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Natural cycle as first approach in aged patients with elevated FSH

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 01, 2008 | 0 comments

Natural cycle as first approach in aged patients with elevated follicle-stimulating hormone undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection: A pilot study

Background. Poor ovarian response to standard in vitro fertilization–embryo transfer (IVF-ET) protocols or different regimens of treatment, as consequence of a diminished ovarian reserve, correlates strictly with patient age, elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and reduced antral follicle count. The aim of the present pilot study was to evaluate the outcome of patients with poor prognostic features undergoing IVF-ET with natural cycles as a first approach and not as a consequence of a previous failure treatment.

Materials and methods. Eighteen aged patients (mean+standard deviation 40.2+0.7 years, range 37–43 years) with elevated serum FSH and reduced antral follicle count underwent intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) after spontaneous ovulation.

Results. A total of 26 natural cycles with ICSI were analyzed. Pregnancy was observed in three patients, of which two were ongoing as assessed by fetal heart beat at ultrasound scan performed 4–5 weeks after ET.

Conclusion. The overall pregnancy rates achieved (11.5% per cycle, 20.0% per ET) are comparable with those of conventional IVF-ET in aged patients, and not impaired by a single embryo transferred. Better embryo quality, as a consequence of natural selection of oocytes, better endometrium receptivity and monthly repeatability of the procedure, can balance the relatively low chance to perform ET.

Keywords: Aged patients, elevated follicle-stimulating hormone, natural cycle, intracytoplasmic sperm injection

Gynecological Endocrinology, July 2006; 22(7): 351–354

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