Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2022; 26 (15): 5503-5508

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202208_29420

The effect of growth hormone addition protocols to poor ovarian responders in in vitro fertilization cycles

R.A. Bender, C. Ozcan, R. Aslancan, B. Akar, E. Caliskan

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Biruni University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. r.adabender@gmail.com


OBJECTIVE: In vitro fertilization failure (IVF) is high in women with poor ovarian response or non-responder. For this reason, the addition of adjuvant treatments to IVF protocols has come to the fore. We assessed to investigate the effects of adjuvant GH therapy initiated in the mid-luteal phase on IVF success in poor ovarian response or non-responder women.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in 93 poor ovarian response or non-responder women from a single center. GH treatment was added (GH-plus group) in the mid-luteal phase of the previous menstrual cycle to 47 of the women who underwent controlled ovarian stimulation with the flexible antagonist protocol. 46 women, as another group, were applied to a flexible antagonist-only protocol (GH-free group). The IVF outcome results were evaluated and compared within the groups.

RESULTS: The number of retrieved oocytes was statistically significantly higher in the GH-plus group (2.28±1.975) than in the GH-free group (1.24±1.728) (p=0.01). Although statistically insignificant (p=0.55), the clinical pregnancy rate was higher in the GH-plus group [(8/47), 17%] than in the GH-free group [(5/46, 11%]. The cancellation rate was statistically significantly higher in the GH-free group (65.2%) than in the GH-plus group (44.7%) (p=0.04). No oocyte retrieved cycle rate was higher in the GH-free group (56%) than in the GH-plus group (25%) (p=0.002).

CONCLUSIONS: Adjuvant GH therapy administration to IVF protocol in the mid-luteal phase gives poor ovarian response or non-responder women a chance to have a baby.

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R.A. Bender, C. Ozcan, R. Aslancan, B. Akar, E. Caliskan
The effect of growth hormone addition protocols to poor ovarian responders in in vitro fertilization cycles

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2022
Vol. 26 - N. 15
Pages: 5503-5508
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202208_29420