To avoid errors in the administration of medication, patients are supported by a monitoring team during treatment
From ten to fifteen days. This is, as a rule, the duration of the ovarian stimulation process for any assisted reproduction treatment. And throughout this process, Eugin patients are always accompanied by a monitoring team to guide and help them with any questions related to the administration of medications. What is this process like? What medications are taken and how? Below, we’ll explain it all to you.
Starting the process
To begin with, patients will know, having been guided and advised by their doctor during the visit to the clinic, what medication should be administered, how it should be prepared and the best way to inject it. On this same visit, they will also receive a pen drive with instructional videos, which are also searchable on the Eugin channel on YouTube. Finally, the support team does telephone follow-up to ensure that all is well and to tell the patients what medicine they should take in each case.
The treatment includes 3 kinds of medicines. Firstly, there are the gonadotropins, which are hormones to stimulate the growth of the follicles and the maturation of the eggs. They are administered for between 10 and 14 days. Secondly, the GnRH antagonists, which suppress natural ovulation in order to be able to time the optimal moment for the aspiration of the eggs during the treatment.
“The third drug is the most delicate one,” explains Dr. Anna Blázquez, a specialist in assisted reproduction. “It is the hormone responsible for ovulation, and it is injected when the doctor sees, by means of an ultrasound scan, that the eggs are now ready. The previous two drugs are stopped and that same night the third one is injected. This shot is the most important one in the whole treatment, since it is the one that triggers the woman’s ovulation”, adds the doctor.
Mild side effects
These drugs do not create effects that are any different from one’s own menstrual period, and their intensity varies in every woman. The most common one is mild abdominal discomfort and a heavier period. In some cases, women experience mild headaches. The second drug may cause skin redness, which disappears after a few minutes. They are the only inconveniences detected by patients, which nevertheless, enables them to carry on with the assisted reproduction treatment as normal.
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