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empty follicle Syndrome

A: Hello Patrice from the U.S., "empty follicle" syndrome is a description/name of a condition that is found when no eggs are retrieved from obviously adequate sized follicles.  It can occur at any age, but seems to be more prevalent the older one gets.  So, a woman in her 40"s could still have regular menstrual cycles and ovulation, but no egg will be ovulated so pregnancy does not occur.  With IVF, we find this when we go to retrieve and get no eggs back.  It is thought that this is the "normal natural condition" in the aging ovary.  A woman essentially runs out of eggs.  However, that does not seem to be the case in younger woman, since younger women stil have a full complement of...
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empty follicles

A: Hi Morena, Since our IVF pregnancy success rates are amongst the highest in the world, and since many women come here from other states and countries to undergo IVF, I feel highly qualified to answer your questions (about IVF and empty follicle syndrome). 1. Why is this condition more prevalent in thin women? (as my RE stated). I am 5 ft; 103 lbs. ==> It"s not.  In fact, it may be more prevalent in heavy women and certainly is seen more often in older (>40) women. 2. Could this mean that my egg reserve is low? I am 29. ==> Our average IVF patient has peak E2 levels in the 2,000+ range.  How high over 1,000 was your level?  What did your cycle day 3 FSH/E2 ovarian reserve test show?  How long ago was...
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Is there any treatment for empty follicle Syndrome?

A: Researchers reported in the journal ''Human Research, Vol 14, #7, pp 1703-1709, 1999 that a 31 year old patient with polycystic ovarian disease, was successfully treated with HCG. The patient had 5 years of infertility prior to treatment. ''empty follicle'' syndrome is a description/name of a condition that is found when no eggs are retrieved from obviously adequate sized follicles. It can occur at any age, but seems to be more prevalent the older one gets. So, a woman in her 40''s could still have regular menstrual cycles and ovulation, but no egg will be ovulated so pregnancy does not occur. With IVF, we find this when we go to retrieve and get no eggs back. It is thought that this is the ''normal natural...


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empty follicles at retrieval at age 44

A: Hello Allison, This cycle showed that your ovaries could be stimulated, however, one of the problems seen with advanced reproductive age is an increase in "empty follicles", just as you have experienced.  Despite you successes in pregnancy in the past, and most recently, your chances are significantly reduced because of your age.  The take home message is, if you want to have a genetic child, then you will have to keep trying with the hope that one of these cycles will yield a good egg and be successful.  That chance, however, is pretty low.  The other option would be to use Donor eggs, in which case your chances would be very high.  My recommendation would be to pursue Donor eggs, unless you have the fortitude...


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empty follicles during IVF attempt

A: Dear Helen, Thank you for your question and your history.  IVF is certainly the best option for you at your age, notwithstading the sperm problem.  I recommend that you continue. What happened in this first cycle is called "empty follicle syndrome."  It is not very common but common enough.  I have had three cases in my 15 years of doing IVF.  Most often, it is due to inadquate HCG stimulation.  Either an inadequate dose was given, the injection was not given properly or it was a bad batch of HCG.  I used to use a generic HCG but since those three cases, I have switched to a recombitant HCG calle Ovidrel.  It is made by Serono.  I would recommend this medication in your next cycle. We...
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'empty follicle syndrome'

A: Hi Lisa, Did your RE tell you what HIS, individual IVF success rate is for 44 year olds?  If not, you should ask. I suggest you seek out a second opinion from a qualified, boarded RE before considering another attempt.  Although you produced follicles, your likelihood of success may be lower than you think.  While it is possible to produce more eggs on another attempt, the success rate with women in your age category is generally very, very low. Hope this helps, Dr. Roseff - Director of W.E. C.A.R.E. in West Orange, NJ PERSONALIZED/Individualized Successful care by a Board Certified specialist in a warm and caring setting.... www.reproendo.com/ivfsuccess.htm =============== Since I don"t know your entire history and haven"t examined...
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follicles and retrieved eggs...

A: Hi Dave, The stimulation protocol does indeed have a lot to do with how many eggs are ultimately retrieved.  Another factor can be age - one a woman is 40, her fertility can literally "turn on a dime", and I"ve seen patients go from ok to not ok in a month or two.  Also, not every mature-sized follicle necessarily contains an egg - There"s something called "The empty follicle Syndrome" that is more frequently seen in women in their 40"s compared to women under 40.  Also, not every acupuncturist "specializes" in fertility, so a change from one acupuncturist to another can possibly make a difference. Have you seen your IVF facility"s success rate for 40 year old women?  Many/most centers post...
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Cancer of Hair follicles?

A: Some one may get skin cancer from having head exposed to too much sun and may also get cancer from exposure to too many chemicals. The fact that it showed up in the hair follicles is just a way it presents. I am assuming that you do not mean follicular cancer because that is just a description of how the cells look under a microscope and do not necessarily describe where the cancer is. Chemo and radiation are methods of treating cancer. The doctors prescribe the treatment that is least harmful for the most amount of cure. Doctors do not determine when people will die, people who are sick do. Some have a greater will to live than others and others are just too sick to hang on any longer. Nothing is absolute. Thank you for answering so quickly I believe it...


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Ovarian Failure at 32?

A: Hello Kate, At your age, the outcome of your IVF cycles were certainly unusual.  I have not seen that before, but that may be because I use different protocols.  I use a protocol called a "mixed protocol", which uses both Follistim (purified fSH) and Menopur (FSH & LH).  There have been studies showing better outcome and response with the mixed protocols.  In addition, I use up to 600IU of FSH.  Did you use that much? Without reviewing your IVF cycle records, it is difficult to comment on what may be going on.  I would have expected a lot more follicles, a lot more eggs retrieved and certainly more fertilization at your age.  Before I would recommend Donor IVF, you might want to consider trying a different IVF center because...
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Please help me figure out where to begin!

A: Hi Kim, We sure have a lot on our plate, here. I would suspect that all the remedies that you have taken, has made your body highly toxic. (1). Vaginitis The symptoms of vaginitis or inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the vagina, include a burning and/ or itching sensation and abnormal vaginal discharge. Vaginitis may be caused by bacterial or fungal infection, Vitamin B deficiency, intestinal worms, or irritation from excessive douching or the use of products as deodorant sprays. Infectious vaginitis is often caused by trichomonas, gonococci, or other sexually transmitted organisms. Other factors such as poor hygiene and tight, porous clothing may contribute to the problem. Pregnancy, diabetes, and the use of antibiotics, disturb the body?s natural balance, creating...


 
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