The short protocol for IVF is performed during a shorter time frame. Although our primary target populations are poor responders, low ovarian reserve, and those who have failed previous cycles, we also offer it to those who have a shorter time frame to perform their IVF cycle.
We check the day 2 values of the key ovarian hormones (FSH, LH, E2, Prolactin) and administer Recombinant or highly purified FSH injections along with other specialized growth factors that boost response. Sometimes we may combine with Gonadotropins as well. This is almost always an antagonist cycle when the suppression is given only when the follicles reach a size of 1.3×1.3 cm. The rest of the timing, oocyte retrieval, fertilization and culture techniques are same as the long protocol.