Ovarian Stimulation Protocols

The first step for an In Vitro Fertilization program is stimulation of the ovaries with medication. This is necessary for the development of many follicles and lasts about 12-14 days. The stimulation protocol is chosen based on each couple’s medical history (age, previous attempts, etc). Monitoring is done every 2-3 days with hormone determination & ultrasound examination for the appropriate dose of drugs. When most of the follicles reach 18-20 mm in diameter, the last injection is given, which will result in the final maturation of the oocytes and ovulation.

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