In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Medications
To enhance the likelihood of achieving pregnancy during your IVF cycle, a combination of medications will be administered. Based on your individual circumstances, your physician will determine the type, timing and dosage that best suits your needs and then monitor your body's response.
Some common infertility medications and their uses include:
- Antagonists - Prevents premature ovulation and the mid-cycle hormonal surge that can result in cycle cancellation. Common trade names for these medications are: Ganirelix and Cetrotide
- Doxycycline - When taken by the male, reduces levels of seminal bacteria that could interfere with sperm performance during an IVF cycle. When taken by the female, Doxycycline can minimize the risk of infection following egg retrieval.
- GnRH Agonists – Depending on the protocol, the GnRh agonist known a Lupron can encourages the growth of multiple high quality eggs (known as a Lupron Flare) and minimize the risk of premature ovulation (known as a Long Lupron stimulation) during an IVF cycle.
- Gonadotropins stimulate multiple small ovarian follicles to develop and grow into larger follciles which often contain mature eggs. Common examples of gonadotropins are: Gonal F, Menopur, and Follistim.
- hCG / Lupron Bolus encourage the eggs' final development prior to retrieval.
- Progesterone - Ensures adequate amounts of progesterone are in the body following egg retrieval until the placenta begins producing its own.
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