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High ovarian response does not jeopardize ongoing pregnancy rates and increases cumulative pregnancy rates in a GnRH-antagonist protocol.
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PMID:  23136144     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY QUESTION: Is the ovarian response to controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) related to the ongoing pregnancy rate when taking into account the main covariates affecting the probabilities of pregnancy following fresh embryo transfer?
SUMMARY ANSWER: In patients treated with corifollitropin alfa or daily recombinant FSH (rFSH) in a GnRH-antagonist protocol, a high ovarian response did not compromise ongoing pregnancy rates and increased cumulative pregnancy rates following fresh and frozen-thawed embryo transfer.
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS: A strong association between the number of oocytes and pregnancy rates has been described but this is the first comprehensive analysis assessing important confounders that might affect pregnancy rates.
STUDY DESIGN: In a large, prospective, double-blind, randomized trial (Engage; n = 1506), patients were treated with either a single dose of 150 μg corifollitropin alfa or daily 200 IU rFSH for the first 7 days of COS in a GnRH-antagonist (ganirelix) protocol. In this retrospective analysis, patients were categorized into five groups according to the number of oocytes retrieved (0-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-18 and >18 oocytes). The number of good-quality embryos obtained and transferred, as well as the ongoing pregnancy rates, live birth rates and cumulative ongoing pregnancy rates per started cycle by group were evaluated. Univariate analysis was performed to identify factors that predict the chance of ongoing pregnancy. Logistic regression analysis on the dependent variables ongoing pregnancy and cumulative ongoing pregnancy, respectively, including oocyte category as an independent factor in the model, was performed by treatment group (corifollitropin alfa and rFSH) and overall. The likelihood of ongoing pregnancy and cumulative ongoing pregnancy was then evaluated taking into account ovarian response as well as other identified significant predictors of success.
PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: In total, 1506 patients had been randomized in a ratio of 1:1 to either of the treatment groups. Patients were aged ≤ 36 years and had a body weight >60 kg.
MAIN RESULTS AND THE ROLE OF CHANCE: The ongoing pregnancy rates per started cycle increased in the corifollitropin alfa and rFSH groups from 31.9 and 31.3%, respectively, in the lowest response group (0-5 oocytes) to 41.9 and 43.4% in the highest response group (>18 oocytes) with a significant linear trend (P = 0.04). The cumulative pregnancy rates taking frozen-thawed embryo transfers into account increased from 33.0 and 31.3% to 60.8 and 55.9% in the corifollitropin alfa and rFSH groups, respectively. Univariate logistic regression analyses of ongoing pregnancy showed significant effects for the following factors: embryo transfer (double or single, P < 0.01), region of treatment (North America or Europe, P < 0.01), progesterone level on the day of hCG (>1.5 or ≤ 1.5 ng/ml, P < 0.01), start day of the stimulation (cycle day 2 or 3, P = 0.02) and age (P = 0.04). Logistic regression analysis of ongoing pregnancy using 10-13 oocytes as the reference category, per treatment group and overall revealed estimated odds ratios (OR) close to 1.0 versus the reference, without statistically significant differences with and without adjustment for significant predictive factors affecting pregnancy rates. Unadjusted OR for cumulative pregnancy reflected significantly lower odds of pregnancy for the lowest response group and significantly higher odds of pregnancy for the highest response group in comparison with the reference. When adjusted for the predictive factors, the cumulative ongoing pregnancy OR (95% confidence interval) of the highest response group versus the reference group was 1.87 (1.34-2.59) when the data of both treatment groups were pooled.
BIAS, CONFOUNDING AND OTHER REASONS FOR CAUTION: The number of covariates included in the final model was limited to five major factors and not all other potentially significant predictive factors were available for evaluation.
GENERALIZABILITY TO OTHER POPULATIONS: This analysis is limited to IVF patients with a regular menstrual cycle up to 36 years of age and a body weight >60 and ≤ 90 kg treated with a GnRH-antagonist protocol and cannot be extrapolated to other patient populations or treatment regimens.
Human M Fatemi; Kevin Doody; Georg Griesinger; Han Witjes; Bernadette Mannaerts
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-11-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human reproduction (Oxford, England)     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1460-2350     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum. Reprod.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-16     Completed Date:  2013-07-25     Revised Date:  2014-09-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701199     Medline TA:  Hum Reprod     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  442-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate
Embryo Transfer
Follicle Stimulating Hormone / therapeutic use*
Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Human / therapeutic use*
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone / antagonists & inhibitors*
Likelihood Functions
Logistic Models
Oocyte Retrieval
Oocytes / drug effects,  growth & development
Ovulation Induction / methods*
Pregnancy Rate*
Retrospective Studies
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Human; 0/follicle stimulating hormone, human, with HCG C-terminal peptide; 33515-09-2/Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone; 9002-68-0/Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Erratum In:
Hum Reprod. 2014 Sep;29(9):2074-5

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