Ovulation Induction at Palm Beach Fertility Center
Safely Retrieving Eggs for In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
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.
Fertility Medications for IVF Ovulation Induction
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.
- A few examples of the medications we may use for your process include:
- Antagon, Cetrotide
- Follistim, Bravelle, Gonal-F
- Repronex, Menopur
- Pregnyl, Profasi, Novarel
Understanding the Risks of the Ovulation Induction Process
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.