IVF for Polycystic ovarian disease - PCOD
While many patients with polycstic ovarian disease ( polycystic ovarian syndrome) PCOD will conceive with simpler treatment options, IVF still remains the fastest way of helping them to conceive quickly. However, IVF treatment for patients with PCOD is quite complicated and tricky, because superovulating PCOD patients can be quite difficult.
Because PCOD is not common in Caucasians, most IVF clinics in the US and UK do not have much experience in treating patients with PCOD. This often means that the pregnancy rates for IVF for these patients in these clinics is very low. This problem occurs because of two reasons: the difficulty in getting mature eggs; and the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation.
A Common Occurrence
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
Many patients with PCOD will grow too many follicles (more than 25) , or have very high estradiol levels. Consequently, many clinics in the West are forced to cancel the IVF cycle, because of their fear of your developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. (Remember that hyperstimulation cannot occur unless ovulation takes place. Thus, if the doctor withholds the HCG injection, there is no risk of developing hyperstimulation.) However, this means that your cycle gets cancelled and the treatment is wasted. Because of the special technique we use, we do not need to cancel these cycles, and can go ahead with egg collection, thus saving our patients a lot of money, and maximising their chances of conceiving.
While many patients with polycstic ovarian disease ( polycystic ovarian syndrome) PCOD will conceive with simpler treatment options, IVF still remains the fastest way of helping them to conceive quickly