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article imageStudy Finds A Conceivable Boon Of The Birth Control Pill

By Saikat Basu     Mar 25, 2008 in Health
In a study, which promises to bring a smile of relief to hopeful couples around the world, the birth control pill has been found to be a surprising ally in aiding the success of in-vitro fertilization births.
In the latest study conducted by Israeli doctors, the pill has been found to have a welcome complementary effect. It sounds like a contradiction but the same pill which has been used for decades to prevent unwanted pregnancies can now be used under controlled supervision to regulate fertility.
The latest study, conducted on 1,800 women at the Infertility and IVF Unit at the Helen Schneider Hospital for Women, Rabin Medical Centre is said to be the largest study undertaken on infertility and use of the pill so far. Also the study equally looked at the impact of a patients age, her ovarian response, the characteristics of her cycle, to the the ultimate outcome of a birth.
IVF or In Vitro Fertilization, is often the last hope for couples planning a child. Clinicians have long known that the ability to co-ordinate the IVF process with the a woman's conception cycle is vital for its success. In the usual practice doctors start the IVF treatment from the moment a woman gets her period. But according to the doctors this technique places a lot of stress on both the doctors and the patients as the number of mature eggs is not under control in most of the cases. The team of researchers led by Dr. Haim Pinkas used a standard low dose pill to time and control the egg production to increase the chances of success for IVF. As the research has found, using birth control pills, for 10-14 days after a period, allows the treatment to be adjusted without compromising the 'ovarian response to stimulation.'
One of the main drawbacks in treating infertility is timing a woman’s body with the clinic’s schedule, so we can get as many mature eggs as possible. IVF clinics can be extremely busy,” said Dr. Pinkas
With this method, egg-harvesting and IVF can fall on a date mutually convenient to both the clinician and patient. Dr Pinkas adds, that attempts to conceive a baby are often stressful and couples have to necessarily work around a lot of their schedules. With such a control mechanism, the stress is reduced for both the doctors and the patients. As the study promises, at least in IVF cases, couples can now look forward to more easy births and less birth pangs.
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