No difference in effectiveness of daily vs weekly fertility shots

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One of the biggest complaints of fertility treatments are the pain, stress and inconvenience of daily hormone injections. Now, a long-lasting weekly injection of fertility hormones has been developed and has been determined to be as safe and as effective as standard daily injections.

No difference in pregnancy or miscarriage rates

Most women who undergo fertility treatment endure daily injectionso f follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) to increase the number of eggs that their ovaries release each month. For in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the eggs are then harvested or removed and fertilized outside the body to be re-implanted later. Daily hormone injections are painful and the anticipation of daily shots causes stress and anxiety. Neither good for fertility. The new longer-lasting FSH, called corifollitropin alfa, has been developed and introduced for use. One injection replaces the first seven days of FSH injections required in the previous, standard treatment. Researchers compared the weekly and daily hormone injections in a Cochrane systemic review and found in difference in resultant pregnancies or side effects.

Equally as safe with similar side effects

“These results show that the new long-acting injections are a safe treatment option and equally effective in medium doses compared to the standard daily injections,” said Jan Kremer, author of the review based at the Radboud University Nigmegen Medical Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Patient friendly treatment makes people happier

“One of the main reasons weekly injections are considered preferable to daily injections is that they are more patient friendly,” continued Kremer. “So are couples undergoing fertility treatment happier with weekly injections? We would like to see research addressing this question.”

Source: MedicalNewsToday, Wiley-Blackwell


 
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