Monitoring during the treatment

 

Monitoring during the treatment

Checks during ovarian stimulation:

  • Follicle development and the increasing thickness of the endometrium (using transvaginal ultrasound)
  • Hormone levels, such as E2, LH, progesterone (using blood samples)

 

These will require 4-6 morning visits to our Unit.

Ultrasound monitoring of endometrium thickness, during multiple follicle development treatment. The picture demonstrates a triple-line pattern, with 13.5 mm thickness and a visible cervix. (EUGONIA archive)

Ultrasound monitoring of endometrium thickness, during multiple follicle development treatment. The picture demonstrates a triple-line pattern, with 13.5 mm thickness and a visible cervix. (EUGONIA archive)

Normally, there is a correlation between the number and the size of the follcles and the oestradiol produced, and therefore with the thickness of the endometrium. The echo pattern of the endometrium is also of great importance and the "triple-line" pattern is checked during the stimulation. The ultrasound monitoring and the hormone measurements are usually performed on specific days of the stimulation.

Multiple follicle development. The follicles have matured (transvaginal ultrasound) (EUGONIA archive).

Multiple follicle development. The follicles have matured (transvaginal ultrasound) (EUGONIA archive).

The Director in collaboration with other doctors and midwives of our Unit assess the results and compare them to previous measurements and your medical history. They will decide on the dose of drugs, and other instructions that will be added to your personal file. Our midwives will inform you extensively and responsibly about the course of your treatment program, drug dosage and the date for the repeat of checks.

Treatment and lifestyle

During the drug treatment you do not have to change your way of life or modify your habits concerning work, exercise, diet or sex. If deemed necessary from the results of the preliminary tests, the male partner may have to take antibiotics at the same time as the onset of your ovarian stimulation.

If it is necessary after the preliminary results, your husband gets preventive antibiotic treatment, along with the beginning of your own treatment.

Psychological support

For some couples, the problem of infertility has psychological effects. Emotional distress is usually greater after previous failed attempts or when IVF is regarded as the last chance of having a baby.

Eugonia gives you the option of talking to our collaborating specialised psychologist. It has been proven that psychological support reduces the emotional load. We therefore encourage you to contact our psychologist, who will positively contribute to your IVF attempt.