From The Times
By Mark Henderson
Infertile couples may be wasting money and setting back their chances of pregnancy by delaying IVF in favour of hormone-injection treatment, research has indicated.
Unless couples have obvious fertility problems, such as a low sperm count or blocked Fallopian tubes, most clinics put patients through several treatments before trying IVF. Yet one of these treatments, the injection of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), achieves nothing more than lengthening the time it takes couples to conceive, according to a study in the US.
The first stage of the traditional treatment plan is usually to give women a drug called clomiphene or Clomid, which promotes ovulation. If this fails, women then progress to FSH injections, which trigger multiple ovulations. This is usually combined with intra-uterine insemination (IUI), in which sperm is injected directly into the womb to ensure that more reach the egg. Only once these procedures have been tried without success does IVF begin.
Nice. More news contrary to old research. Great. Check out the Dish from July 19th on scientists recommending building up to IVF to save money and effort. We think of this as the Bruce Lee movie mentality. You have to fight through all of the minions until you get to the big boss. And the minions insist on fighting you one at a time instead of ganging up. And just when Bruce Lee (infertility) thinks they’ve won the day, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comes out of nowhere and kick infertility in the chest with his size 20 feet. In this scenario, we hope that Bruce Lee loses and doesn’t smash holes in the walls to confuse the light-sensitive giant. Uh, maybe you should just rent the movie Game Of Death; it will do a better job with this analogy. Just remember when watching Bruce Lee = Infirtility, the house = a woman's womb, and Kareem = IVF. Got it?