STAGE 3 | Stimulation Treatment Starts

  • This treatment begins a few days after your period starts. You will take FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) drugs that will stimulate the ovaries to make multiple follicles and eggs. These are taken as injections for around 8 to 12 days.
  • It’s important to remember to take your GnRH analogue drugs throughout the entire stimulation, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
  • In some ‘short’ protocols women will not use the GnRH analogue but will use other drugs to prevent natural ovulation called an LH antagonist. These drugs will be administered after stimulation begins.
  • Some drugs need to be stored in the fridge. Do check with your pharmacist.
  • The thought of injecting yourself daily can be daunting, but there is no way around it. Take a deep breath, focus on why you are putting yourself through the pain, and just go with it. You might find it easier to get your partner or a good friend to do it for you.
  • The quantity of drugs you are taking can be overwhelming, especially at a time when you are feeling very emotional, so jot down when you have taken your medication to avoid confusion and errors.
  • Why pay more for IVF drugs? 
  • Side effects: As the eggs grow, you may feel bloated and uncomfortable.
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