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Protocols for Improved in Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Outcomes

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, November 29, 2007 | 0 comments

Many infertile patients have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant when using in vitro fertilization (IVF). For these patients, many different treatments are available, but none of them have been shown to be better than the others. We are testing which of three different treatments are better than the others. Patients who are expected to have a decreased response to ovarian stimulation will be randomized to either a microflare protocol, an antagonist protocol, or a demi-halt protocol.

Detailed Description:

Infertile patients with an anticipated poor response to ovarian stimulation will be randomized to one of three different protocols in their upcoming IVF cycle. Each of the protocols will be performed as is the standard of care with the addition of serum evaluation during the course of the stimulation as well as follicular fluid analysis which is obtained as a byproduct of the oocyte retrieval. Chart review will be performed to collect background characteristics (including age, ethnicity, previous fertility treatment), treatment response (such as oocyte number, embryo grade, embryo quality), and pregnancy outcome (such as miscarriage, singleton pregnancy, or higher-order multiple pregnancy). Statistical analysis will be performed to determine if one protocol leads to higher pregnancy rates and multivariate analysis will be performed to determine potential etiologic variables.

Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 45 Years

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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