Ovulation induction for IVF entails administering gonadotropins with a GnRH agonist or antagonist to allow for the development of multiple eggs and prevent premature ovulation. The stimulation is monitored with blood work and ultrasounds. Hormone levels are measured with the blood work (estradiol, progesterone, LH) and the size of the follicles is measured to ascertain oocyte maturity. When a cohort of follicles are developed a trigger injection is given, either HCG or Leuprolide acetate, to start the process of ovulation. A trans vaginal oocyte retrieval is then performed 35-36 hours later.
What does IVF ovarian stimulation entail?
By Joel G. Brasch M.D. (gynecologist).
Last Update: 07/05/2019
Joel G. Brasch
Dr. Joel Brasch is the Medical Director of Chicago IVF, founded in 2005. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has over 25 years of direct experience in fertility treatment and reproductive care. He is also the Director of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.