Humanitas Research Hospital Fertility Center

Rozzano, Italy

Humanitas Research Hospital Fertility Center

Rozzano, Italy
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Patrizio P.,Yale University | Vaiarelli A.,Free University of Brussels | Levi Setti P.E.,Humanitas Research Hospital Fertility Center | Tobler K.J.,Johns Hopkins University | And 3 more authors.
Reproductive BioMedicine Online | Year: 2015

Poor responders represent a significant percentage of couples treated in IVF units (10-24%), but the standard definition of poor responders remains uncertain and consequently optimal treatment options remain subjective and not evidence-based. In an attempt to provide uniformity on the definition, diagnosis and treatment of poor responders, a worldwide survey was conducted asking IVF professionals a set of questions on this complex topic. The survey was posted on www.IVF-worldwide.com, the largest and most comprehensive IVF-focused website for physicians and embryologists. A total of 196 centres replied, forming a panel of IVF units with a median of 400 cycles per year. The present study shows that the definition of poor responders is still subjective, and many practices do not use evidence-based treatment for this category of patients. Our hope is that by leveraging the great potential of the internet, future studies may provide immediate large-scale sampling to standardize both poor responder definition and treatment options. © 2015 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. All rights reserved.


PubMed | The Womens Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Humanitas Research Hospital Fertility Center, Yale University and 3 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Reproductive biomedicine online | Year: 2015

Poor responders represent a significant percentage of couples treated inIVF units (10-24%), but the standard definition of poor responders remains uncertain and consequently optimal treatment options remain subjective and not evidence-based. In an attempt to provide uniformity on the definition, diagnosis and treatment of poor responders, a worldwide survey was conducted asking IVF professionals a set of questions on this complex topic. The survey was posted on www.IVF-worldwide.com, the largest and most comprehensive IVF-focused website for physicians and embryologists. A total of 196 centres replied, forming a panel of IVF units with a median of 400 cycles per year. The present study shows that the definition of poor responders is still subjective, and many practices do not use evidence-based treatment for this category of patients. Our hope is that by leveraging the great potential of the internet, future studies may provide immediate large-scale sampling to standardize both poor responder definition and treatment options.

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