IVF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

IVF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2017-01-10T08:44:48+00:00
Continue to take the active birth control pills or cycle control pills until your nurse tells you to stop. You will not take the inactive pills unless instructed to do so.
Call the office and inform us of the type of pill you are taking. If you run out of other medications, you can call the pharmacy that filled your prescription to order refills. It is important to call the office or pharmacy before you run out of medication. Some pharmacies may not stock some fertility medications routinely and may need time to order them.
Yes. Medications you can take include Tylenol or extra-strength Tylenol, Actifed, Sudafed, Tums and Robitussin (plain). Continue to take glucophage, metformin, parlodel, bromocriptine or thyroid medication throughout the cycle. Avoid taking Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aleve. These medications interfere with fertility treatment. Please inform us before taking any other medications.
No. Breakthrough bleeding while on birth control pill is not a problem while you are in cycle. Please inform us when you have bleeding so that we are aware of it.
If you have a concern or question hours, please call (901) 515-3100 to speak with the answering service. The nurse on call will be notified and will return your call as soon as possible.
Please call the office of Cycle Day 1 (CD1). Failing to call could result in a delay of treatment. The first day of full flow menstrual bleeding, is considered CD1not spotting. Call Monday morning if CD1 occurs on the weekend.
Doxycycline should be taken about 30 minutes after breakfast and dinner. Do not take it with food or on an empty stomach. This can lead to an upset stomach. Doxycycline also causes sunlight sensitivity. Protect your skin with sunscreen or avoid being out in the sun.
Continue taking your medications until the nurse instructs you to stop. The lack of lupron or FSH can have a negative effect on the treatment if you stop before being instructed. You may ovulate and lose all your follicles.
Follicles are mature when you have two or more that are 18mm or greater.
Your ultrasound should be done during morning hours in case blood tests are needed. If a blood test is needed, you will be able to receive same day results.
In the event that you see blood in your syringe, stop the injection and remove the needle. It is important that you change the needle and then inject into another site using the same medication. Any blood that may be in the syringe will not affect the medication.
Same day results are needed to successfully manage your treatment. Blood work should be drawn before 11:00am.
An appointment is needed if scheduling on the weekend.
Yes, only with abnormal results or if we want you to change your medication or dosage.
➢ LUPRON: ➢ 10 UNIT PROTOCOL: Administer at the same time every morning. You determine the time. ➢ MICRO-DOSE PROTOCOL: Administer every 12 hours. You determine the times. ➢ FSH INJECTIONS: Administer at the same time each day. You determine the time of day that works best for you. ➢ PROGESTERONE INJECTIONS: Administer every morning at the same time. ➢ PROGESTERONE SUPPOSITORIES: Place in your vagina every night at bedtime. Wear a mini-pad for protection because discharge may occur. Suppositories must be stored at room temperature or the in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. ➢ HCG: Your nurse will specify the date and time to administer the injection.