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FAQ

Commonly Asked Questions


  • Q1. What are some common abbreviations that you use?
  • Q2. Do I need to change my diet while going thru IVF?
  • Q3. Any exercise restrictions?
  • Q4. Is bleeding after egg retrieval to be expected?
  • Q5. What does dark, brown spotting indicate?
  • Q6. Is spotting while taking the OCP normal, cause for any concern?
  • Q7. Any protocols for female for ultrasound (full bladder, semi-full etc.)?
  • Q8. Why birth control pills?
  • Q9. I’m spotting. What does this mean?
  • Q10. Will I need infectious disease testing?
Q1. What are some common abbreviations that you use?

IVF – In Vitro Fertilization
ICSI – Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
OCR – Egg (Oocyte) Retrieval
FET – Frozen embryo transfer
OCP – Oral Contraceptive Pill
IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
PGT A – Preimplantation Genetic Testing – Aneuploidy
FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer
ET – Fresh Embryo Transfer

Q2. Do I need to change my diet while going thru IVF?

For most patients, no diet change is necessary.

Q3. Any exercise restrictions?

Yes, patients are no longer allowed to exercise after Day 7 of a fertility cycle. After a successful fertility cycle, your primary OB will determine any continuing exercise restrictions.

Q4. Is bleeding after egg retrieval to be expected?

It is normal. You can wear a panty liner/pad if necessary. Just alert us if the bleeding gets to more like a full flow.

Q5. What does dark, brown spotting indicate?

Light brown spotting typically refers to old blood from a previous bleed. If the spotting is more than light, in nature, you should notify the office.

Q6. Is spotting while taking the OCP normal, cause for any concern?

As long as you are taking the OCP daily as directed, any break through bleeding is of no concern. Please do let the office know however.

Q7. Any protocols for female for ultrasound (full bladder, semi-full etc.)?

For an abdominal ultrasound including ultrasound SIS, ET/FET/Pregnancy, a full bladder is required. A full bladder is not required for a vaginal ultrasound examination.

Q8. Why birth control pills?

The OCP is used as a means to manipulate your menstrual cycle into our IVF cycle. You will be on it temporarily.

Q9. I’m spotting. What does this mean?

If spotting on the OCP, no concerns. If spotting during the stimulation week, let the office know. If spotting after OCR and ET, let the office know. We will need to know more about the spotting in relation to where you are in the cycle process.

Q10. Will I need infectious disease testing?

Yes. Infectious disease testing is required by the FDA and must be completed within 6-months of your egg retrieval. No exceptions can be made.

At The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Robotic Surgery(CRMRS) we provide private, professional and compassionate fertility care. Dr. Jacob and our reproductive team provide a very personalized approach, from diagnostic assessment and early intervention through high-tech procedures like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Insertion (ICSI), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing – Aneuploidy (PGT-A).

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