- Recommendation ID
- Expectant management before IVF:- What is the optimum period of expectant management for women of different age groups before invasive treatment such as IVF is considered?
- Any explanatory notes
- Why this is important:- Where there is no known cause for infertility, expectant management increases the cumulative chances of successful conception. However, the chances of a live birth both by natural conception and by using assisted reproductive technology decline with advancing age because of a woman's decreasing ovarian reserve. The guideline currently recommends a shorter period of expectant management for women who are 36 years or older. This is a very crude cut-off. If there were better evidence it might be possible to customise the period of expectant management based on a woman's age, including longer periods of expectant management for younger women.
Source guidance details
- Comes from guidance
- Fertility problems: assessment and treatment
- Date issued
- February 2013
|Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research?||No|
|Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?||No|