Monitoring of stimulated cycles in assisted reproduction (IVF and ICSI)

Irene Kwan, Siladitya Bhattacharya, Angela Kang, Andrea Woolner

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Abstract

Background:
Traditional monitoring of ovarian hyperstimulation during in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment has included transvaginal ultrasonography (TVUS) plus serum estradiol levels to ensure safe practice by reducing the incidence and severity of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) whilst achieving the good ovarian response needed for assisted reproduction treatment. The need for combined monitoring (using TVUS and serum estradiol) during ovarian stimulation in assisted reproduction is controversial. It has been suggested that combined monitoring is time consuming, expensive and inconvenient for women and that simplification of IVF and ICSI therapy by using TVUS only should be considered.

Objectives:
To assess the effect of monitoring controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) in IVF and ICSI cycles in subfertile couples with TVUS only versus TVUS plus serum estradiol concentration, with respect to rates of live birth, pregnancy and OHSS.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD005289
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number8
Early online date24 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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