Reproductive Endocrine Assoc. Assisted Reproduction Q & A

What steps must be done before IVF, GIFT, or ZIFT?

In the cycle preceeding in vitro fertilization, we begin patients on a drug called Lupron (leuprolide acetate) to temporarily "turn off" a woman's ovarian funtion so that a baseline state is reached. All women have a menstrual period when this "baseline state" is reached. The Lupron prevents a woman's own hormones from interfering with the progress of the cycle.

The woman begins taking injections of strong fertility drugs, known as Pergonal, Pergonal Repronex, Fertinex, Gonadal-S and Follistim. These drugs are given for several days and the development of the "eggs" is monitored by the physican, Finally, the "eggs" are harvested for use in IVF, GIFT, or ZIFT when they are fully developed and ready for fertilization. IVF is usually the treatment of choice for the majority of patients needing Assisted Reproduction.

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