In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Supplementing IVF Cycles With Progesterone

Supplementing IVF Cycles With Progesterone

After the egg retrieval in IVF treatment, supplementing IVF cycles with progesterone is common for doctors to recommend. This is because progesterone plays a crucial role in preparing the uterus for embryo implantation.

Progesterone is a hormone naturally produced by the ovaries after ovulation. In IVF treatment, however, the ovaries are stimulated to produce multiple eggs, and as a result, they may not produce enough progesterone on their own.

Supplementing IVF cycles with progesterone can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Studies have shown that failure to supplement with progesterone after egg retrieval can result in lower numbers of embryos implanted and an increased risk of miscarriage.

Progesterone Supplementation After IVF

The data supporting the use of progesterone supplementation after IVF treatment is strong. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who received progesterone supplementation had a significantly higher chance of achieving a live birth than those who did not receive supplementation.

Progesterone supplementation also reduces the risk of premature delivery and other pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia.

Progesterone Supplementation After IVF

Although progesterone supplementation is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects, such as bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings. However, these side effects are usually manageable and do not outweigh the benefits of progesterone supplementation.

How We Can Help

Supplementing IVF cycles with progesterone after egg retrieval is a common and effective practice that increases the chances of a successful pregnancy. People undergoing IVF treatment should consult with their reproductive specialist to determine the best progesterone supplementation plan for their individual circumstances

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