If you have determined that you would like to pursue in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, to help you achieve a successful pregnancy, it is important to understand all of the steps involved. Dr. Mark Denker will help keep you informed every step of the way.
The first step in IVF is the retrieval of eggs, or oocytes, from the ovaries. The body normally produces one egg per ovulation cycle. Ideally, the more eggs that are collected and fertilized, the more viable embryos there will be to select from and the greater the chance of conception. For this reason, the ovaries are carefully stimulated prior to harvesting to produce more eggs than usual.
This process is known as superovulation and special medications are used. Through the injection of special medications that regulate the menstrual cycle by adjusting the levels of certain chemicals in the body, GnRH agonists, or gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, stimulate high-quality egg production and help prevent mid-cycle increases in estrogen levels.
We know that fertility and the steps involved with achieving pregnancy can seem quite complex and confusing. Dr. Denker understands how personal and sensitive these matters are and he handles them as such. It is important to us that you understand what to expect and the possible risks which are associated with these treatments.
This includes side effects from the injection itself (bruising, swelling, tenderness, or infection), allergic reaction, and excessive or insufficient response from the ovaries. Increased estrogen levels may cause fluid retention, weight gain, nausea, diarrhea, breast tenderness, moodiness, headache, or fatigue. A rare but possible complication is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), in which estrogen levels rise sharply and the ovaries produce too many eggs.
To set up an appointment with Dr. Mark Denker to discuss ovulation induction, call us today at (888) 819-5177.