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Fertility Medication Instructions

Why fertility medication instructions are important

Our medical team at Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine understands that uncertainty accompanies infertility, especially when it comes to the complexities of IVF. We provide patients clarity with fertility medication instructions, which is important for successful IVF. These instructions are specific to each patient, and our Connecticut fertility clinic prioritizes clear communication.

As part of the personalized care we proudly deliver, our IVF coordinator, Michelle Falzarano, RN, actively supports patients. She knows stress levels can be high, and timing is critical for a successful IVF cycle, so she makes herself readily available.

“We know infertility is a tough road, and fertility appointments should not make the struggle even harder,” Michelle says. She prioritizes helping patients with fertility medication instructions and support at every step, which can reduce the stress involved in the IVF journey.

Making fertility medication instructions clear

An educated patient is an empowered patient. To help our Connecticut fertility clinic patients, Michelle has created educational videos, found here and on her own YouTube channel:

Here are a few fertility medication pointers.

  • Preparing for IVF – This involves “resting” the ovaries, often with prescribed birth control pills before ovarian stimulation. Our Connecticut fertility clinic will also complete a “suppression check” involving bloodwork to check hormone levels and an ultrasound.
  • Ovarian stimulation cycle – An important step in successful IVF is taking medication to promote the growth of ovarian follicles, which contain eggs. These stimulation medications are injectable and administered just under the skin, usually in the abdomen (avoiding the belly button). Rest assured, if you’re nervous about needles, we will guide you. Your personalized fertility medication instructions detail the type of medication required, the frequency and dosage. This process normally lasts eight to 13 days, with 10 days being average. Patients are carefully monitored and regularly updated.
  • Trigger shot – This single shot is administered 36 hours before a scheduled egg retrieval to finalize egg maturation. This shot contains human chorionic gonadotropin, also known as hCG, the “pregnancy hormone.” A “top tip” is if mixing your medication with fluid (typically a vial of water), dispose of that vial of water when you’re done. We suggest disposing of it well beyond easy reach. We know this firsthand because, in one instance, a trigger shot of water was administered after it was unfortunately mistaken for medication.

Clear communication promotes successful IVF

Our Connecticut fertility clinic prioritizes clear communication throughout IVF, especially when it comes to fertility medication instructions. Our high-tech world still values human interaction. We will equip you with instructional videos and written instructions, but are always ready to receive an old-fashioned phone call. Our Connecticut fertility clinic’s goal is to ease your mind and achieve successful IVF treatment. Contact us to learn more.