Progesterone Shots for IVF

When Should I Start my progesterone-shots-IVFProgesterone Shots?

Research shows that pregnancy rates are much higher in cycles when progesterone is used. Consequently, the IVF protocol followed by our fertility doctors includes the use of progesterone, shots and suppositories. In a natural menstrual cycle, progesterone is detected around ovulation date, when an egg is released from an ovary. In contrast, during your IVF treatments your eggs are retrieved by our doctors. Eggs are typically retrieved on Cycle Day 12. You are also instructed to start your progesterone regimen on the same day.

In case you are curious, here is a quick explanation why your fertility doctor prescribes progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone produced by ovaries. Progesterone fosters development of the endometrium, the lining of your uterus, which in turn allows a better implantation of embryos. If an embryo implants after the transfer, your ovaries will naturally continue producing progesterone until eight weeks into the pregnancy. To prevent a miscarriage, our doctors will instruct you to continue taking progesterone throughout the first trimester.

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