Re: Question for Drs.: Birth control pills

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Posted by Larry Grunfeld, MD on May 02, 19100 at 16:41:51:

In Reply to: Question for Drs.: Birth control pills posted by Diane D on May 02, 19100 at 15:15:59:

Miscarriage after IVF is most often due to embryo developmental problems. Most of these are chromosomally abnormal. You should be sure that the cytotechnician who evaluated the chromosomes did not confuse your own body cells with embryonic cells and report a normal embryo incorrectly.
Changing the stimulation is common. Birth control pills are used to rest the ovary if there are any cysts and to help the initiation of lupron. The data that they result in better success rates is not convincing. There is not a major difference between gonal F and Follistim.

Good luck on your next cycle.

Larry Grunfeld, MD

: I had an IVF done in Feb. I became pregnant. In my 7th week, I passed a blood clot and found out several days later that there wasn't a heartbeat. Some immune tests done (not whole panel) they were normal as was genetics test on the embryo. I had poor embryo development after retrieval.

: As part of my next protocol, my RE is putting me on birth control pills after next period. I forgot to ask what this will do? I was on Lupron and Follistum. Also is Gonal F any better?

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