar with all information, dates of appointments during the cycle and transfer date to be able to notify work, arrange childcare, etc.
𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚏𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔? The embryo transfer itself is very quick and painless. It is performed like a pap and will use a small catheter under ultrasound to help guide the embryo directly into the uterine cavity for implantation. You will be asked to take it easy for approximately 24-48 hours afterwards to ensure the embryo has the best chance of implantation.
The next exciting step is waiting for a positive pregnancy test!
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