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.
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:
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.
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.
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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