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Posted by Serena Chen, MD on July 13, 19100 at 17:22:44:

In Reply to: QUESTION FOR DOCTOR, PLEASE. posted by Roseanne on July 12, 19100 at 22:55:39:

Dear Roseann:
Good questions. To add to Cory Whelan's comments, lupron also helps prevent premature release of the eggs, before they are ready to be retrieved. "High responder" is usually someone who over - responds to medications, despite using low doses. These are usually people with polycystic ovarian syndrome or very young women. It sounds like you are having the opposite problem, not responding enough to very high doses of medication. Unfortunately, despite all the advances in infertility therapy, this is a problem that we have no real treatment for, other than using donor eggs.
Serena Chen

: Much is being said on this message board about "higher responder protocol", such as BCPs and Lupron. What are they, and can they benefit me? I recently turned 46 and have not responded well to either Gonol-F or Pergonal (8 vials a day of each--perhaps that was TOO much?). I am healthy, youthful looking, and have good, open fallopian tubes. I must have at least a few good eggs left. I feel that I am racing against the clock, but time seems to be running out. HELP!

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