To investigate if the combination of clomiphene citrate, hMG, and cetrorelix (CC/hMG/cetrorelix protocol) can be applied to patients who had excessive response to GnRHa long protocol.
Fifty patients who coasted and failed to conceive in their first cycles stimulated with GnRHa long protocol were stimulated with CC/hMG/cetrorelix protocol. The peak serum estradiol levels, the need of coasting and prolonged coasting (>/=4 days), and the incidences of OHSS were compared.
The peak estradiol level was significantly lower with CC/hMG/cetrorelix protocol compared to GnRHa long protocol. With CC/hMG/cetrorelix protocol, only four patients (8%) needed coasting and no one coasted >/=4 days. In contrast, in the first cycles, 11 patients (22%) needed coasting >/=4 days. The incidence of moderate OHSS was significantly lower with CC/hMG/cetrorelix protocol.
The CC/hMG/cetrorelix protocol is an acceptable alternative protocol for patients who had excessive response to GnRHa long protocol.