Adrenal response to adrenocorticotropin stimulation in unexplained infertile women

I. Cohen, J. Blanstein, R. Ben-Michael, B. Lunenfeld, A. Eshkol

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Abstract

The response to a rapid intravenous administration of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH, cortrosyn) was compared in 24 unexplained infertile women and 13 fertile women. There was no significant difference in the response to a rapid ACTH stimulation as expressed by the slope of testosterone (T) response in both groups. However, the individual and mean T values prior and following the stimulation were significantly higher in the infertile group (P < 0.001; P < 0.005, respectively). There was no significant difference in individual values as well as in mean basal values or in mean values of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) after the stimulation between the two study groups (P < 0.3; P < 0.9, respectively). There was no significant difference in individual values as well as in mean values of dehydroepiadnrosterone (DHEA) before or 90 min after the stimulation between the two study groups (P < 0.1; P < 0.2, respectively). It can therefore be concluded that the elevated basal testosterone values in the infertile group originated from the ovary. Despite the fact that no attempt was made to reduce androgen values 7 (46.66%) of 15 infertile women who were available for follow-up and treatment conceived following ovulation induction therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1988
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adrenocorticotropin test
  • Unexplained infertile women

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