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IVF Calendar

IVF Calendar

IVF Pre-Treatment Steps: In Vitro Fertilization

Learn about IVF pre-treatment steps such as reading the IVF manual, creating a list of fertility treatment questions, and performing pre-cycle testing. During the first consultation, all of the steps ...

Sample SDFC IVF Calendar

Please note: Each case is different, but we hope to will give you an idea about the timeline of the program.

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Initial Consult with Dr. Hummel or Dr. Kettel
Discussion of patient's history and establishment of treatment plan (phone or in person)

Consult to review costs and financial plans available

Pre-Cycle Lab Work
Blood tests, semen analysis, uterine assessment, additional lab work if necessary (this may take one month to complete).

Starting IVF Treatment
Week 1

Day 1 on menstrual cycle

Call office to set up IVF consult with nurse

Day 2 on menstrual cycle

Day 3 on menstrual cycle

Day 4 on menstrual cycle

Start oral contraceptives (OCP)

Day 5 on menstrual cycle


Day 6 on menstrual cycle


Day 7 on menstrual cycle


Week 2


Be on the pill anywhere from 10 days to 5 wks depending on patient's schedule.

Week 3

You will be told when to stop pills at IVF Consult

IVF Consult anywhere from week 2 to week 4.
Injection class scheduled.

Week 1 of Injections







Blood test, ultrasound & start FSH


Week 2 of Injections





Blood test & ultrasound



Blood test & ultrasound


Week 3 of Injections


Blood test & ultrasound

Hcg Injections
No injections
Start Progesterone



Day 2-5 Transfer

then bedrest

72 hours of bedrest after transfer
Week 4 and after

Pregnancy test 2 weeks after transfer

OB Ultrasound 2 weeks after pregnancy test

Stop all medication at 5 or 8 weeks (we will instruct you).

Note: The calendar shown above is an example of how an IVF cycle may evolve. It is possible that the ovarian stimulation process is shorter or longer than above depending on your response. A Day3 or Day5 (blastocyst) transfer will be based on the embryo development. A pregnancy test is performed 14 days past transfer.

Key to Calendar

Blood and ultrasound = blood test for hormone levels and transvaginal ultrasound to measure follicle development in ovaries.

Lupron = subcutaneous injection of a medication called Lupron. Taken once daily.

FSH = subcutaneous injection of a medication containing follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and lutenizing hormone (LH), which causes growth and egg development in women. Plan 10-14 days of FSH/LH injections.

Ovidrel/HCG injection = intramuscular injection of a medication called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, final maturation of oocytes (eggs) prior to retrieval.

Progesterone = intramuscular injection of progesterone oil, which helps to prepare a receptive uterine lining for embryo implantation. Supports a pregnancy.

Ganirelex Acetate/Antagon - Cetrotide = prevents ovulation and is started 5-8 days after FSH start.

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