Your fertility team must have a proven history of precision fertility medication administration for your IVF cycle to be successful. Look: Timing is of the essence when it comes to the administration of fertility medications during every infertility treatment cycle – especially IVF. Your fertility doctor must have the specialization to know when your fertility medication regimens must be adjusted for an optimum outcome.
- Increased – or –
- Decreased – or –
Fertility Medications and the Mini-IVF™
- Minimal Stimulation IVF
- Gentle Stimulation IVF
Because less medication is used during a Mini-IVF™ cycle, women may not experience extreme swelling/bloating, night sweats, and weight gain as they do during a Conventional IVF.
Mini-IVF™ vs. Conventional IVF
- It’s very similar to IVF but you’re not stimulating the ovaries too much with high doses of medication. – Dr. Merhi Fox News
- There is this feeling that high doses of shots can be detrimental to the quality of eggs. – Merhi Fox News
The Mini-IVF™ is an option for women who may respond better to lower doses of fertility medication. This protocol may help women produce higher quality eggs for in vitro fertilization. Pregnancy success rates for Mini-IVF™ are comparable to Conventional IVF without the high cost.
Strategic Administration of Fertility Medications
The fertility specialist at New Hope Fertility Center have decades of combined education, training, and clinical experience to precisely determine how a fertility medication protocol must be administered for success. As a patient who is committed to investing your time and resources into getting pregnant, you must become well-informed about fertility medications. It can’t be emphasized enough. Every fertility drug is specifically designed for strategic administration during a woman’s IVF cycle. These medications are a very important component of the IVF cycle process and are determinative of pregnancy success.
That’s not all
Our standard of care encompasses the detailed explanation of the important role of fertility medications:
- Prepare the patient’s body for treatment
- Control the patient’s natural ovulation function
Customized IVF Care
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately prescribe and regulate the fertility medications prescribed as part of your infertility treatment cycle.
- Timed Intercourse with medical assistance
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Conventional IVF
- Natural Cycle IVF™
- Needle-Free IVF
Common IVF Fertility Medications
Fertility medications commonly used during IVF cycles:
- Lupron® is the trade name for an injectable leuprolide acetate used to prevent premature ovulation. Lupron® gives the patient’s body the opportunity to produce a higher number of quality eggs during the IVF cycle. Lupron® essentially switches off the pituitary gland in terms of its ability to produce follicle stimulating hormones and luteinizing hormones. Brand name Ganirelix may be used instead.
- Gonadotropins are follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injections. Brand names including Bravelle®, Follistim®, Menopur®, and Gonal-F®, stimulate the follicles that contain the eggs during the stimulation phase of the IVF cycle.
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are injections used during ovarian stimulation to trigger the maturation of the eggs and prepare them for retrieval. These hCG injections simulate the effects that an increase in luteinizing hormone would have in a woman going through natural ovulation. Lupron can also be used with certain stimulation protocols.
- Progesterone thickens a woman’s uterine lining to sustain a pregnancy when embryo implantation occurs. During IVF, a woman’s body generally does not produce enough progesterone to create a sufficiently thick uterine lining to support early embryo implantation. In this case, progesterone in various forms can be administered to augment the body’s natural supply until the placenta is able to produce adequate amounts.
Timed Intercourse and IUI Fertility Medications
When a couple is experiencing unexplained infertility despite normal reproductive health, medically supervised timed intercourse or IUI are usually recommended to increase the chances of pregnancy. IUI is the best and lowest cost approach to becoming pregnant when timed intercourse at home fails.
Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) vs. Femara (Letrozole)
The fertility drug clomiphene citrate – brand named Clomid – is an oral medication used to stimulate a woman’s monthly egg production and increase her chances of pregnancy. Ovulation of multiple eggs is timed with the insemination of a concentrated amount of sperm into the uterus via a woman’s cervix – similar to a Pap smear.
A 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine tested and compared two common fertility drugs stimulating multiple egg production – Clomid v. Femara. Clomid achieved a birth rate of 23 percent, while Femara (generic Letrozole – an aromatase inhibitor) only 18 percent. The study found that Letrozole offered no advantages over Clomid treatment and increased the chance of multiple pregnancy by up to four times. The researchers concluded that Clomid is the most effective medication for stimulating ovaries and increasing the chances of a healthy pregnancy for couples with unexplained infertility.
Proven Fertility Medication Administration Expertise
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized IVF treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.