travelling after iui

travelling after iui

Travelling After IUI

Is it Okay to Travel During Fertility Treatment?

So, life doesn’t need to be put on hold because you’re undergoing fertility treatment. Good news! You can still plan that amazing trip, or give your boss the okay for that conference. There are just a few things to consider before you book a flight, and while you’re preparing to leave.

First things first: every fertility center does things a little differently. They have their own schedules and process. It’s important to ask about the scheduling and plan for your treatment, and tell your fertility team that you’re planning to take a trip — before you schedule your plans.

It’s possible that you might need to avoid travel during certain parts of your treatment, especially with IVF. But that said, most doctors can find a way to work around an urgent last-minute work trip, family emergency or opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Some considerations for travel will depend on the type of fertility treatment you’re receiving.

IUI: Travel Before and After

During the month before an IUI, most women can travel as they wish. You’ll want to coordinate scheduling with important monitoring appointments at your fertility clinic, such as sonograms to monitor follicular growth. Traveling with the oral pill Clomid is as easy as taking any other prescription along with you. However, if you’ll be using injectable fertility medications such as hCG to trigger ovulation, those medications often require specific storage temperatures and conditions. Talk to your clinic about how to plan for those.

After an IUI, you are free to travel. Keep in mind you’ll have an appointment for a pregnancy test two weeks after the IUI.

IVF: Travel Before

During the 10-12 days prior to an IVF egg retrieval, it can be difficult to travel. This period of time requires frequent visits (every day or every two days) to your fertility center for in-office monitoring, blood tests, and sonograms to ensure healthy follicle response to stimulation and decide on the most opportune time for triggering ovulation, which increases the likelihood of success in the cycle.

However, there are many reputable fertility centers across the nation. If a trip is desired or necessary during an IVF cycle, as long as the patient is traveling to a place with monitoring capabilities, it would be fine to travel as long as it does not compromise the cycle.

IVF: Travel After Egg Retrieval

It’s just fine to travel the day after the egg retrieval. You probably won’t want to schedule a trip that same day, though. During the egg retrieval procedure, many clinics use anesthesia that can make you feel sleepy or disoriented for a short while. The type of anesthesia can vary between different fertility centers, although most of the symptoms of the anesthesia wear off 2-4 hours after the retrieval.

During a stimulation cycle, your estrogen levels are elevated. This generally causes mild symptoms of abdominal discomfort or abdominal bloating. Neither causes any risk for travel, but keep in mind you may feel uncomfortable sitting in a plane or car for a long period of time. Taking breaks to stand up and walk around, staying hydrated, and wearing compression stockings can help ease the discomfort. If there is concern for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, then informing your provider is recommended as there may be precautions on traveling.

One important thing to keep in mind: even after your eggs have been retrieved, your ovaries will remain enlarged for another 10-12 days. In rare cases, enlarged ovaries can rotate or experience “torsion” that can be painful and could require surgery to correct. To prevent this, be careful making any sudden twisting or jarring movements such as:

. Lifting heavy objects while packing or getting into your vehicle

. Putting your bag in the overhead compartment of the plane

. Retrieving a bag off the baggage claim belt

IVF: Travel After Embryo Transfer

There are old wives tales about plane travel when pregnant, but none of that has been proven. Most doctors are completely okay with their patients traveling after an embryo transfer.

The same as for an IUI procedure (above), expect that you’ll need to be in the office for a pregnancy test approximately 10 to 12 days after the transfer.

It’s common to be worried about doing everything you can to help the embryos “stick”, but data has consistently shown that going back to regular activity immediately has no effect on the rate of pregnancy.

About Iranian Surgery

Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best Fertility specialists in Iran. The price of Fertility Treatments in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.

For more information about the cost of Fertility Treatments in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.


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