Tuesday, October 21, 2008

IVF Medications

I have found that I was not the only one that was taking the shots and had no idea why I was taking anything. I was blindly doing what the doctors told me to do. So I thought that I would give some information on what medication does what.

Birth Control Pills (BCP) - Used to prepare for cycle. Some clinics use BCPs to help put women on a certain schedule.

Lupron - Causes estrogen levels to rise and suppresses ovulation.



    " For ART protocols Lupron is usually given in either of two ways:

    1. In down regulation (Meldrum) protocols Lupron is started twice daily about 7 days after ovulation has occurred, prior to the anticipated ART cycle. When continuous doses of Lupron are given the pituitary gland becomes "desensitized" and stops producing LH and FSH. Estrogen levels then drop. This inhibition reverses upon cessation of Lupron. When the estrogen levels are low, the daily injections of FSH are begun. This FSH stimulates the development of eggs within the ovarian follicle.

    2. The second method is often referred to at the "Flare" or "Garcia" protocol. In this protocol, Lupron is begun once daily beginning on cycle day 2. FSH is initiated twice daily on cycle day 5 to take advantage of the initial Lupron/estrogen response (Flair)."

Gonol-F and Follistim - Are used to stimulate egg growth.

Pergonal, Repronex, and Humegon - Use with women who have trouble ovulating. Are used to stimulate egg growth.

Letrozole and Anastrozole - Used to stimulate ovulation. "They especially hold promise for the select group of women that have deficient mucus or underdeveloped endometrial lining while on clomiphene citrate. "

hCG - Encourages the eggs' final development prior to retrieval.

Medrol - Prepares the uterus for embryo implantation.

Doxycycline - Prevents infection after egg retrieval and egg transfer.

Progesterone - Ensures adequate amounts of progesterone are in the body following egg retrieval until the placenta begins producing its own.

Clomid - Helps women ovulate.

If I forgot a medication, please add yours to the comments. I will try to find information on it if you don't already have the information.

Sources:

Chicago IVF
DocShop.com
Conceptions
IVF Medication List

Added medication 10/22/08:

A medication to add to the list is Ganirelix - It is to keep you from ovulating before ER.

Sources:
follistim.com
Wikipedia.com

2 comments:

victoria said...

good source of info

Anonymous said...

Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado IVF Medications link is now:
http://www.conceptionsrepro.com/ivf-program/IVF-Medications.aspx