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Endometrioma and ART: Does the Needle Work?

Rashmi P Hagargi

Citation Information : Hagargi RP. Endometrioma and ART: Does the Needle Work?. Int J Infertil Fetal Med 2011; 2 (1):23-31.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10016-1013

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


Aim and Objectives

The aim of this study was to see if the fertility outcome improved when IVF/ICSI was done after administration of GnRH analogs and cyst aspiration in comparison with patients in whom either only cyst aspiration or only GnRh analogs were administered.

Materials and methods

This was a prospective study done in a tertiary level ART center which included 30 patients over a span of 5 years from 2004 to 2009. All of them had endometriomas and underwent assisted reproductive techniques (ART) either after cyst aspiration with or without GnRH analog pretreatment or only GnRH analog pretreatment.

Depending on the pretreatment received, they were classified into three groups:

• Group B: Both GnRH analog and cyst aspiration

• Group C: Only cyst aspiration

• Group G: Only GnRH analog.

The patients were not randomized.

The number of days required for stimulation, total dose of stimulation required, number of oocytes obtained, quality of embryos, and the pregnancy rates for each group were tabulated for comparison.

Statistical analysis

The significance of the difference in ART outcome after the different modalities of pretreatment, which was estimated in terms of pregnancy rates was evaluated by calculating the p-value.

Observations and results

Significant difference was observed between the pregnancy rates in the three groups, with the maximum pregnancy rate in group B, followed by the group G and then the group C. The p-value showed a trend, though not statistically significant, indicating the need for larger prospective studies with greater number of subjects.


Pretreating endometriomas by aspirating the cysts and administering three doses of GnRH analog depot preparation prior to IVF/ICSI seems to be better than administering GnRH analog depot preparation alone or aspirating the cysts alone in terms of the number of days required for stimulation, the number of oocytes obtained, and the clinical pregnancy rates.

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