Prescription Medications Involved In IVF
The in vitro fertilization process typically comprises of five stages for most couples. The first stage involves fertility medications. Women are prescribed medications to stimulate egg production. These self-administered injections contain gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH), also known as the folic stimulating hormone (FSH) are given daily. In some cases, a luteinizing hormone is also given. These drugs stimulate the ovaries to release more eggs than usual. Many eggs are necessary for the IVF process since not all will fully develop or fertilize after retrieval. During this stage, ultrasounds are done to check the ovaries and blood tests are done to check hormone levels. A third round of GnRH medications is injected to suppress ovulation. Female patients or their partners help to administer these injections for approximately 10 days.