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In-Vitro Fertilization

  • Use oral and/or injectable drugs to grow extra eggs​
  • Retrieve eggs with ultrasound guidance​
  • Fertilize in the Petri Dish​
  • Transfer embryo into uterus

Egg Retrieval

  • On day 1 of your menstrual cycle, call WFI to schedule your day 3 baseline visit ​
    • Day 1 consists of the first day of bright red, full flow​
    • Your day 3 baseline visit will consist of the following:​
      • Blood work ​
      • Transvaginal ultrasound

Letrozole or Gonal F or Follistim​

  • Injected days 3-14 of cycle in the lower abdomen​
  • Allows the ovaries to grow extra eggs​
  • Gonal-F and Follistim are refrigerated

Menopur

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  • 75-150 IU injected days 3-14 of cycle in the lower abdomen​
  • Allows the ovaries to grow extra eggs​
  • Refrigerate after mixing

Omnitrope

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  • Injected days 3-14 of cycle in the lower abdomen​
  • Allows the ovaries to grow extra eggs​
  • Gonal-F and Follistim are refrigerated

Ganirelix or Cetrotide​​

  • Injected in the lower abdomen​
  • SAME EXACT time in the morning​
  • Stops early ovulation​
  • Cetrotide is refrigerated​

Novarel

  • ​Usually need to mix with 5 ml of diluent​
  • Injected in the lower abdomen​
  • Improves egg quality​
  • Can also be used for as a “trigger” medication​
  • Refrigerate after mixing ​

Follicles Near Trigger Day

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Triggers:

Lupron, Novarel, Ovidrel or a combo!

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Novarel packaging
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  • ​Injected to prepare the follicles for egg retrieval​ (day 12 of the cycle)​
  • We will tell you how much to inject and EXACT timing​

Cabergoline

  • Vaginally: once or twice per day, starting the night of trigger​
  • 8 days total
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Egg Aspiration

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Don’t worry, you are asleep and comfortable during this part!​

Antibiotics

  • Taken orally, twice per day for 5 days​
  • Starting with your first meal after egg retrieval​
  • Take with meals!

Egg

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Egg & Sperm

ICSI (Inject Sperm Into Egg)

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The Embryo Grows

Fertilized Egg = Embryo

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Day 3 Embryos

Day 5/6 Embryos: Blastocysts

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Assisted Hatching

  • Taken orally, twice per day for 5 days​
  • Starting with your first meal after egg retrieval​
  • Take with meals!
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Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening/ Diagnosis

  • Look at chromosome number and XX or XY​
    • (Example: Down’s syndrome and gender)​
  •  Look at a single gene disorder​
    • (Example: Cystic Fibrosis)

Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening

  • Looks for normal chromosome number, ensures no extra pieces, & gender​

Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis

  • Look for specific single gene defect​
    • Example: Cystic Fibrosis

Embyro Freezing

  • Happens on embryo day of life 3 or 5/6 after retrieval​
  • If doing genetic testing? Tissue removed then embryos frozen at WFI​
  • The next month, transfer happens

Embyro Transfer

  • On day 1 of your menstrual cycle, call WFI to schedule your day 3 baseline visit ​
    • Day 1 consists of the first day of bright red, full flow​
      • This will likely occur 5-10 days following your retrieval ​
  • Your day 3 baseline visit will consist of the following:​
    • Blood work ​
    • Transvaginal ultrasound ​
    • Mock embryo transfer ​
      • Please arrive with a full bladder for this appointment

Embryo Transfer

  • Estrogen for 10 of days​
  • Once lining is ready, add IM Progesterone​
  • Also need antibiotic & prednisone

Embryo Transfer

Empty Bladder

Full Bladder

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Full Bladder

Pregnancy Test

  • Blood test to confirm​
  • (Might repeat test each few days)​
  • Vaginal ultrasound for head count​

Nine Months Later:

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