The holiday season is in full swing, and that means travel may be in your near future. Shouldn’t be a problem, right? Well, if you’re going through fertility treatments, holiday travel may take on a whole new meaning. No worries! Our fertility experts are sharing some helpful tips to make your trip while undergoing infertility treatment as smooth and stress free as possible.
Talk to Your Doctor…
- The most important conversation you should have before traveling is one with your doctor. Most procedures have a timeline that is based on your cycle, so there will be days when you need to be closely monitored at the fertility clinic. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint these dates and let you know when you should or should not travel.
- Ask your doctor about what medications you’ll need to take and how often they should be administered. It’s important to note, that if you’re traveling to a different time zone, you may need to adjust your administration schedule to prevent your hormones from going out of whack.
- Have your doctor prepare a letter that describes the fertility medications you’ll be traveling with, especially if they need to be administered during a flight.
- In case of an emergency, ask your doctor to provide a list of referrals for other fertility doctors located where you are traveling.
If You’re Flying…
- Contact your airline to get information on their specific rules on traveling with medications and syringes. Policies and procedures vary by airline, so it’s best to know before you go!
- Be pro-active, and let TSA know that you are traveling with medication. By giving them notice, you will avoid unnecessary hassles at security.
- If your medication needs to be refrigerated, use frozen gel packs. The TSA requires gel packs to be frozen solid, not slushy or mushy.
Other Helpful Tips…
- Make sure to take extra accessories for your injections such as additional needle tips, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, etc. Also, plan to bring a sharps container so you can properly dispose your needle tips.
- Keep your medication in a clear, sealable plastic bag so they are easy to see.
- If you’re traveling outside of the United States, check with your fertility specialist before getting any vaccinations (i.e. hepatitis A, typhoid, etc.). There are certain vaccinations that are not recommended for fertility patients.
- Bring copies of your medication administration schedule (Dr. Ketan Patel highly suggests both email and hard copies), the contact information for your pharmacy and local fertility clinic, and your insurance information.
While holiday travel may be stressful if you’re in the middle of fertility treatments like IVF, it’s not a bad idea to get away for some fun, rest, and relaxation. Sometimes it’s just what the body needs! From all of us at the AZARH, we wish you a very happy holiday season and safe travels!