Ovarian stimulation for IVF: mild approaches
SourceMethods in Molecular Biology, 1154, (2014), pp. 305-328
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Methods in Molecular Biology
SubjectRadboudumc 17: Women's cancers RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
In contrast to current approaches, the aim of mild stimulation is to develop safer and more patient-friendly protocols in which the risks of the treatment as a whole are minimized. Mild stimulation is defined as the method when exogenous gonadotropins are administered at lower doses, and/or for a shorter duration in GnRH antagonist co-treated cycles, or when oral compounds (antiestrogens, aromatase inhibitors) are used for ovarian stimulation for IVF, with the aim of limiting the number of oocytes obtained to fewer than eight. In this chapter we discuss the relevant physiology of follicle development, the development of milder stimulation protocols, the implications of mild stimulation, the current state of affairs, and future developments.
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