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The surprising power of the pill
Date:3/24/2008

cians shoulders too.

Normally doctors start the IVF treatment from the moment a woman gets her period. But the use of birth control pills, for 10-14 days after a period, allows the treatment to be adjusted without compromising the ovarian response to stimulation, says Dr. Pinkas. This way, egg-harvesting can fall on a date mutually convenient to both the clinician and patient.

Study Is Unique and Broad

This study is not the first to investigate the use of the pill in IVF, but it is the largest one performed so far. It is also unique in that it placed an emphasis on the impact of a patients age, her ovarian response, the characteristics of her cycle, and the final outcome a birth.

The bottom line is that the treatment gives a woman comfort without compromising her chances to conceive. Dr. Pinkas says, The IVF process can be very stressful. Adding to that stress is the timing issue. Women need to be able to get on with their lives. This treatment makes it possible.

And while old wives tales persist about days of the month when women can conceive, Dr. Pinkas says it is bunk. The timing of ovulation for different women is spaced out evenly throughout the year. We can schedule a womans ovulation with contraceptive pills, but not with the moon.


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Contact: George Hunka
ghunka@aftau.org
American Friends of Tel Aviv University
Source:Eurekalert  

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