Ovarian Stimulation

Ovarian stimulation yields higher IVF success rates

An important part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process is ovarian stimulation. In a natural cycle, eggs mature in tiny follicles in the ovaries. Usually, one mature egg is released each month for possible fertilization.

With ovarian stimulation, hormone medications are used to help more eggs mature each month. Our Newport Beach fertility doctor is highly skilled in ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. Only the healthiest eggs are used for IVF, giving you a better chance of success.

How ovarian stimulation works

Ovarian stimulation can be a complicated part of the IVF process, but it is worth the effort. By this stage, Robert Anderson MD has met with you, reviewed your test results and medical history, and developed a customized treatment protocol for you. Ovarian stimulation is achieved through a combination of medications that stimulate egg growth. These may include commercially available preparations of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), both naturally made by the body.

Other medications are used to prevent the premature ovulation of the eggs. These medications, such as Cetrotide or Ganirelix, are given at certain times to help your follicles retain the eggs. This gives them time to mature and allows for egg retrieval by our Newport Beach fertility doctor.

You’ll make multiple visits to our office for blood tests and ultrasounds. The blood tests measure the levels of FSH and LH in your blood. The ultrasound measures follicle growth inside the ovaries. Both tests help determine when your eggs are ready to be retrieved.

Each woman has a unique experience with ovarian stimulation. Some experience side effects, but others do not. Ovarian hyperstimulation is one side effect that can cause enlarged ovaries, bloating and discomfort. However, our Newport Beach fertility doctor provides careful monitoring to prevent this problem.

Your role in the process

It’s important for you to take all your medications as indicated by your Newport Beach fertility doctor and to keep your appointments. In IVF, timing is everything. Ovarian stimulation can be stressful, so remember to take time to relax and be kind to yourself.

Contact us to learn more about ovarian stimulation or to schedule a consultation with our Newport Beach fertility doctor.