FOLLICLE STIMULATING HORMONE (FSH) THERAPY INSTRUCTIONS
- FSH is a hormone found naturally in your body.
- You have been prescribed additional FSH medications to help you produce more and improve the quality of your follicles/eggs.
- Your doctor can choose between various brands of FSH medications (Gonal F, Follistim, Bravelle, Menopur and Repronex).
- Treatment usually requires 8-12 days of injections during which several ultrasounds and blood tests (estrogen/E2) will be performed to carefully monitor your progress.
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)/OVIDREL, is the final injection given to trigger ovulation.
- See the Sample Hybrid Calendar; Sample FSH Calendar
FSH OVULATION INDUCTION INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1: Review all information in yellow folder. (You will get this when you have your consult with our doctor)
Review and sign ovulation induction consent form. Signatures required from both partners. Signatures must be witnessed by TFC staff or notary public. THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO START YOUR MEDICATIONS.
Step 2: AT LEAST 1 WEEK BEFORE YOUR ANTICIPATED CYCLE START DATE, CONTACT A CLINICAL NURSE TO ORDER YOUR MEDICATIONS.
Most insurance companies require a prior authorization which will cause a delay in obtaining your medications (and then your stimulation will have to be postponed). It is your responsibility to check with your insurance company for any special requirements.
Step 3: View on-line instructions at: Injection teaching
ORDERING YOUR MEDICATIONS:
It is important to plan ahead to obtain your medication from the pharmacy. Not every pharmacy stocks this specialty medication and prices can vary widely. These are a few pharmacies that keep your medications in stock:
Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy (mail order) 800-424-9002
Freedom Drug (Mail Order) 800-660-4283
Metro Drug Pharmacy (Mail Order) 212-260-2653
Dipomat Pharmacy (Mail Order) 800-550-6272
Keystone Pharmacy (Grand Rapids) 616-974-9792
Portage Pharmacy (Portage) 269-327-0033
Twin Valley Pharmacy ( Battle Creek) 269-964-9467
You can contact any of these pharmacies to check your insurance coverage. The above mail order pharmacies will call you to arrange billing/shipping and will ship meds overnight (except Sundays and holidays). Your initial prescription will include several refills so you can call for refills as needed.
Contact a clinical nurse at the office when ready to order your medication.
Grand Rapids office: Phone: 616- 988-2229. Kalamazoo office: Phone: 269-324-5100