Increased gonadotrophin stimulation does not improve IVF outcomes in patients with predicted poor ovarian reserve

Dharmawijaya N. Lekamge, Michelle Lane, Robert B. Gilchrist, Kelton P. Tremellen

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Abstract

Purpose: This retrospective study was carried out to evaluate whether increasing the starting dose of FSH stimulation above the standard dose of 150 IU/day in patients with low predicted ovarian reserve can improve IVF outcomes. Method: A total of 122 women aged less than 36 years in their first cycle of IVF were identified as having likely low ovarian reserve based on a serum AMH measurement below 14 pmol/l. Thirty five women were administered the standard dose of 150 IU/day FSH, while the remaining 87 received a higher starting dose (200-300 IU/day FSH). There were no significant differences in age, BMI, antral follicle count, serum AMH, FSH or aetiology of infertility between the two dose groups. Results: No significant improvement in oocyte and embryo yield or pregnancy rates was observed following an upward adjustment of FSH starting dose. While increasing the dose of FSH above 150 IU/day did not produce any adverse events such as OHSS, it did consume an extra 1,100 IU of FSH per IVF cycle. Conclusion: The upward FSH dose adjustment in anticipation of low ovarian reserve can not be advocated as it is both expensive and of no proven clinical value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-521
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anti-Müllerian hormone
  • FSH dose adjustment
  • IVF
  • Predicted poor ovarian reserve controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation

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