Stimulation response

The more eggs you get, the greater your chances of having a baby with IVF. Although age is the most important factor affecting the number of follicles that develop and the number of eggs you get, the fact is some women respond well to hormone stimulation and others don't, and these differences aren't just age-related. For example, some women in their late thirties get 20 eggs while some women in their late twenties struggle to get a few eggs.

MER If you get only a few eggs in a stimulated cycle, your doctor will usually increase your dose of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) if you try another cycle (refer to Chapter 6). This increase in FSH may increase the number of eggs you get, but only to a point. In most cases your response to FSH tends to stay within a certain range, so if you get three eggs on the first cycle and the dose of FSH is increased on the second cycle, you may get six eggs but you're unlikely to get, say, 15 or 20. Likewise, if you respond well in the first cycle and have the same dose of FSH in subsequent cycles, you're likely to respond well again each time.

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