Frequently Asked Questions
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization
ICSI – Intracytolasmic sperm injection
CGH – Comparative genomic hybrization
ER – Egg Retrieval
ET – Egg Transfer
BCP – Birth Control Pill
IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
PGD – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
PGS – Preimplantation Genetic Screening
PICSI – Physiological Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer
ET – Fresh Embryo Transfer
OC – Oral Contraceptive
PNV – Prenatal Vitamin
No, no diet change is necessary.
Alcohol intake, in small amounts, during the stimulation phase is safe; however, alcohol intake is to be refrained from post an embryo transfer.
We do not recommend any abstention prior to egg retrieval.
No high impact activity after transfer, but no restrictions up to that point.
It is normal. You can wear a pantyliner/pad if needed, just alert us if it gets to more like a full flow.
Light brown spotting typically refers to old blood from a previous bleed. If the spotting is more than light, in nature, you should notify your coordinator.
First day of full flow.
Yes, unless witnessed by an MCRM staff member
As long as you are taking the BCP daily as directed, any break thru bleeding is of no concern. Please do let your coordinator know however.
Yes to all.
You can fly during any time of your IVF cycle, unless contradicting an office appt.
For headaches or mild pain,Tylenol may be taken. Regarding additional medications, consult with your physician or OB/GYN prior to use.
Call on the next business day.
We do not recommend any abstention prior to any semen analysis testing.
No full bladder is required for ultrasound examination except for an ET/FET where a semi-full bladder is required.
It is okay, and expected when you are early in your cycle.
The BCP is used as a means to manipulate your menstrual cycle into our IVF cycle. You will be on it temporarily.
If spotting on the BCP, no concerns. If spotting during the stimulation week, let your coordinator know. If spotting after ER and ET, let your coordinator know. We will need to know more about the spotting in relation to where you are in the cycle process.
It could be for genetic reasons, immunology reasons or other reasons.
Once your personalized protocol has been determined by one of our physicians, your coordinator will order your medications from a specialty pharmacy.
Yes. Infectious disease testing is required by the FDA and must be completed within 6-months of your egg retrieval. No exceptions can be made.
Medication costs vary depending on multiple reasons including by not limited to: personal protocol,available discount programs, manufacturer rebates and pharmacy pricing. To assist with updated pharmacy pricing, you may use the Fertility Drug Calculator App available at http://www.fertilitydrugcalculator.com.
For the latest guidance recommendations from ASRM visit: http://www.mcrmfertility.com/2016/09/zika-fertility-asrm-guidelines-reproductive-age-women-men/