A recent article in the Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology journal has published research that focuses on the benefits of customizing IVF treatments to meet the individual needs of each patient.
In the article, "Individualised controlled ovarian stimulation (iCOS): maximising success rates for assisted reproductive technology patients ," authors Ernesto Bosch and Diego Ezcurra connect the increase in IVF success rates over the past twenty years with the trend towards individualized treatment protocols. Emphasizing the various IVF techniques and treatments available in controlled ovarian stimulation (COS), the authors recognize that the varying methods administered throughout the fertility treatment field can be tailored even further to make treatments safer and more effective for patients.
Through conventional IVF, hormone treatments have traditionally been administered in a standardized fashion, which can carry high risks for multiple pregnancies and ovarian hyperstimulation issues that benefit neither the mother nor child(ren). Individualized controlled ovarian stimulation (iCOS) techniques, such as Mini-IVF,™ make sure fertility medications are administered in a more customized fashion to best meet the needs of each patient. As the authors most notably point out:
"Given the heterogeneity of patients embarking on IVF, and the fact that many different drugs can be used alone or in different combinations (generating multiple potential protocols of controlled ovarian stimulation), we consider the need to identify special populations of patients and adapt treatment protocols accordingly (source: RBEJ)."
We applaud the research done here for recognizing the importance of customization in the area of IVF protocols. At New Hope, we are currently gathering similar data for our study that compares our Mini-IVF™ treatment with conventional IVF treatments, which we hope will only help our clinic maintain its position as a leader in the area of fertility care as we continue our own education on the topic.
We will have more on New Hope's study in the coming months, and you can click here for the latest information on our minimal stimulation techniques.