Monday, July 09, 2012

Treating the older woman - who should decide when treatment is futile ?

Oocyte viewed with HMC

We often treat older women with high FSH levels and poor ovarian reserve, who want me to do IVF for them with their own eggs. I explain to  them that realistically their chances of getting pregnant with their own eggs is poor, and there is a high probability that we may end up canceling the cycle , because it is possible they may not grow eggs at all, in spite of aggressive superovulation.

Most of these women are older professionals, who are educated , well-informed , mature and intelligent . They  have very realistic expectations of what technology can do for them. Even though they understand their chances are poor , they still want to try.


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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:11 PM

    I agree with you Dr. Malpani. Its never a good idea to give false hopes. They do more damage than the ugly truth most of the times.


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