Prepare For The Trigger Shot
At my fourth monitoring appointment, the doctors and nurses determine everything is looking good to go. I have five mature follicles, which isn’t the greatest news, but it could be worse, and we’re going ahead with the retrieval. I’m to take (another!) injection of HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, that evening— about 36 hours before the retrieval. It’s the same naturally-produced hormone during pregnancy, but in this IVF cycle, it essentially completes maturation of the eggs in order for them to be surgically removed. We’re told to give the shot at a specific time of the evening.