Originally Posted by OrganicSister
This is probably a stupid question but a friend who unsuccessfully went thru IVF a couple years ago mentioned that I would continue having to do hormone shots AFTER a positive pregnancy test.
Now I admit to being sort of out of it when it comes to handling the IVF (not like me at all but perhaps my coping mechnism?) but I did *not* know I'd have to keep up with the hormones part the ET. Why? Is it absolutely necessary?
IVF is kinda out of my element as it is. We're a bunch of natural hippies. The idea of hormones WHILE pregnant worries me to no end. And are ultrasounds absolutely necessary? Cuz I really don't want one while pregnant at all.
I guess I was just hoping I could get a positive pregnancy test, then walk back to my non-western medicine lifestyle and leave all the icky stuff there. How long will I have to stick around before I can give the doctor the boot?
OrganicSister - the only hormone that continues after ET is progesterone (and I think there's some kinda steroid around ER and ET to help with implantation). Anyway, the progesterone is to help sustain the pregnancy and yes, it is necessary. My understanding is when they do the ER they also take away a lot of the cells that would tell your body to start producing progesterone to sustain the pregnancy. So, you need to substitute, it looks like possible until 12 weeks.
There is probably some descrepancy as to how many ultrasounds, if any, you'll need. They will want to verify location of pregnancy (uterus vs. ectopic) and the number of pregnancy (singleton, twin, etc). Beyond that the rest is for monitoring and peace of mind. I don't believe they can do anything if the pregnancy is not growing, so I don't think they're necessare required.
Your RE will likely want to keep you until around 12 weeks, however you can give him the boot when you're comfortable since you are the client. Just make sure you know what to do about progesterone and I know I'm trying to not burn any bridges in case, heaven forbid, I need help again. Good luck.