Is it better for PCOS ladies to go on the pill for a period of time? a) Leading up to IVF or any other stimulation treatment to improve response? (If so how long?) b) For the prevention of cysts leading up to stimulation treatment? (If so how long?)Thursday, March 13th, 2008
a) The use of the pill during IVF is essentially for planning from a logistical point of view. However, with PCOS it has the added benefit of giving the patients a regular cycle prior to an IVF attempt, as well as keeping the ovaries quiescent, theoretically leading to easier recruitment of follicles due to hormonal quiescence. This can be between 30 to 60 days depending on the indication
b) The pill definitely leads to prevention of cyst formation due to hormonal quiescence. A period of 30 to 90 days depending on the indication.
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