In order to stimulate follicles in the ovaries to produce healthy, mature eggs, a woman will receive injectable hormones administered at home for a period of ten to twenty days. The Fertility Center provides free orientation classes to help couples become comfortable with this process.
Intensive follow up every three to four days by blood test and ultrasound are important for the appropriate medical treatment. The eggs develop inside fluid-filled cysts called follicles. Once the follicles reach 18 millimeters in diameter, the patient will receive a different hormone to complete the maturation of the eggs. This is also administered at home by injection.