The Pill and IVF


The results of a new study that looks at the use of birth control pills with IVF was just released. This is not the first study of its kind, but it is the largest. The sample included 1800 women at the infertility and IVF section of the Helen Schneider Hospital for Women. In addition, it is the first time that this type study also looked at the woman’s age, the ovarian response, specific characteristics of the patient’s cycle and the birth of the baby.

The researchers were from the Rabin Medical Center and the Tel Aviv University’s School of Medicine. In addition, there were also folks from a related infertility center that were involved in conducting the study.

Currently, eggs are harvested with the onset of a women’s period. However, there are often many obstacles that can make this stressful. To begin with, scheduling an appointment is often a struggle because of how busy many clinics are. In addition, women may be sick or might have a hard time getting off from work in time to make the appointment. Situations such as these sometimes slow the IVF process down.

By using the birth control pills, the study found that women can take the pill for 10-14 days after their period and still fall within a scheduling window that allows for optimal egg retrieval. Having the flexibility for scheduling the procedure makes the process a little less stressful for everyone involved.

And…reducing stress is one of the important keys in a successful IVF experience!!

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