IVF Doctor Tina Koopersmith
Discusses The Ovarian Stimulation Process
First Step In The IVF Process
The first major step in the IVF process is ovarian stimulation. A woman begins to use fertility medications to stimulate multiple follicles (eggs) to grow in her ovary.
How It Works
In a natural cycle, many follicles may start to grow but only one follicle/egg reaches maturity and ovulation. With fertility medications, we can override the selection of one single egg and instead retrieve multiple eggs. We suggest a minimum of 4 follicles to proceed with retrieval; the average number of follicles is 8-10.
During ovarian stimulation, we need to monitor the ovarian growth closely, requiring office visits every other day or more. While it is labor intensive for you, as you are responsible for several different fertility drug injections every single day, several times per day, and also must undergo frequent ultrasounds and blood tests, we are here to help you every step of the way and support you throughout the process. Once the follicles are ready for ovulation, the last “trigger shot” is scheduled to prepare the ovary for ovulation.
Together We'll Find A Way
Our experienced IVF specialists will evaluate your specific situation and individual fertility, and guide you through the IVF and ovarian stimulation processes. We can also answer any questions you may have on this process.
We look forward to meeting you, learning about you, and helping you to be healthy and happy. To schedule an appointment you can call the West Coast Women's Reproductive Center at (818) 616-9277 or make an appointment online.