Medical Clearance – Behind The Paper Cover

I went into my medical clearance appointment not knowing what to expect. At all. So I thought other potential surrogates and Intended Parents might benefit from knowing what all is involved in a medical clearance appointment.

The appointment started with a blood draw. I’ve never been bothered by blood draws which is good because I’ll be having several more over the coming year. After a brief wait I discussed the whole process in the new patient area. Unfortunately I discovered there was to be a urinalysis a few minutes too late so I drank about 20 oz of water to resolve the situation fairly quickly.

After the urine sample was placed in the correct box I relaxed in a private waiting area while drinking green tea and resting on a couch. After a short while I was called into an exam room and asked to undress completely and put on a gown with a front closure.

In an exam room I received a Pap, SIS (Saline Infusion Sonohysterography (SIS) or Saline Ultrasound Uterine Scan), and breast exam. The SIS consisted of having 10cc saline put in my uterus through a catheter, then a vaginal ultrasound while the catheter was in place to exam the uterus. Once the exams were complete I was left to re-dress.

I then went to the Doctor’s office to discuss what I should medically¬†expect from the overall surrogate process.

Overall it was a painless process involving various periods of waiting and being examed. Nothing to be afraid of.