The 5 Phases of Superovulation
Stimulation PhaseThe first step in superovulation therapy is to administer medications to enhance the development of a mature egg(s) by the ovaries.
Monitoring PhaseThe development of the eggs in their follicles (fluid-filled sacs) in the ovary is then monitored by transvaginal ultrasound.
Ovulation PhaseOnce the follicles have reached the appropriate size to contain a mature egg, an injection hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)is given to trigger ovulation.
Fertilization PhasePatients then have scheduled sexual relations over the next two days to coincide with ovulation. If, instead, the treatment plan requires intrauterine insemination, it is performed during the same two days.
A simple blood test done five to seven days later confirms whether your hormone levels are appropriate. Two weeks after the procedure, you will learn if you are pregnant. Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, the pregnancy is monitored by early ultrasounds to be sure the pregnancy is in the correct location in the uterus and is developing normally.