Fast-Track Infertility Treatments: Quicker Pregnancies, Lower Costs

June 30, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A groundbreaking in-vitro fertilization or IVF clinical trial conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, shows that accelerating the move to IVF in the treatment cycle, leads to quicker pregnancies, a reduced risk of multiple births and a significant costs savings.

Lead researcher, Dr. Richard Reindollar, conducted the IVF clinical trial of what’s referred to as FASTT, meaning fast-track and standard treatment. The new shortened treatment process eliminates the unnecessary and costly step of a series of fertility injections with insemination.

The shorter treatment protocol, proceeds directly to IVF after three cycles of the fertility pill combined with inseminations or IUI. The results were extremely encouraging, showing more pregnancies achieved in shorter time periods, at a cost savings of $2,624 per couple with lower delivery costs as well.

The clinical trial treated 503 infertile couples in a randomized controlled trial, treating half of the patients with the shortened protocol and the other half with the standard protocol. At the conclusion of the study, 64 percent oft he participating couples delivered at least one baby.

Babies were born to 150 out of 247 couples receiving the conventional fertility treatment and 171 out of 256 couples receiving the accelerated treatment. Not only did the accelerated group achieve more pregnancies, they became pregnant in a shorter time.

Couples in the accelerated group became pregnant in an average time of eight months compared to 11 months for the standard group.

This groundbreaking study is available in the journal Fertility and Sterility.



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