After sitting down with our Reproductive Endocrinologist for our WTF appointment, we had a plan in place for IVF Round 3. We decided to use our initial IVF protocol, with the additional of hGH. Since we did have a genetically abnormal embryo on our first transfer, we did decide to move forward with preimplantation genetic testing. This means that we will be doing a frozen embryo transfer this round.
IVF Round 3 – Medications
For IVF Round 3, I will be using Lupron, Follistim, Menopur and Omnitrope. Here is a brief overview of each shot’s purpose:
Lupron- This essentially “shuts down” the body’s reproductive hormone system. Ovulation cannot occur naturally while on Lupron because LH, which triggers ovulation, is suppressed. This prevents a premature surge of the LH before the retrieval, which could cause loss of the cycle.
Follistim- It is a recombinant follicle stimulating hormone that helps healthy ovaries to develop and release mature eggs.
Menopur- Menopur injection contains human menopausal gonadotrophin as the active ingredient. Human menopausal gonadotrophin is a combination of two naturally-occurring female hormones, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH), extracted and purified from the urine of post-menopausal women. In the case of IVF, Menopur is used to stimulate multiple follicles and eggs to develop.
Omnitrope – Omnitrope is a synthetic version of human growth hormone (hGH) known as somatropin. hGH is believed to help with oocyte maturation and improved egg quality.
All of our meds have arrived, and now we (im)patiently wait for our start date 😀