Questions Regarding Medications
How do I know if my insurance will cover my medications or treatment?
The best way to find out what insurance coverage you have regarding fertility treatment is to call and ask your insurance company. Coverage varies based on treatment and insurance providers, so be sure to specify whether you are doing timed intercourse, IUI or IVF and what medications your doctor has prescribed.
I have not heard from the specialty pharmacy regarding my medications. What should I do?
Please contact the pharmacy that your medications were sent to. If they did not receive the prescriptions, you may call the nurse line to have us re-send any medications to them.
How important is it that I have sex or do the IUI 36 hours after I take my trigger injection (Ovidrel/HCG)?
The 36 hour timing is the suggested time for sake of discussion, but sex or IUI 34 to 40 hours later is fine.
Can I switch to a vaginal form of progesterone instead of doing the injections?
It is recommended that our patients start with IM injections in the beginning of their frozen embryo transfer cycle. If you are having issues with the injections, you may consult with your doctor about switching to a vaginal form, once a pregnancy is established. Vaginal forms of progesterone can be used for any other form of treatment.
I’m having some soreness and lumps from the progesterone injections. Is this normal?
Soreness at the injection site and lumps are normal when taking IM progesterone. You can try icing the area before you inject to numb the area, and applying heat & massaging the area afterwards to alleviate any soreness.
The Cetrotide/Ganirelix injection burns. Is this normal?
Stinging, irritation and redness is normal after injecting Cetrotide or Ganirelix.
What medications are safe to take during pregnancy?
You may look up a particular medication to see if it is safe for use during pregnancy. Medications listed as Category A or B are safe to take.
I was instructed to add additional estrogen during my FET cycle. Now that I am pregnant, do I need to continue taking this amount?
If your estrogen dose was increased during your FET cycle, you must continue taking this amount until 10 weeks of pregnancy.
How long will I continue my medications (estrogen, progesterone and aspirin) if I become pregnant after my transfer?
You will continue taking these medications until 10 weeks of pregnancy, unless otherwise instructed by your MD. These medications do not need to be “tapered off”.
I have just completed one treatment plan. Do I need another prescription for all of my medications?
Most of the prescriptions we order should have at least 2 refills. If you are unsure, please contact the pharmacy where you originally got your medications from and see if they have any more refills listed. If you are out of refills, you may ask the pharmacy to send over a refill request form.
Can I donate my leftover medications?
Yes! We accept UNUSED medications and supplies for donation. Please do not bring in used or medications, as we cannot donate those medications to other patients.
What do I do with my full sharps container?
You may throw your full sharps container into the trash, once you have sealed the lid closed. Please do not bring them into our office, as we are not able to discard them for you.