Saturday, July 20, 2019

Cancelling the IVF cycle because of a poor ovarian response

IVF patients who have a poor ovarian response are often not sure what to do. 
When they grow very few follicles inspite of taking lots of injections, they are understandably depressed and upset. Few follicles = few  eggs = few embryos, which means their chances of success are not very bright.
One option is to cancel the cycle. However, the problem with this is that it's very unlikely that the next cycle will be any better , because poor ovarian response is often biologically determined. 
And unless they've gone to a clinic which is bad,  or if they feel that their doctor was incompetent and did not do a good job with superovulating them, then this is a biological constraint they need to learn to live with.
Often a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and if it's going to give you peace of mind that you gave it your best shot, it's better to go on with the cycle , even if the response is poor, rather than to stop halfway. This is especially true if your AMH and AFC are low, or if you have had a poor response in an earlier IVF cycle as well

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