Simplifying ovulation induction for surrogacy in women with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome

Z. Ben-Rafael, I. Bar-Hava, T. Levy, R. Orvieto

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A simple approach for ovulation induction in women with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH-S) during in-vitro fertilization (IVF)/freezing/surrogacy cycles was evaluated. Weekly progesterone plasma concentrations were measured in order to accurately establish the luteal phase in MRKH-S women. When a rising titre was detected, a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogue (GnRHa) was administered as part of a long protocol. Two weeks later human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG) therapy was started. Ten treatment cycles in four women with MRKH-S were carried out. In all cases, three or less progesterone estimations were needed. Three of the four women are now, through surrogacy, genetic mothers; one of them has two children. We concluded that weekly determination of progesterone plasma concentration is a convenient, efficient and inexpensive simple approach to identify the luteal phase, and therefore suitable to the start of a GnRHa/HMG protocol in MRKH-S women enrolled in an assisted reproduction technology programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1470-1471
Number of pages2
JournalHuman Reproduction
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • ART
  • Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser
  • Ovulation induction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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