Comparison Pregnancy Outcomes Between Minimal Stimulation Protocol and Conventional GnRH Antagonist Protocols in Poor Ovarian Responders

  • Shamim Pilehvari Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ensieh Shahrokh Tehraninejad Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Batool Hosseinrashidi Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Fatemeh Keikhah Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Fedyeh Haghollahi Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Elham Aziminekoo Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: In Vitro Fertilization, Conventional Antagonist Protocol, Minimal Stimulation Protocol, Poor Ovarian Responders

Abstract

Objective: To compare the pregnancy outcomes achieved by in vitro fertilization (IVF) between minimal stimulation and conventional antagonist protocols in poor ovarian responders (PORs).Materials and methods: In this randomized controlled trial, 77 PORs undergoing IVF were selected and divided into two groups. First group was the minimal stimulation group (n = 42) receiving 100 mg/day clomiphene citrate on day 2of the cycle for 5 day that was followed by150IU/day human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) on day 5 of the cycle. Second group was the conventional group (n = 35) receiving at least 300 IU/daygonadotropin on day 2 of the cycle. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist protocol was applied for both groups according to flexible protocol. Number of retrieved oocytes and chemical pregnancy rate were the main outcomes.Results: There was no difference in number ofretrieved oocyte and pregnancy rate (2.79 ± 1.96 vs. 2.20 ± 1.71 and 5.6% vs. 4.1%; p > 0.05) between both groups. The gonadotropin dose used in the minimal stimulation group was lower than conventional group (1046 ± 596 vs. 2806 ± 583).Conclusion: Minimal stimulation protocol with lower gonadotropin used is likely to be considered as a patient- friendly and cost-effective substitute for PORs. 

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2016-05-15
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Pilehvari S, Shahrokh Tehraninejad E, Hosseinrashidi B, Keikhah F, Haghollahi F, Aziminekoo E. Comparison Pregnancy Outcomes Between Minimal Stimulation Protocol and Conventional GnRH Antagonist Protocols in Poor Ovarian Responders. J Fam Reprod Health. 10(1):35-41.
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