Ovarian stimulation and monitoring is the first step of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process leading to multiple egg availability at the retrieval step. Retrieving more than one egg allows for multiple embryos, which offers patients optimal efficiency during their IVF treatment.
Ovarian Stimulation Medications
Ovulation induction medications (FSH, LH and HCG) coax the ovaries to produce more than one egg to the point of maturity. Hormone levels reach much higher than normal values. This may cause side effects, so we carefully monitor your response to these medications.
Monitoring During Ovarian Stimulation
This monitoring also allows your physician to determine when the eggs are ready for the next stage, oocyte (egg) retrieval. This includes frequent blood drawing for hormone level monitoring and use of transvaginal ultrasound to track follicular growth. This monitoring is performed as frequently as every other day for three to five visits, until egg retrieval takes place.
Risks of Ovarian Stimulation
Ovarian stimulation isn't risk free. Careful monitoring and adherence to the provider's instructions and recommendations are key to the safety and success of IVF treatment.
Our specialists will carefully review with each couple their risk of IVF treatment.