Global Women's Health Academy

Optimising Ovarian Stimulation: Improving Outcomes Across the Patient Spectrum

    World population prospects were presented at the United Nations in 2013 and addressed directly global fertility projections. Fertility rates for ma...

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    • Overview

      World population prospects were presented at the United Nations in 2013 and addressed directly global fertility projections. Fertility rates for many developed countries continue to decline and are projected to do so for the foreseeable future. As part of updating of the WHO Global Guidelines for infertility diagnosis, management and interventions for treatment initiated in January 2012, Guideline Development Groups were assembled. These focus on female subfertility; male subfertility, ovarian stimulation for ART, IVF and ICSI, IUI with and without ovarian stimulation, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); endometriosis, fertility interventions; and environmental effects on fertility, with the call to enhance fertility awareness at the country, if not regional, level.1,2

      Substantial educational and practice needs have been identified demonstrating how poor understanding of myriad causes of female infertility by clinicians results in their failure to appropriately consider the full value offered to affected women through assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs).

      This module addresses for the participant follicular development and the impact of ovarian ageing; introduces various ovarian stimulation protocols, stressing those that are standard protocols and also how to individualise protocols for different patient types; provides a focus on optimising outcomes in polycystic ovary; and lastly, discusses how to predict and manage ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

    • Learning Objectives

      At the completion of this module, participants will be better able to:

      1. Knowledgeably discuss folliculogenesis and the impact of ovarian aging
      2. Describe ovarian stimulation protocols and the importance of individualizing these protocols for specific patient demographics
      3. Incorporate specific ovarian stimulation protocols for patients with polycystic ovary
      4. Predict and more confidently manage ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
    • Commercial Support

      This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
       
      Original Release Date: 13 January 2015
      Expiration Date: 13 January 2017

       

      Contact Information

      In case of technical needs, please contact: info@globalfertilityacademy.org

    • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

      COURSE DIRECTOR

      Pasquale Patrizio, MD, MBE, HCLD
      Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology 
      Director, Yale Fertility Center
      Yale University
      New Haven, CT
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      Advisor: EMD Serono

      AUTHOR

      Pasquale Patrizio, MD, MBE, HCLD
      Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology 
      Director, Yale Fertility Center
      Yale University
      New Haven, CT
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      Advisor: EMD Serono

      REVIEWER

      Michael J. Tucker, PhD, FIBiol, HCLD
      IVF Laboratory Director
      Shady Grove Fertility RSC
      Rockville, MD
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationship reported

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