Do raised serum luteinizing hormone levels during stimulation for in-vitro fertilization predict outcome?
Previous reports associating raised LH concentrations with reduced fertilization and pregnancy rates in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) have assumed a Gaussian distribution of LH values with IVF treatment. We have determined the serum LH range during ovarian stimulation for IVF with a single regimen of clomiphene citrate/hMG from 102 consecutive IVF conception cycles. The results show a non-Gaussian distribution of LH values. Application of this LH range to a consecutive series of 596 women undergoing IVF treated with this single regimen showed no difference in pregnancy rates, fertilization rates, median number of oocytes fertilized or retrieved when analysed with respect to serum LH concentrations above the 75th or 95th centile for greater than or equal to 3 days of an IVF treatment cycle. We conclude that follicular-phase LH concentrations do not predict IVF fertilization rates or clinical outcome and are not clinically useful in individual patient management.
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ABSTRACT: The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate, among women with normal ovulation or World Health Organization (WHO) II oligoanovulation who undergo ovarian stimulation for IVF using GnRH analogues, whether endogenous LH levels predict the likelihood of ongoing pregnancy beyond 12 weeks. A literature search identified six studies that answered the research question, among which two were prospective studies (one in GnRH agonist and one in GnRH antagonist cycles). None of the retrospective studies suggest that low endogenous LH levels are associated with a significantly decreased probability of ongoing pregnancy beyond 12 weeks in such patients. In the two prospective studies high endogenous LH levels during down-regulation were associated with a decreased probability of ongoing pregnancy beyond 12 weeks. Until further prospective studies modify the existing evidence summarized here, an adverse effect of low endogenous LH levels on the probability of ongoing pregnancy beyond 12 weeks is not a sensible rationale for LH supplementation during ovarian stimulation for IVF using GnRH analogues.
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