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Understanding IVF Medications: A Guide for Surrogates

Understanding IVF Medications: A Guide for Surrogates

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Always consult your medical care providers for specific medication and medical instructions .

As a surrogate, navigating the world of IVF medications can feel overwhelming. These medications are crucial for preparing your body for the surrogacy journey and ensuring the best possible environment for embryo implantation and pregnancy. This guide will help you understand the role of these medications, what to expect, and how to manage them effectively.

(Here's a podcast of ours that discusses IVF Medications & Injections!)

Why IVF Medications Are Important

IVF medications play a vital role in the surrogacy process. They help to:

  1. Prepare the Uterus: Medications ensure your uterine lining is thick enough to support embryo implantation.
  2. Regulate Hormones: They balance your hormone levels to mimic the natural pregnancy environment.
  3. Support Early Pregnancy: These medications help maintain the pregnancy until the placenta takes over hormone production.

Common IVF Medications

Here are some of the most commonly prescribed medications for surrogates:

1. Estrogen

Purpose: Estrogen helps thicken the uterine lining, making it receptive to the embryo.

Form: Available as oral tablets, patches, or injections.

Tips: Follow your doctor's instructions precisely and keep track of your dosage schedule.

2. Progesterone

Purpose: Progesterone supports the uterine lining and helps maintain early pregnancy.

Form: Available as injections, vaginal suppositories, or oral capsules.

Tips: If using injections, rotate injection sites to avoid soreness and consult your healthcare provider if you experience significant discomfort.

3. Lupron (Leuprolide Acetate)

Purpose: Lupron suppresses natural ovulation.

Form: Administered via injection.

Tips: Use a calendar or app to track your injection schedule and set reminders.


Managing Side Effects

While IVF medications are essential, they can come with side effects. Here’s how to manage some common ones:

  1. Bloating and Weight Gain: Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated. Light exercise, like walking, can also help.
  2. Mood Swings: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or gentle yoga.
  3. Fatigue: Ensure you get plenty of rest and listen to your body’s needs.
  4. Injection Site Reactions: Apply a warm compress to the injection site before and after to reduce discomfort.

Staying Organized

Keeping track of your medications is crucial. Here are some tips to stay organized:

  1. Use a Medication Calendar: Mark each dose on a calendar to ensure you don’t miss any.
  2. Set Reminders: Use your phone’s alarm or a medication reminder app.
  3. Prepare Ahead: Gather all necessary supplies before your injection or dose time.
  4. Keep a Journal: Note any side effects or concerns to discuss with your healthcare provider.

(Here's a podcast of ours that discusses IVF Medications & Injections!)

Support from Surrogacy Mentor

At Surrogacy Mentor, we understand the importance of support and guidance during your surrogacy journey. We offer:

  • Personalized Guidance: Our experienced team is here to answer any questions you have about your medications and provide step-by-step instructions.
  • Educational Resources: Workshops, webinars, and informational materials to help you understand every aspect of your medication regimen.


Understanding and managing IVF medications is a key part of your surrogacy journey. By knowing their purposes, how to manage side effects, and staying organized, you can navigate this process with confidence. Remember, the team at Surrogacy Mentor is here to support you every step of the way, providing guidance and resources to ensure a smooth and successful journey.