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IVF Meds; A Simplified Approach

IVF medications
Injectable medications for IVF sound alike, look alike, and can be very confusing! We are here to help at every step of the process.
 
You will have a full discussion of the medications with Dr. Moomjy, and you will have a full teaching session with her nurse, Diana.  Additionally, there are medication teaching videos via the link on this website. And finally, should you have any question about a medication that you need to take, you are encouraged to call the office, even if it is after hours, to have a clarification so that you may do your injection with perfection!
 
Here we list the medications used for priming, followed by the IVF medications used for the 10 to 15 days of ovarian stimulation to prepare a group of eggs for the actual egg retrieval day.
 

Medication Protocol

Priming medications prior to the start of IVF/Egg Freeze Cycle:

1. Minivelle 0.1mg (Estrogen Patch)

2. Endometrin 100mg (Progesterone Capsule Inserts)

3. Ganirelix/Cetrotide 250mcg (Subcutaneous Injection)

After you have successfully primed your ovaries with the medications stated above, you will then be scheduled for a baseline appointment; typically right before the start of menses or on Day 1 or 2 of menses. This appointment consists of an ultrasound and bloodwork that will confirm the start of the IVF/Egg freeze cycle. If criteria of the ultrasound and bloodwork are met, you will start the injectables the day of your baseline appointment. IF your baseline is day 2 of menses, bring your Menopur with you to the visit.

Injections for the IVF/Egg Freeze Cycle:

1. Menopur 75 IU (SubQ Injection)

2. Follistim/ Gonal F 900unit (SubQ Injection)

3. Ganirelix/ Cetrotide 250mg (SubQ Injection)

4. Ovidrel 250mcg (SubQ Injection)

Author
Maureen O'Brien Moomjy, MD, FACOG

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