Clinical adjuncts in in vitro fertilization: a growing list

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Authors:

Mohan S. Kamath, M.S., Mariano Mascarenhas, M.S., Sebastian Franik, M.D., Emily Liu, F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.G., Sesh Kamal Sunkara, M.D.

Abstract:

A growing list of clinical adjuncts are being used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Most of these IVF add-ons (such as growth hormone, aspirin, heparin, dehydroepiandrostenedione, testosterone, male and female antioxidants, and screening hysteroscopy) are being introduced into routine clinical practice in a hurried manner without any clear evidence of benefit in most cases. These add-ons make the IVF more complicated and increase the overall cost for the treatment, which is borne by the couples and health care providers. Our current review found no high-quality evidence to support the use of these IVF add-ons in routine practice. Large, well-designed, randomized trials must be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of these interventions. There is also a pressing need to develop an evidence-dictated mechanism for introducing newer interventions into routine clinical settings.


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