Southern Ontario Fertility Technologies

 


 

85% of our SOFT patients get pregnant with IUI. Not all patients need IVF.

How?  We are the only fertility centre in London that performs IUI with the use of FSH injections to help you get pregnant without needing IVF! 

  • At SOFT, there are NO innacurate ovulation kits to determine LH surge and NO guessing of timing of ovulation and IUI. 
    We monitor LH surge with blood work!
  • SOFT uses FSH INJECTIONS  safely when needed to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant!
  • SOFT has THE SHORTEST IVF WAIT LIST, if needed.

Injectable Fertility Medications include hormones, FSH, Follicle Stimulating Hormone and LH, Lutenizing Hormone
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

When FSH and LH are produced in improper amounts by the pituitary gland, abnormalities of ovulation may occur. Gonal-F, Follistim, Bravelle and Menopur all contain FSH and function by stimulating the ovaries to develop eggs. FSH stimulation is also of great benefit in patients who lack normal pituitary function and thus require assistance to achieve ovulation. FSH has also been used to treat normally ovulating women who have not become pregnant by conventional means (as an empiric therapy) along with intrauterine insemination (IUI). In this circumstance, FSH stimulation is combined with IUI in an attempt to increase the number of eggs ovulated and, as a result, increase the likelihood of pregnancy. FSH is also used to produce Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation which results in producing more follicles for In Vitro Fertilization.

Success Rates with Injectable Fertility Medications

The success rate with FSH will depend upon the reason for using it. If FSH is used strictly for patients who are not ovulating, but have no other infertility factors, then success rates approach 60-70% after 3-6 IUI cycles.

If FSH/IUI is used in patients as empirical therapy to increase the likelihood of pregnancy, then success rates are approximately 30% after 3-4 cycles. That is, one in three women completing 3-4 cycles of “empiric” FSH/IUI therapy will achieve pregnancy.

An excellent study published in 1998 reviewed results from 45 other published studies of fertility treatments for unexplained infertility. The study attempted to determine an "average success rate" for various forms of fertility treatment for couples with unexplained infertility. As a brief summary of this study, they found:

Type of Treatment

Approximate Chance for Pregnancy Per Month

Try on own - no treatment

1.3-4.1%

Insemination, no ovarian stimulation

3.8%

Clomid + intercourse

5.6%

Clomid + insemination

8.3%

Injectable meds + intercourse

7.7%

Injectable meds + insemination

17.1%

From: Guzick D, et al: Efficacy of treatment for unexplained infertility. Fertility and Sterility 1998;70:207-213.)