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IVF Microdose Agonist Protocol
Your fertility doctor has determined that the protocol for your IVF cycle will be the Microdose Lupron Protocol. Microdose Lupron is an injection you will take daily in a small dose (compared to Lupron Down Regulation) to stimulate egg production. When you are ready to begin your IVF cycle, you will contact your fertility doctor’s office to notify them of the first day your period begins (full flow rather than spotting).
Some IVF protocols may call for patients to begin birth control pills. Birth control pills may be given for a minimum of 10 to 21 days to prepare your body for the IVF process by regulating your ovarian hormones and preventing ovarian cysts. They are also beneficial in the timing of the process. Once you stop the birth control pills, your body will begin another period.
Your doctor’s office will instruct you on when to return to the office for an ultrasound and blood work (baseline visit) to confirm you are ready to begin the next set of injections (to begin stimulation). You will begin the Microdose Lupron one day prior to your stimulation injections. This dose helps to “flare” the ovarian response and hopefully make numerous eggs for the IVF process. You will remain on the Microdose Lupron during your stimulation phase. The medication will also keep you from ovulating prematurely during this time.