IVF Process Step by Step: Ovarian Stimulation

Step 2: Ovarian Stimulation

OvariesAfter our IVF patients undergo a complete infertility evaluation, including diagnosis and testing, we begin the ovarian stimulation process.

The selection of the proper ovarian stimulation is critical to your chances of IVF success. Too much or too little medication can have a detrimental impact on egg quality.

Here at Coastal Fertility Specialists we individualize your ovarian stimulation protocols based upon numerous factors such as your age, infertility diagnosis, antral follicular count, ovarian reserve hormone testing, and prior treatments.

The ovarian stimulation process

  1. The process starts with ovarian suppression through the use of birth control pills and/or Lupron.
  2. Once ovarian suppression is achieved we then start an ovarian stimulation with recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
  3. The stimulation is monitored through ultrasounds performed every 3 to 4 days along with blood hormone measurements including estradiol and progesterone.
  4. Once the majority of the follicles (pockets of fluid which typically contains eggs) are in the 16 to 20mm size ovulation is triggered with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)
  5. The egg retrieval is performed 35 to 38 hours later.

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Your doctor will discuss the available ovarian stimulation options with you and will answer any questions you may have about medication dosage and side effects. Always contact your doctor if you have any unpleasant or worrisome side effects once ovarian stimulation begins.

Next: Egg Retrieval

Quick Links to the 5 Step IVF Process:

  1. Infertility Diagnosis and Testing
  2. Ovarian Stimulation
  3. Egg Retrieval
  4. Fertilization and Culture
  5. Embryo Transfer