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How to Travel with Fertility Medicine

November 15, 2022

Traveling when you’re in the middle of fertility treatment requires a  little planning and preparation. To make the experience a little less stressful, here are three tips to make traveling with fertility medication easier:  

Plan ahead: If you’re in the middle of an IVF cycle, timing is everything! Traveling during an IVF cycle requires a strict schedule, especially if you’re switching time zones. Before traveling, speak with your care team to make sure you are prepared and have the supplies you need.

Before booking your travel arrangements, speak with your care team to make sure you get everything you’ll need (from monitoring to additional medication) ready to go before you leave town. Some key things to speak to your team about include:

  • Monitoring: If you’re in the middle of your cycle, it’s important to schedule monitoring appointments at a fertility clinic located in your destination. Practices that are part of a large network, like IVF FLORIDA, have partner practices all over the country with qualified fertility teams that can monitor you while you’re out of town.
  • Medication: You may need to obtain prior authorization from your insurance company for things like blood draws and medication if necessary, including refills of extra medication for your trip if needed. 

Be informed: If you’re traveling by plane, contact your airline before your trip to gather important information about traveling with medication. Ask about specific protocols surrounding syringes, needles, and medicine that needs to be refrigerated.

In addition, when you arrive at the airport, speak with the TSA to let them know you are in the middle of fertility treatments and carrying medication and supplies including syringes. You can also request an X-Ray exemption if your doctor informs you that your medication shouldn’t go through the x-ray process. You may need a note, so check with your doctor before you go.

Pack accordingly: Luggage is notorious for getting lost. To avoid unnecessary stress, pack your medication in your carry-on.

If your plans involve a tropical destination, have a cooler or insulated lunch bag with freezer packs on hand to keep your medication at the proper temperature. And be sure to pack your medication in a waterproof case.

To learn more about traveling during fertility treatment, call us at 954-247-6200.

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