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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2010 Oct;111(1):95-100.

Ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: No. 242, May 2010.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review current non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic options for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

OPTIONS:

This guideline reviews the evidence for the various options for ovulation induction in PCOS.

OUTCOMES:

Ovulation, pregnancy and live birth rates, risks, and side effects are the outcomes of interest.

EVIDENCE:

Published literature was retrieved through searches of Medline using appropriate controlled vocabulary and key words. Results were restricted to systematic reviews, randomized control trials/controlled clinical trials, and observational studies. Grey (unpublished) literature was identified through searching the websites of health technology assessment and of health technology assessment-related agencies, clinical practice guideline collections, clinical trial registries, and national and international medical specialty societies.

VALUES:

The evidence gathered was reviewed and evaluated by the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. The quality of evidence was quantified using the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.

BENEFITS, HARMS, AND COSTS:

Benefits include weight reduction and improvements in ovulation, pregnancy, and live birth rates. Potential harms include medication side effects and multiple pregnancies.

VALIDATION:

These guidelines have been reviewed and approved by the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Committee of the SOGC.

PMID:
20848729
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2010.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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