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Medications Used

Medications used during the Egg Donation Process

Lupron (Leuprolide Acetate)
(One injection per day for approx. 12 days)
The administration of Lupron affects the pituitary gland and results in lower luteinizing
and follicle stimulation hormones in the body. This is done to establish a baseline level
to assist your doctor in planning the best approach to a successful egg retrieval.

Possible Side Effects
(no long-term side effects have been reported)

· Headache
· Moodiness
· Hot flashes

Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH or Gonadotropins)
(One injection per day for approx for approx. 12 days)
Gonadotropins are given to increase the production of ovarian follicles. The more ovarian
follicles produced, the greater the chances are for a successful transfer and pregnancy outcome.

Possible Side Effects
(no long-term side effects have been reported)
OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) Severe OHSS is reported in 1-2% of IVF cases. This means essentially that the body has "over-responded" to the FSH and the ovaries become excessively enlarged. Great care is taken by the physician to minimize the chances of this occurrence. Treatment for this condition may include hospitalization and a minor procedure.

Other Possible Side Effects:
· Headache
· Moodiness
· Bloating
· Fatigue

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG or Trigger shot")

(One injection)
hCG is produced by the human placenta. The purpose of administering hCG
is to prepare the ovaries for egg retrieval.

Possible Side Effects
(no long-term side effects have been reported)
· Headache
· Moodiness
· Bloating
· Fatigue

 
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