Birth Control

Birth Control Specialist
It may seem strange to hear about birth control pills from a clinic specializing in infertility issues, but Dr. Mick Abaé at Fertility & Genetics in Plantation, Florida prescribes this medication regularly for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The skilled physicians at Fertility & Genetics provide residents in South Florida with the most advanced fertility treatments available, and at a price you can afford. Call today, or use the clinic’s online scheduling service to make an appointment regarding your fertility concerns.

Birth Control Q & A

Fertility and Genetics

How Does Birth Control Work?

Birth control pills prevent pregnancy by halting the process your ovaries go through to develop and release mature eggs. Without an egg, there can be no fertilization by sperm, and you cannot get pregnant. Most birth control pills contain synthetic forms of estrogen and progestin.

Why are Birth Control Pills Used for IVF?

The IVF process is a complex one that requires significant preparation and precise timing to ensure success. Much like a normal menstrual cycle, the IVF cycle entails multiple steps that take place at a specific time over four to six weeks.

An IVF requires the following steps:

  1.       Preparation for treatment using birth control
  2.       Ovarian stimulation
  3.       Egg retrieval after eggs have matured
  4.       Insemination or fertilization of eggs
  5.       Embryo transfer to uterus
  6.       Supplements and follow-up

There may be a wait between the third and fourth steps if you choose to preserve your eggs for future use. You can also decide to cryopreserve embryos. If you opted for genetic testing of the eggs, that would occur before fertilization.

Your fertility specialist prescribes birth control pills as the first step of the IVF process to suppress ovulation until the desired time, and to prevent ovarian cysts. Patients usually take birth control pills for about two weeks before Dr. Abaé starts ovulation stimulation.

What is PCOS?

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a medical syndrome that causes irregular periods, acne, excess body hair, difficulty losing weight, and ovarian cysts due to a hormonal imbalance. It’s also the number one cause of female infertility because the hormonal imbalance can keep eggs from developing and maturing in your ovaries.

How Do Birth Control Pills Help with PCOS?

Birth control pills regulate the faulty hormone levels responsible for PCOS. This decreases symptoms of PCOS, such as excessive body hair, and regulates your menstrual cycle. It may also make your ovaries more receptive to ovulation stimulation should you decide to become pregnant.

Women with PCOS often require IVF to achieve pregnancy, but Dr. Abaé may try medications first, such as clomiphene. This medication causes eggs to mature and be released. Women treated with clomiphene are more likely to have twins or triplets than women who don’t use clomiphene.

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