IVF Calendar

An IVF calendar can be a very useful tool in the IVF process. When used effectively it can help you keep track of which drugs to take on certain days, dosages, appointments, benchmarks, and most importantly, how many days you have until the end of your IVF cycle.

The IVF calendar shown below is an example of how your IVF protocol may evolve. This sample IVF cycle is for ovarian stimulation using Lupron with the use of birth control pills (BCP). Most IVF cycles will have variations in the exact timelines based on each individual patient's response to the medication and their menstrual period cycles.  This timeline proposed below is just an example only and is not to be relied on for IVF treatment nor should it not replace the advice of your physician.

Sample IVF Calendar - Lupron 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
prenatal vitamin
(every day)
           
BCP BCP BCP BCP BCP BCP BCP
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron
BCP BCP BCP BCP BCP BCP Last BCP
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Expect Menses Baseline ultrasound/blood test STIM Day 1 STIM Day 2
          Start Gonadotropins  
          Decrease Lupron Gonadotropins
Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron (5 U) Lupron
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
STIM Day 3 STIM Day 4 STIM DAY 5 STIM Day 6 STIM DAY 7 STIM Day 8 STIM Day 9
    Ultrasound/
blood test 
Ultrasound/
blood test 
  Ultrasound/
blood test 
Estimated HCG trigger
 
Gonadotropins Gonadotropins Gonadotropins Gonadotropins Gonadotropins Gonadotropins Gonadotropins
Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron Lupron
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
STIM Day 10 STIM Day 11 STIM Day 12        
Estimated HCG trigger          
  Estimated Egg Retrieval*
Progesterone starts the day after Egg Retrieval
   

Key to the IVF Calendar:

  • BCP – Birth Control Pills
  • Lupron - ovarian stimulation medication taken once daily via subcutaneous injection
  • Ultrasound/Blood Test - transvaginal ultrasound to track follicle development and blood test to check hormone levels
  • STIM - Stimulation Phase
  • Gonadotropins - injectable hormones used to treat infertility
  • HCG Trigger – (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) major hormone secreted by the placenta. In the early stages of pregnancy
  • Progesterone - hormone that prepares the uterus and endometrial lining to support an early pregnancy
  • Egg Retrieval – removal of eggs from the ovaries approximately 36 hours after taking the HCG injection