What is new to help women who are “Poor Responders”, or produce very few eggs?
The term “ Poor Responder” is used widely in the Fertility Treatment Specialty, and is one, which we really don’t like.
All women or couples who consult Fertility Specialists at Ballarat IVF have a problem, and a proportion have low Ovarian reserve. This may be due to their age, or other reasons, for example genetic issues, or previous complex ovarian surgery.
The challenge when looking after a woman with low ovarian reserve is that, despite best efforts, she may only develop one or two eggs per IVF stimulation cycle. Those eggs may, or may not develop into an embryo, and with all the delays between cycles, there can be months between attempts at egg collections, and subsequent embryo transfers.
The Fertility Specialists at Ballarat IVF have recently been offering an innovative regimen, based on high quality, multicentre research published in Fertility & Sterility in September 2016.
This Regimen, called DUOSTIM, involves having two stimulation cycles in a very short space of time, with a gap of only five days from the end of the first cycle to the start of the second cycle.
This regimen takes advantage of the normal process of follicular development, where a group of immature oocytes start development as the follicles in the first cycle mature.
The results of published data suggest that, on average, a woman will develop one or two more follicles with the second part of DUOSTIM compared with the first, and that embryo quality is comparable between both steps on the cycle.
DUOSTIM may be performed for any woman, except over responders, and we offer it during fertility preservation treatments, such as oocyte freezing, or pre chemo IVF.
Important matters to consider if you are thinking about whether DUOSTIM is a treatment for you is that all embryos must be frozen, and that if you have had low egg numbers, or poor embryo development, despite all our collective efforts, you may still not have any embryos to freeze.
If you wish to have further information about this new treatment option, please email or call our Fertility Nurses for a free consultation.
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