My IVF Pregnancy Journey

Our IVF Treatment Schedule at CHA Fertility Center – Seoul

This is our first time doing an IVF Treatment, so we were kind of lost on how to manage our time especially with work and traveling. So, hopefully this IVF Treatment calendar / timeline will help other couples in managing their time and expectations:

DECEMBER 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Doctor’s appointment at CHA Fertility Center at 2:30pm. Was told to come back on 2nd/3rd day of menstruation. Ultrasonography. Started Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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First day of menstrual cycle. Lorelin injection (Right abdomen).

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Second day of menstrual cycle. Doctor’s appointment. Lorelin injection (Left abdomen).

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Morning: Lorelin injection (Right abdomen) + Pergoveris (Left abdomen). Night: Pergoveris (Right abdomen).

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Menstrual cycle ends. Morning: Lorelin injection (Left abdomen) + Pergoveris (Right abdomen). Night: Pergoveris (Left abdomen). Start taking DHEA supplement 75mg daily.

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Morning: Lorelin injection (Right abdomen) + Pergoveris (Left abdomen). Night: Pergoveris (Right abdomen).

JANUARY 2017

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Morning: Lorelin injection (Left abdomen) + Pergoveris (Right abdomen). Night: Pergoveris (Left abdomen). DHEA supplement 75mg.

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Doctor’s appointment. Ultrasonography. Lorelin and Pergoveris injections became once a day. Lorelin injection (Right abdomen) + Pergoveris (Left abdomen). DHEA supplement 75mg.

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Lorelin injection (Left abdomen) + Pergoveris (Right abdomen). DHEA supplement 75mg.

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Doctor’s appointment at 9:30am. Ultrasonography: 4 mature eggs and few immature eggs. Will retrieve eggs on Friday. Lorelin injection (Right abdomen). DHEA supplement 75mg (last day). Midnight: Ovidrel injection to stimulate ovulation.

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Night: Vibramycin (antibiotics). Starting midnight: fasting – no food or drink.

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Egg Retrieval Day. Total 5 eggs were retrieved. Night: Utrogestan.

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Utrogestan (3 times a day). Vibramycin (2 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day). Vibramycin (2 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day). Vibramycin (2 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Embryo Transfer Day. 5-day embryo (blastocyst). Put in two embryos. Three embryos left for further culture. Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Doctor’s appointment. Pregnancy Test: positive result with hcg 797 mIU/ml. Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Doctor’s appointment. Blood test. Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

FEBRUARY 2017

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Doctor’s appointment. Ultrasonography: confirmed 1 gestational sac + fetal heartbeat. Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Doctor’s appointment. Ultrasonography: 1.4cm fetal size. 158bpm fetal heartbeat. Blood Test. Urine Test. Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (3 times a day).

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Utrogestan (2 times – last day).

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Here’s some explanation on the medication / injections:

  • Lorelin (leuprorelin acetate): GnRH agonists injections. They are modified versions of a naturally occurring hormone known as gonadotropin releasing hormone, which helps to control the menstrual cycle.

    Lorelin
  • Pergoveris: Pergoveris is a medicine containing follitropin alfa, a recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and lutropin alfa, a recombinant luteinising hormone (LH) which are essentially similar to the hormones found naturally in humans, but they are made by means of biotechnology. They belong to the family of hormones called gonadotrophins, which are involved in the normal control of reproduction.

    Pergoveris is for the treatment of women who have been shown to produce very low levels of some of the hormones involved in the natural reproductive cycle. Pergoveris is used to bring about the development of a single mature follicle. Follicles are structures in the ovaries that mature the eggs (ova). Once adequate follicular development is achieved, a single injectable dose of human chorionic gonadotrophins (hCG) is given, which leads to the release of an egg from the follicle (ovulation).
    (https://www.nps.org.au/medical-info/medicine-finder/pergoveris-powder-for-injection)

    Pergoveris
  • Utrogestan (vaginal capsules): Utrogestan Vaginal 200 mg Capsules is indicated in women for supplementation of the luteal phase during Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) cycles.

    Utrogestan Vaginal 200mg

2 comments

    1. We stayed at an apartment rented out through airbnb. It is located right in Gangnam subway station so it is very convenient to go around.

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