The superovulation protocol we use for IVF patients depends
on two things.
One is the patient herself. For example, what her ovarian reserve is , as
judged by her age, antral follicle count, AMH level; and her historical response
to previous IVF cycles.
The second variable is how many follicles we want you to
grow. For example, if we want lots of follicles, we use a standard protocol, or
an aggressive protocol, so we get lots of follicles . This allows us to
collects lots of eggs, and this allows us to form many embryos , which we can then
freeze and store.
On the other hand, if we don't want too many follicles (
for example, if we are worried about the risk of OHSS - ovarian hyperstimulation
syndrome) , then we will use a minimal stimulation protocol so that we get only
few eggs, and few embryos. Hopefully, these few ones will be the top quality
This is a decision we make in partnership with our patients
If you understand your
options, and can figure out what we're doing and why it, you'll be in a better
position to be able to have an intelligent discussion with your doctor !
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