Saturday, February 23, 2019

Making sense of your IVF medicines

The superovulation protocol we use for IVF patients depends on two things.

One is the patient herself. For  example, what her ovarian reserve is , as judged by her age, antral follicle count, AMH level; and her historical response to previous IVF cycles.

The second variable is how many follicles we want you to grow. For example, if we want lots of follicles, we use a standard protocol, or an aggressive protocol, so we get lots of follicles . This allows us to collects lots of eggs, and this allows us to form many embryos , which we can then freeze and store.

On the other hand, if we don't want too many follicles ( for example, if we are worried about the risk of OHSS - ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) , then we will use a minimal stimulation protocol so that we get only few eggs, and few embryos. Hopefully, these few ones will be the top quality ones.

This is a decision we make in partnership with our patients .

 If you understand your options, and can figure out what we're doing and why it, you'll be in a better position to be able to have an intelligent discussion with your doctor !

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