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Tips for Traveling with Fertility Medication During the Holidays

December 18, 2018
By REACH Fertility

Undergoing fertility treatment can be stressful at any time of the year, but during the holidays the stress can ramp up to almost unbearable levels. Throw in the stress of travel, and many couples are ready to throw in the towel. Luckily, traveling with fertility medications during an IVF cycle doesn’t have to be stressful. Here, the fertility experts of REACH Fertility Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina provide some key tips on how to travel with fertility medication during the holidays to make your trip as stress-free as possible.

Make Sure to Plan Ahead

Every IVF cycle requires plenty of scheduling and planning. Traveling during an IVF cycle is no different – having a plan of action is key! Make sure to speak with your care team to get anything you’ll need (from monitoring to additional meds) teed up before you go on your trip. Some key things to speak with them about include:

  • Scheduling monitoring appointments with fertility clinics in the place you’ll be traveling. Practices that are part of a large network, like REACH Fertility Clinic, have partner practices all over the country with top notch teams that can monitor you while you’re away.
  • Getting prior authorization from your insurance company for things like blood draws and medication if necessary.
  • Lining up extra medication for your trip if needed.

Get in Touch with Your Airline

Taking a flight to your destination? Make sure to call your airline before you go. Your airline can advise you on protocols surrounding syringes, needles, and medication that needs to be refrigerated. Some airlines may only allow certain packing materials to keep meds cold and may have specific protocols regarding traveling with liquid medications. Reach out to them with plenty of notice so that you can make sure you’ll have all of the information you’ll need well ahead of your trip.

Pack Strategically

When it comes to packing for a trip during a cycle, one thing is key: don’t put your fertility medications in checked luggage. Airlines can lose a checked bag, leaving you without your fertility meds for days, completely throwing off your cycle. Make sure to keep your fertility medications in your carry-on bag so that they are always with you during your trip. Additionally, make sure to pack any other materials you may need, like gauze or alcohol wipes, in your carry-on as well. Finally, make sure to carry the emergency contact information for your clinic and pharmacy on you – just in case.

Keep in Touch with Your Care Team

Remember, your care team at REACH Fertility Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina is here for you every step of the way! If there are any changes during your trip or any of your carefully laid plans go awry, contact us at 888-551-0874 to get connected to your team of fertility experts.

Traveling can be stressful, but with some careful planning and help from your team of fertility experts, it doesn’t have to be more stressful during an IVF cycle. If you have any questions regarding traveling with fertility medications or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us today!