Did you know that In Vitro Fertilization is a fertility treatment that is normally recommended when other methods have not worked. It can help in cases of both male and female infertility. This treatment has different stages, and we will explain about one of them below. We want to answer the question “what is ovarian stimulation?” and what it works for.
It consists of inducing a numerous ovulation with an administration of hormonal medications, its main objective being to develop follicles that can release mature oocytes that will be extracted for their fertilization.
This is very important since by obtaining more than one single oocyte per reproductive cycle, it will allow the pregnancy percentage to be much higher than that which was had in the beginning.
Before starting the stimulation, a diagnosis of the patient’s ovarian reserve should be made in order to know the approximate number of oocytes that can be obtained as well as the amount of medicine that will be administered.
This administration, which must be injected subcutaneously, will be hormones known as gonadotropins, which are responsible for the growth of the ovarian follicles, in addition to the fact that certain drugs will be administered that will ensure that the oocytes can remain inside the follicles during the stimulation process.
For the maturation of the eggs, before their extraction, a dose of the gonadotropin hormone (HCG) will be used, which will help to expel the eggs towards the Fallopian tube. This will also allow the specialist to plan a surgical removal of the eggs once they are mature.
Ovarian stimulation lasts between 8-14 days and during these days ultrasound checks as well as blood tests are constantly done. This in order to be able to control both the maturation and the follicular growth that will be taking place so that the eggs can be extracted in the estimated time.
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