After I learned that my doctor was recommending a “short protocol” my for my IVF egg retrieval, I spent a couple of hours researching what exactly that meant on the internet. My previous doctor had prescribed a long protocol for my treatment, so I was familiar the administration of suppression and stimulation medications for that type of cycle. But a short protocol? I had no clue what to expect, or how much it would differ.
As the name suggests, it is shorter
It turns out, it wouldn’t have differed much when comparing the stimulation phases of the two. However, unlike a long protocol, the short protocol has no suppression phase. Therefore, short protocol treatment starts on Cycle Day (CD) 2 or 3 of the cycle during which you will have the retrieval.
Here is my actual timeline for my short protocol stimulation phase. It is worth noting that I am doing a freeze-all cycle, so after my stimulation and trigger injections, all other hormonal treatment stopped. The timeline shows when I had my appointments and the other types of services I received from the clinic, and the type of medication I took on which days.
Obviously everyone’s cycle and treatment protocol is different. That said, I hope I can shed some light on what this process might look like for you!