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In her latest blog, Menopause at 27? Jamie Pursley chronicles her experience as she embarks on her fertility drug protocol. She describes how Lupron will shut the ovaries off so that she can be successfully stimulated with the second round of fertility drugs.

Huh? It may seem weird to shut down the ovaries in order to rev them up again to produce multiple eggs. But with in vitro fertilization, your ovaries and the hormones they make are suppressed so that fertility doctors can control your cycle and increase egg production.

It depends upon the IVF protocol your fertility doctor prescribes, but Lupron may be the first medication used in the IVF cycle. Lupron temporarily suppresses pituitary and ovarian hormone production and prevents ovulation from occurring prior to the egg retrieval. Typically, Lupron is started about one week before the next expected period and continued until two days prior to egg retrieval. It dcreases the amount of luteninizing hormone (LH) you make in order to prevent an "early LH surge" or ovulation.

There are many different fertility drugs and IVF protocols. Don't be hesitant to ask your fertility doctor about which ones you are using and why.

For more information on IVF stimulation protocols, read the following:

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