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IVF Treatment for PCOS
In Vitro Fertilization for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Infertility

IVF Success Rates with PCOS

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PCOS and IVF Success

The large majority of women with PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, that have not gotten pregnant with other treatments will be able to get pregnant and have a baby with IVF (in vitro fertilization) if they are under 40 and do their IVF at a high quality clinic.

IVF clinics are not all the same - learn more about IVF pregnancy success rates.


Controlling Multiple Pregnancy Risks with PCOS


Our IVF PCOS Success Rates and Statistics

  • In general, IVF success rates are excellent for cases with infertility caused by PCOS
  • In our in vitro fertilization program we see PCOS pregnancy statistics of about 60% for a live birth rate per egg retrieval (woman under age 35). This is dependent on several factors including whether one or two embryos are transferred to the uterus.
  • We have had many PCOS IVF success stories...
  • See our IVF live birth success rates

IVF Protocols for PCOS

We specialize in treating women with PCOS and have 2 IVF stimulation protocols that we commonly use with PCOS:

  1. Ganirelix with Lupron trigger protocol - this is what we currently use in order to avoid ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
  2. PCOS down-regulation protocol (below)

The down-regulation PCOS IVF protocol combines:


The calendar below shows the down-regulation protocol for PCOS

  • We use metformin, usually at a dose of 500mg 3 times daily for at least a month before starting Lupron
  • Then, oral contraceptive pills for about 21 days (last 4 days of OCP shown on calendar)
  • Lupron overlaps with the last 3 birth control pills
  • Ovarian stimulation starts after 6 or 7 "pill free" days
  • Careful control of the dose of injectable FSH hormone and cautious monitoring of the ovarian response is important with polycystic ovary cases
  • We do our very best to avoid over-responding, which can result in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

OCP

2

OCP/Lupron

3

OCP/Lupron

4

OCP/Lupron

5

Lupron

6

Lupron

7

Lupron

8

Lupron

9

Lupron

10

Lupron

11

Lupron

Start ovarian stimulation

Day 1 of stim

12

Lupron

Day 2 of stim

13

Lupron

Day 3 of stim

14

Lupron

Day 4 of stim

15

Lupron

Day 5 of stim

16

Lupron

Day 6 of stim

17

Lupron

Day 7 of stim

18

Lupron

Day 8 of stim

19

Lupron

Day 9 of stim

20

Lupron

HCG injection

Day 10 of stim

21

22

Egg retrieval

Day of fertilization

23 24

25

Day 3 transfer

26

27

Day 5 transfer

28

Key to table:

  • Lupron = subcutaneous injection of a medication called Lupron (GnRH agonist). This medication is taken once daily
  • HCG injection = injection of a medication called HCG, which causes the eggs to complete maturation. This is taken only once in the cycle.
  • Egg retrieval procedure = the procedure that gets eggs from the ovaries
  • Embryo transfer procedure = the procedure putting embryos back in the uterus
  • Most women need 4 to 6 visits for monitoring the stimulation (not shown on this calendar) before they get the HCG trigger shot
  • The duration of the ovarian stimulation process can be shorter or longer than shown. This example shows 10 days of stimulation before the HCG trigger
  • The average number of days of stimulation is 9-10, with a range of 7 to 14 days

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