The number of oocytes retrieved for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has a major influence on the number of embryos developed and pregnancy success. This study was designed to investigate the ovarian response in the same patient under the same and different stimulation protocols. In group A, 19 patients underwent two consecutive cycles, both stimulated with human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG). Group B comprised 27 patients who experienced two successive cycles treated with the combination of long-acting gonadotrophin releasing hormone analogue (GnRHa) and HMG. Group C included 27 patients whose first cycle was stimulated with HMG alone, and their second with a GnRHa/HMG combination. The mean number of HMG ampoules administered and the duration of treatment were similar in both cycles of group A and B patients while in group C, both the amount and duration of HMG administration were significantly higher and longer in the combined protocol compared to HMG alone. This study demonstrates an identical ovarian response using the same mode of stimulation in repeated cycles, and a significantly improved response with the GnRHa/HMG combination compared with HMG alone in the same patient.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - May 1990|
- GnRHa analogues
- Human menopausal gonadotrophin
- Ovulation induction