Surrogacy medications are prescribed on a case-by-case basis. Your specific gestational surrogacy medications will depend on things like:

  • Your medical history
  • Your specific checkups, monitoring results and pregnancy progress
  • Your fertility clinic and physician
  • And more

While the exact medications (and surrogacy medication timeline) for your process will be up to your clinic and OB/GYN, there are some very common surrogacy medications that you should be aware of if you are considering becoming a surrogate.

The Most Common Gestational Surrogacy Medications

While every surrogacy process is unique, below are the most common surrogacy medications that you can expect to take at some point.


The fertility clinic needs to be completely on top of your cycle in order to successfully plan the embryo transfer. That’s why you will need to take birth control pills as a surrogacy medication in accordance with the guidance from your clinic.


Practically all surrogacy medication timelines include estrogen. This can be taken as a pill, applied with a patch, or given via injections. Your specific timing, dose and delivery method will be determined by your clinic.


This surrogacy medication helps to regulate your cycle and prevent premature ovulation. It is often deployed in tandem with birth control pills to help the clinic stay on top of your cycle. Lupron is given via injection.


Just before the transfer, you will most likely need to take an injection of progestogen, which aids in preparing the uterine lining for the implantation of the embryo. This injection does involve a larger needle and is delivered intramuscularly, which means it may be a bit more painful.


You may or may not be prescribed antibiotics by your clinic before the embryo transfer. Some clinics prefer this prescription to ensure that your body is clear of all infections prior to the transfer.


Some surrogacy medication timelines will include Medrol, which is a low-dose steroid that some fertility clinics use to improve the chances of a successful embryo transfer.


Taking low-dose aspirin is a common practice before and during pregnancy. Depending on the clinic you work with, you may be prescribed a daily dose as a part of your gestational surrogacy medication regiment in order to increase the chances of a successful transfer.


Like any other woman preparing to become pregnant, it’s important to take care of your body with prenatal vitamins taken before and after the embryo transfer. Check with your clinic to see if there is a specific brand that they recommend.

Some or all of the medications listed above, as well as several others, could be a part of your prescribed surrogacy medications. Your fertility clinic will give you a surrogacy medication timeline, sometimes called a protocol, and it is vital that you follow that timeline exactly. You will be given detailed instructions — down to the exact time of day — for when to take your medications.

Interested in learning more about surrogacy at Hellobaby Surrogacy? Check out our parents page for information about becoming a parent through surrogacy or our surrogate page to learn about becoming a surrogate! You can also follow along on our Facebook and Twitter as we share updates, resources, and client stories daily!

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