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Dr Thum writes…

Following on from the last issue Christina has been matched with a recipient and started another egg sharing IVF treatment. After going through the data obtained from her last stimulation cycle, I have modified her stimulation protocol slightly; hopefully it will help to achieve a better outcome.

At Lister we routinely invite couples to come back for a follow-up appointment after a failed cycle. We will use the information that we obtained from their last failed cycle to tailor a better stimulation protocol for a future treatment cycle. In Christina’s case I agreed that she should have an endometrium scratch to enhance implantation.

Christina started her treatment cycle in November – she had 13 days of injection for stimulation and during that stimulation period she attended the Lister clinic five times to monitor her follicular growth, and she was subsequently ready for egg collection in mid-November. Her response to the stimulation in this cycle was very good: she had more follicles than in her previous cycle. At Lister we routinely monitor the patient’s oestrogen, LH and progesterone levels during stimulation cycles. We would only proceed to do vaginal egg collection when the blood test levels are at the optimum level with satisfactory follicular size.

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