Re: Q for drs about retrieving 3-4 follicles?

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Posted by Jessica R. Brown,, MD on April 30, 19100 at 21:45:04:

In Reply to: Q for drs about retrieving 3-4 follicles? posted by theresa on April 29, 19100 at 17:51:31:

Dear Theresa: There are many considerations. What is your age? What protocol did you use? Have you been stimulated before with other protocols? Are you on Lupron? What happens if you do not get pregnant- is doing another cycle an option or can you only afford one cycle? Finally, what is your IVF program's recommendation and experience with patients in your situation? In our program (NYU) we have had pregnancies in younger women with as few as 1-2 eggs (although obviously the pregnancy rate per cycle is diminished in such cases). Women over 40 are generally cancelled if we anticipate retrieving fewer than 5 oocytes. If your doctor thinks you may produce more eggs with a different stimulation protocol he or she may recommend cancelling this cycle. Good luck to you.

: I am on day 10 of my first IVF cycle and have 5 follicles but 2 are smaller than others. If those two don't catch up is it still worth retrieving 3 or 4 follicles? I am on 6 amps of Gonal-F, how many more could I safely take if I was to consider just doing an IUI this cycle and try again? Thanks for any advice.

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